Board of Experts
Through relationships, established over a period of time, the company has managed to acquired a diverse network of skills and experience in all aspects of agriculture and community development. Many of these relationships are seated in a variety of partnership and contractor agreements.These motivated people are hand-picked because of their passion for agriculture and desire to see communities transformed through it.
Hein Holm has a degree in Personnel Management with a further qualification in IT systems through UNISA. For the last 19 years he has been involved in operational management with specific focus on health care, agriculture and community development. Together with his wife Charlene, they started the FarmForAfrica Group and later the FarmForAfrica Trust with Hein being the chairman. He is also the founder of the OwnACowInAfrica investment concept the Ndebele Land Development Holdings and the MYPeople NPC. Hein is the CEO of OwnACowInAfrica and a director on the other boards.
Livestock and Crops
Riaan Rauch (FarmForAfrica Trustee)
Commercial Farmer – Riaan is a commercial Marino sheep farmer in the Free State with 20years of experience in various aspect of the production of irrigated feed like lusern and maize.
Jacobus van der Merwe
Commercial Farmer in Mozambique – Jacobus van der Merwe is currently residing in Mozambique and has an MSc degree in Plant Physiology. He specialized in organic production while he was a director at the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. Jacobus was the production manager of “Companhia do Vanduzi”, one of the largest vegetable producers in Africa.
Previously Resource Auditor for the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Directorate Land, Directorate Land Use and Soil Management (LUSM). David has for the last 27 years in the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries.His focus has been the protection of wetlands. He served on the various Water Research Commission research projects as steering member. David is currently a full-time commercial maize and cattle farmers with a passion for regenerative agricultural practices.
Research and Development
Managing Director of Sapling Carbon Fertilizers – Ferdi is the Managing Director of the above Company selling carbon based fertilizers into the commercial market. Qualifications: Agri Dip, MBA, Ph.D. Thesis was about the role of carbon as a plant nutrient and how to apply water and fertilizer so that we can maximize the usage of both these elements in the soil by applying certain practices and irrigation scheduling. Developed a technique to activate carbon via a pyrolysis process so that it can be used in fertilizer to increase the carbon content in our soils.
Monitoring and Instrumentation
Managing Director of SM Enviro – SM Enviro is a supply company, specializing in environmental monitoring instrumentation, systems and electrical equipment.
Training & Skills Development
20 years experienced training and development specialist focusing on development and execution of impact and practical training interventions. Been involved with various training initiatives with corporate companies over the last 20 years and will always focus on how to make the theory into practical usable interventions. Studied at RAU for honors in human resource development.
Renaldi Prinsloo has a background in early childhood curriculum development, with a focus on training educators. She has worked in adult training sectors within the global labor movement, education and agriculture sector. Her passion is to develop education methodologies for the people.
Trade and Marketing
Donald de Bruin
Donald has a b.com Agri Business management degree, with 6 years of Commodity trading and supply chain management. (Maize, Sunflower, soybeans and Sorghum), and 5 years risk management and procurement of raw materials for staple food manufacturing company.
Infrastructure & Construction
Fritz is an Architect graduate from the University of Pretoria. Fritz has 22 years experience in commercial practice on small to R500m projects on all aspects of Architecture. He is currently in partnership with Leani Verbeek Metz for 10 years and practicing as Metz Metz Architects. They are situated in Pretoria from where they provide the entire range of architectural services to all regions of Southern Africa.
Wayne has been an entrepreneur for the last 18 years, managing his own businesses for most of that time. This skill and knowledge of the financial markets has seen him managing and later owning PFC (Personal Financial Services). PFC is a property investment company that manages the portfolios of investors in commercial buildings. In his passion for people and business, he has assisted many people in setting-up businesses. Wayne is FSB registered.
Andre is a independent financial consultant who enjoys assisting businesses to become more successful. He has 17 years experience working as a qualified financial manager in retail, wholesale, import and manufacturing environments.
Standards and Procedures
Private Consultant – Listelle is responsible for design, development, administration and implementation of suitable project quality management system in line with prescribed standards. Experienced consultant to Eskom since September 1997. Initially involved in Document Management, later on administration, design, development and implementation of Quality Management Systems, as well as internal auditing.
Community Health and Nutrition
Dr. Anton Janse van Rensburg
Managing Director of The Source – Dr Anton is a medical doctor who has devoted himself to the study of unique, scientifically-sound solutions to modern diseases. He is also a metal toxicologist and is currently completing a master’s degree in Applied Human Nutrition. He has a management diploma through the Manchester School of Business and has diverse experience in both the clinical and business aspects of healthcare.
Michelle Janse Van Rensburg
BOccTher (UP), MPH (WITS)
Michelle Janse van Rensburg is an Occupational Therapist with a master’s degree in Public Health. She has done NGO-work in rural, semi-rural and peri-urban settings across the country, as well as in Mozambique, Swaziland and rural China. She worked for nine years in academia as an occupational therapy lecturer at the University of Pretoria, where she specifically trained undergraduate students in community engagement through Academic Service Learning in poor communities such as Hammanskraal and Mamelodi. She then took a few years off to be with her young children. She is currently a part-time lecturer and researcher for the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria, lecturing community health workers in Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) and Public Health theory and researching this training.
She is particularly passionate about the well-being of children and people with disabilities in poor communities.
New Technology & IT Systems
Izak van der Merwe
Project leader for Renewable energy – Izak van der Merwe is an Industrial Engineer graduate from the University of Pretoria. He is involved in projects in the following fields: bio-energy, renewable energy, communications, infrastructure developments and banking systems. Izak’s professional career involved both consulting and practical application.