Agri SA announces Board at the 2020 Congress

Agri SA congratulates the members of its Board who have been elected at the 2020 Congress. The Board is representative of the entire agricultural value chain, including Agri SA’s provincial affiliates, commodity organisations and corporate members.

“Covid-19 brought destruction to many sectors and especially the economy, but it afforded the agricultural sector and value chain to shine and provide food to the citizens of South Africa and still managed to export many products to various international markets. It is also the only sector that grew during this period, with 15%, showing again the importance of agriculture and its contribution to the economy. This shows the resilience of our sector” said Pierre Vercueil.

During the congress Pierre Vercueil was elected as Agri SA President. “I’m excited! With the assistance of the newly elected Board we will tackle various issues of importance to farmers. I rely on all our member organisations to work with us to achieve the necessary success”.

Pierre is a grain and livestock farmer from the North West province. He is a former president of Agri North West and served on may boards over time and bring valuable experience as a leader.

The Agri SA Board for 2020/21 is:
Pierre Vercueil – President
Phenias Gumede – Deputy president
Jaco Minnaar – Deputy president
Douglas Stern – General Affairs Chamber representative
Nicol Jansen – General Affairs Chamber representative
Piet Engelbrecht – General Affairs Chamber representative
SK Makinana – Commodity Chamber representative
Niël Joubert – Commodity Chamber representative
Derek Mathews – Commodity Chamber representative
Gerhard Diedericks – Corporate Chamber Representative
Rossouw Cillié – Corporate Chamber representative
Nic Bronkhorst – Corporate Chamber Representative
Dr Charlotte Nkuna – Independent Director
Dr Kathy Hurly – Independent Director

“The theme of the 2020 Congress was “Agriculture: Integral part of the economic value chain, adapting and building a new future” says Christo van der Rheede, Agri SA Executive Director. “We had various thought-provoking speakers that brought new insights that we can consider in our future work. On Wednesday we experienced the immense amount of work that has been done by our Centres of Excellence and chambers on behalf of Agri SA’s members. I am excited and look forward to work with the board in creating a conducive environment for our farmer members and farm workers to continue with their important work of producing food for our nation and create national stability”.

View the closing of congress here –

Christo van der Rheede
Agri SA Executive Director
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