Peter Ramaut

Chairman of the Board

Peter is an experienced Chief Financial Officer at different medium-sized international companies and an independent Board member with broad exposure to international business.

Besides his focus on compliance and structure, he supports transforming business strategy into the best financing structures to optimise value and return for the various stakeholders.

Nick van Huyssteen

Co-Founder

After completing his B. Com (Hons) majoring in Business Economics, Nick was involved in various industries supplying labour to the Mining and Petro-Chemical industry. He was the co-founder of African Bank Ltd. He remained in an executive capacity until 2000, whereafter he was involved in the Coal Mining industry, specifically the beneficiation of coal dumps. 

Michael Rodenburg

Co-Founder

Global CEO with international experience in building, scaling, global expansion, M&A & restructuring businesses within private equity backed, listed joint ventures & family owned businesses. Lived and worked in the USA, UAE, Switzerland, Belgium and South Africa.

Johan Swanepoel

Managing Director & Partner

Johan has more than 40 years of experience in fruit farming, logistics and distribution. Johan was involved with several significant agricultural developments in southern Africa, managing production that included fruit growing, sorting and packing. He developed and managed 170 ha of blueberry farms in North West and Gauteng Provinces, where he was responsible for effective and profitable management of all aspects of the farms, including: – Farm and infrastructure development | Crop & Fertigation Management | Nurseries and trials|Finance | HR, Labour and Skills development. Johan has a welcoming, hands-on approach and is passionate about his staff’s upliftment through training and development. He has upskilled thousands of employees into skilled artisans in the sustainable fruit growing sector.

Selma Nasheya

ESG Practitioner

Selma is experienced in ESG compliance and reporting, analysing value chains and developing sustainable business models. She also facilitates corporate social responsibility strategies and provides training on health and safety compliance requirements by integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into activities. Audits and training, executive and sustainability reporting, problem-solving, budgets, stakeholder relations, conducting policy analysis, project coordination, and management, stakeholder liaison, research, and report writing are among her responsibilities. Selma is involved in community outreach; she developed and runs a sustainable urban garden in Windhoek.

Meet the team!

Jaco Verryne

Estate Manager

Experienced, self-motivated, ethical, production driven individual with a key focus on planning, developing, executing and managing large-scale agricultural projects. Attention to detail, logistics, labour planning and a passionate attitude drives me to focus on the bigger picture.  It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.

Renè Schoeman

Assistant to Johan

Renè’s strong work ethic ensures all administrative and processing duties on the farm are run professionally. She provides crucial support and assistance to staff members as well as all HR admin functions. Renè is integral to the seamless functioning of the Saronsberries office. She believes in a strong organisational culture, a structured info management system with solid policies and procedures.

Mikhail Havenga

EHS Manager

Mikhail has a diverse background pertaining to the environment and agriculture, with a BSc in Conservation Ecology and in the final year of his MSc in Sustainable Agriculture from Stellenbosch University. He contributes to developing a sustainable equilibrium between agriculture and the environment. Some of Mikhail’s responsibilities include implementing and maintaining a sustainable environmental and social assessment and management system in a way that complies with local and international legislation. He also ensures the protection and conservation of biodiversity and respect for cultural diversity in the workplace. Mikhail is also leading the Saronsberries crop research trial as well as developing and managing quality assurance.

Phori Sehlooho

Production Manager

Phori’s key role is to promote production and build a friendly and approachable working environment. Soft on people and hard on standards is his motto.

Eddie Ueckermann

Agricultural Economist

Eddie is an Agricultural Economist working in both the analytical and practical aspects of Agri-Business & Farming. He uses his abilities toward improving sustainability in Agriculture by specialising in enterprise resource planning platforms.

Francois Boonzaaier

Compliance Officer

Francois has been working in the agricultural sector for the past 5 years, focusing mostly on farming stone fruit and blueberries.  At Saronsberries his focus is on compliance, ensuring that the farm maintains and even exceeds the global standards to export fruit.

Michael Nyirongo

Coldroom Supervisor

Michael is all about teamwork and hard work, ensuring that Saronsberries fruit is of the highest quality and that the working environment is safe for all employees.

Reabetswe Tjiane

Production Assistant

Reabetswe graduated in 2018 from Btech Crop Production at Tshwane University of Technology. Reabetswe duties include fertigation, irrigation, harvest planning, QC field, and cold room quality control.

Winny Masoma

Production Assistant

Winny has a very strong personality and good communication skills and she can control difficult situations and turn them around with great strategy.  Winny has more than 4 years of experience in agriculture. She is very passionate about working with people, and her focus is labor-related matters and managing large projects.

Colin Mankopan

Administration

Colin supports Saronsberries’ administrative requirements including assisting the team to ensure that all audit requirements are met. Colin’s attention to detail and structured way of working helps to keep the Saronsberries’ office organised and efficient.

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