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Seed Rep - Waterberg Irrigation - Nylstroom, Settlers, Groblersdal, Bela Bela, Marble Hall
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – Bapsfontein, Pretoria, SE Gauteng & West Mpumalanga
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – East London & Border Region
Kyle Edwards
Seed Rep – Vredendal, West Coast, Ceres & Koue Bokkeveld
Rynhardt Louw
Seed Rep – George, Addo & Eastern Cape
Malcolm Rose
Seed Rep – Western Cape, Overberg & Southern Cape
Zander Bekker
Seed Rep – Ellisras & Tom Burke
Jacques Malan
Seed Rep – Tzaneen, Mooketsi & Hoedspruit
Franna Geldenhuys
Seed Rep – Waterpoort & Northern Limpopo
Lionel Donovan
Seed Rep – Britz & North West
Niel van Wyk
Seed Rep – Bloemfontein, Southern Free State, Orange River, Upington & Eastern Free State
Riekus Bezuidenhoudt
Seed Rep – Kimberley, Western Free State & Vaal River
Arno Kruger
Eastern Seed Sales Manager
Johan du Plessis
Seed Rep – Balito, Swaziland, North Coast & Northern KwaZulu-Natal
Ryno van Zyl
Seed Rep – Howick, Southern KwaZulu-Natal
Chris van Blerk
Seed Rep – Bapsfontein, Pretoria, SE Gauteng & West Mpumalanga
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – Nelspruit & Mpumalanga Lowveld
Luan Coetzee
Northern Seed Sales Manager
CG Smit
Seed Rep & Product Manager – North West, Western Gauteng, Carrot & Beetroot
Cobus de Beer
Southern Seed Sales Manager & Product Manager - Watermelon & Sweet Melon
Riaan Duvenhage
Seed Rep - Waterberg Irrigation - Nylstroom, Settlers, Groblersdal, Bela Bela, Marble Hall
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – Bapsfontein, Pretoria, SE Gauteng & West Mpumalanga
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – East London & Border Region
Kyle Edwards
Seed Rep – Vredendal, West Coast, Ceres & Koue Bokkeveld
Rynhardt Louw
Seed Rep – George, Addo & Eastern Cape
Malcolm Rose
Seed Rep – Western Cape, Overberg & Southern Cape
Zander Bekker
Seed Rep – Ellisras & Tom Burke
Jacques Malan
Seed Rep – Tzaneen, Mooketsi & Hoedspruit
Franna Geldenhuys
Seed Rep – Waterpoort & Northern Limpopo
Lionel Donovan
Seed Rep – Britz & North West
Niel van Wyk
Seed Rep – Bloemfontein, Southern Free State, Orange River, Upington & Eastern Free State
Riekus Bezuidenhoudt
Seed Rep – Kimberley, Western Free State & Vaal River
Arno Kruger
Eastern Seed Sales Manager
Johan du Plessis
Seed Rep – Balito, Swaziland, North Coast & Northern KwaZulu-Natal
Ryno van Zyl
Seed Rep – Howick, Southern KwaZulu-Natal
Chris van Blerk
Seed Rep – Bapsfontein, Pretoria, SE Gauteng & West Mpumalanga
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – Nelspruit & Mpumalanga Lowveld
Luan Coetzee
Northern Seed Sales Manager
CG Smit
Seed Rep & Product Manager – North West, Western Gauteng, Carrot & Beetroot
Cobus de Beer
Southern Seed Sales Manager & Product Manager - Watermelon & Sweet Melon
Riaan Duvenhage
Seed Rep - Waterberg Irrigation - Nylstroom, Settlers, Groblersdal, Bela Bela, Marble Hall
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – Bapsfontein, Pretoria, SE Gauteng & West Mpumalanga
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – East London & Border Region
Kyle Edwards
Seed Rep – Vredendal, West Coast, Ceres & Koue Bokkeveld
Rynhardt Louw
Seed Rep – George, Addo & Eastern Cape
Malcolm Rose
Seed Rep – Western Cape, Overberg & Southern Cape
Zander Bekker
Seed Rep – Ellisras & Tom Burke
Jacques Malan
Seed Rep – Tzaneen, Mooketsi & Hoedspruit
Franna Geldenhuys
Seed Rep – Waterpoort & Northern Limpopo
Lionel Donovan
Seed Rep – Britz & North West
Niel van Wyk
Seed Rep – Bloemfontein, Southern Free State, Orange River, Upington & Eastern Free State
Riekus Bezuidenhoudt
Seed Rep – Kimberley, Western Free State & Vaal River
Arno Kruger
Eastern Seed Sales Manager
Johan du Plessis
Seed Rep – Balito, Swaziland, North Coast & Northern KwaZulu-Natal
Ryno van Zyl
Seed Rep – Howick, Southern KwaZulu-Natal
Chris van Blerk
Seed Rep – Bapsfontein, Pretoria, SE Gauteng & West Mpumalanga
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – Nelspruit & Mpumalanga Lowveld
Luan Coetzee
Northern Seed Sales Manager
CG Smit
Seed Rep & Product Manager – North West, Western Gauteng, Carrot & Beetroot
Cobus de Beer
Southern Seed Sales Manager & Product Manager - Watermelon & Sweet Melon
Riaan Duvenhage
NAMIBIA

Namibia

Marketing Co-Ordinator
Terry-Leigh McLaren
Graphic Designer
Melisca Wakeford
Managing Director
Bryan Featonby Smith
Bryan has served Starke Ayres for over three decades. After obtaining his PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, he started his career as Starke Ayres research manager in 1986. With the company’s significant investment in research and development in vegetable seeds, Bryan was promoted to Research Director in 1994 and oversaw the advancement of nine vegetable breeding programmes. Since 2006, Bryan has been responsible for the overall strategic growth of the company in his capacity as Managing Director. Qualifications: PhD in Plant Physiology – University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Seed Rep - Waterberg Irrigation - Nylstroom, Settlers, Groblersdal, Bela Bela, Marble Hall
Henico Alberts
Northern Retail Rep – Nurseries
Johan Du Preez
Chief Operating Officer
Gregory Cleeve-Edwards
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Greg used his financial background and looked for roles that involved strategy and business performance at both KPMG and Anglo American. With this financial services and mining experience, Greg joined Starke Ayres in 2015 with a focus on special projects and business analysis. He has subsequently been appointed to the board of directors and is now Chief Operating Officer. Qualifications: B.Com Honours in Accountancy – University of Johannesburg, Chartered Accountant (South Africa)
Research Director
Glendon Ascough
In December 2009, Glendon Ascough started his career at Pannar KZN as a Biotechnology Researcher. He then moved on to manage Starke Ayres South Africa’s Biotechnology laboratory – the first lab in Africa to have a high throughput robotic SNP genotyping platform. In 2014, he was promoted to Research Manager of Starke Ayres and then to Research Director in November 2016. Glendon is responsible for overseeing the Research Department which includes biotechnology and pathology research, molecular breeding, genomics research, as well as the team of breeders who are responsible for developing and breeding new vegetable varieties. Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Plant Molecular Biology & Physiology and Genetics; PhD (Botany)
Production Director
Courtney Field
Courtney Field studied at the University of Natal, graduating with a M.SC in Botany in 2001. He worked in the floriculture and horticulture industries for 5 years before joining Starke Ayres in 2006 as a Product Manager. In 2010 Courtney made the move to the Production Department, first as the Production Agronomist and then as Production Manager and subsequently as Production Director from 2012. Courtney oversees the production of all of the Starke Ayres products across the globe. Qualifications: University of Natal (Pmb) – M.SC – Botany
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer (National)
Frikkie Bam
Frikkie Bam studied at the Technikon of the Frees State completing a National Diploma in Civil Engineering. He joined the Department of Agriculture in 1995 as a lecturer in Engineering at the Glen Agricultural College. Frikkie joined Starke Ayres in 2000 as a sales representative in the Free State area. In 2006 he was promoted to Sales Manager of the Eastern Region. In 2008 he also took over the responsibility as Sales Manager of the Northern Region, Botswana and Namibia. In 2009 he was promoted to National Sales Manager. In 2011 he was appointed as Seed Sales Director of Starke Ayres Seed (PTY). Frikkie is currently responsible for all professional seed sales in South Africa. Qualifications: Nat Dip Civ Eng
Financial Director
Tony Pollard
Tony Pollard studied at Durban University, completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1984. He joined Ernst and Young in 1986 where he completed his articles and obtained his Honours degree in Accounting before becoming a CA (SA) in 1989. Tony spent three years with Freshmark in Cape Town before moving overseas and working in London and Sydney until 2000. During his time in Australia he became a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. On his return to Cape Town he was appointed as the Financial Director of Puma South Africa before joining Starke Ayres in 2002. Tony is currently the Financial Director of Starke Ayres and Kombat and a Director of Starke Ayres Namibia, Zambia and Kenya. Qualifications: UKZNDbn – B.Com Unisa B.Acc (Honours) CA(SA)
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer (International)
Nico van Rensburg
Nico graduated at the University of Free State in 1990 with B.Sc Agric Hons. After working for the Department of Agriculture in the Free State, Nico joined Starke Ayres in 1995 as a Regional Technical Advisor and worked with all vegetable species grown in the Free State and Northern Cape. In 1999 Nico was promoted to National Crop Specialist Manager for Cucurbits and two years later he became the National Sales Manager for the Bulk Seed Commercial Market and relocated to Pretoria. In July 2006, Nico was appointed as a Marketing Director and in 2018 he was appointed as the International Sales Director. His main focus is to develop the sales of Starke Ayres proprietary products across key world markets. Qualifications: B.Sc Agric Hons
Operations Director
Danny van der Westhuizen
After having spent over 10 years in logistics and supply chain in the armaments and printing inks industries, Danny joined Starke Ayres in February 1991 as National Procurement Manager. He was promoted to Assistant Operations Manager in March 1996, to National Operations manager in 1998 and was appointed to the board as Operations Director in March 2005. The focus of his portfolio is procurement, quality assurance, seed processing & packing, customer services and distribution. He is also actively involved in the operations of Starke Ayres’s international companies in Africa.
Seed Rep – Western Cape, Overberg & Southern Cape
Zander Bekker
Southern Retail Rep – Northern Cape
Amanda Windt
Southern Retail Rep – Cape Town Northern Suburbs & West Coast
Jerome Jacobs
Eastern Retail Rep – Bloemfontein
Linda de Castro
Southern Retail Rep – Boland, Winelands
Riana Burger
Northern Retail Rep – Northern North West & Southern Limpopo
Louwrens Bosch
Northern Retail Rep – Mpumalanga, Nelspruit & Swaziland (Lowveld)
Zander Groenewald
Northern Retail Rep – Independent customers (Spar)
Phumelela Mhlola
Northern Retail Rep – Mpumalanga
Jana de Meyer
Eastern Retail Rep – KZN North Coast, Swaziland
Mbuso Makhathini
Eastern Retail Rep – South Coast, Lesotho, New Castle
Nigel August
Eastern Retail Rep – Durban, Midlands
Mabandla Sibisi
Eastern Retail Rep – East London
Brenton Gush
Central Retail Rep – North West Province
Renier Jansen van Rensburg
Central Retail Rep – East Rand, North Rand, South Rand & West Rand
Bradley Britz
Central Retail – Johannesburg South and Central
Goodwill Mokoena
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Central Retail Rep – East Rand & South Rand
Abel Matodzi
National Retail Sales Manager
Clint Sandilands
Product Manager – Intermediate day onion (Western & Northern Cape), broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower & lettuce
Pieter Venter
Product Manager – Tomato, Sweet Pepper, Hot Pepper & Brinjal
Koot Jacobs
Product Manager – Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower & herbs
Heinrich Kleyn
Product Manager – Proprietary onion & butternut
Gerhard de Beer
Product Manager – Short day onion (nationally), pumpkin, hubbard, gem squash & intermediate day onion (bushveld)
John Herbert
Product Manager – Lettuce, indoor pepper, cucumber, scallop & marrow
Frikkie Janse van Rensburg
Team Leader & Product Manager - Beans, Sweetcorn & Baby Corn
Boerie Erasmus
Seed Rep – East London & Border Region
Kyle Edwards
Seed Rep – Vredendal, West Coast, Ceres & Koue Bokkeveld
Rynhardt Louw
Seed Rep – George, Addo & Eastern Cape
Malcolm Rose
Seed Rep – Ellisras & Tom Burke
Jacques Malan
Seed Rep – Tzaneen, Mooketsi & Hoedspruit
Franna Geldenhuys
Seed Rep – Waterpoort & Northern Limpopo
Lionel Donovan
Seed Rep – Britz & North West
Niel van Wyk
Seed Rep – Bloemfontein, Southern Free State, Orange River, Upington & Eastern Free State
Riekus Bezuidenhoudt
Seed Rep – Kimberley, Western Free State & Vaal River
Arno Kruger
Seed Rep – Balito, Swaziland, North Coast & Northern KwaZulu-Natal
Ryno van Zyl
Seed Rep – Howick, Southern KwaZulu-Natal
Chris van Blerk
Seed Rep – Bapsfontein, Pretoria, SE Gauteng & West Mpumalanga
Henico Alberts
Seed Rep – Nelspruit & Mpumalanga Lowveld
Luan Coetzee
Seed Rep & Product Manager – North West, Western Gauteng, Carrot & Beetroot
Cobus de Beer
Southern Retail Sales Manager
Ze'ev Harris
Central Retail Sales Manager & Rep – Johannesburg South & Central
Tommie Trollip
Brand Ambassador
Johan Du Preez
Eastern Retail Sales Manager
Gary Gielink
Northern Retail Sales Manager
Gerrie Swart
Southern Seed Sales Manager & Product Manager - Watermelon & Sweet Melon
Riaan Duvenhage
Eastern Seed Sales Manager
Johan du Plessis
Northern Seed Sales Manager
CG Smit