Professor Karaan’s sudden passing a big blow!

Agri SA has learned with sadness and shock of Professor Mohammad Karaan’s sudden passing due to Covid. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, colleagues, and institutions where he worked. May you find comfort in his legacy and humanity. He was indeed a well-loved and highly respected person.

During a recent meeting between Prof Karaan and the leadership of Agri SA, agricultural issues were discussed in detail and ideas were enthusiastically exchanged to determine the best way forward for the sector. Not only was he an expert who enjoyed great respect locally as well as internationally, but he also lived his passion for agriculture with conviction.

His contribution in many areas, especially regarding his involvement with the National Planning Commission, the establishment of ASUF (Agricultural Sector Unity Forum), the University of Stellenbosch and its Department of Agriculture and many other institutions, was invaluable.

The agricultural sector honors his contribution and carries on with his legacy. Rest in peace Prof Karaan.

Also, our deepest sympathy to the families of the late former Minister Gerrit van Rensburg who represented Agri Western Cape in Agri SA’s General Council and the late Welmar Ras of the RSA Market Agency who was also involved with Agri SA’s Corporate Chamber. We will cherish their memories with compassion.


Christo van der Rheede Agri SA, Executive Director (C) 083 380 3492

Pierre Vercueil Agri SA, President (C) 082 524 8636