The Team

Jacqui Taylor - Founder and Managing Director

Jacqui has over 30 years of experience in the Tourism and Agriculture industries, both nationally and internationally.

She is passionate about marketing & communications and worked in NPO and Community Development Project environments in both Agricultural and Tourism fields.

Elzett Kotze - Web Administrator and Social Media Marketer

Elzett is a mother / coffee drinker / creative / horse lover / wife…...and a passionate gardener. Elzett and her family live the farm life on a small holding just outside of Riversdale, Western Cape, hence her passion for the outdoor, animals and farming.

Johan Rothmann - Videographer

Johan grew up on a farm near Balfour in Mpumalanga.

Always attracted to new technology, Johan started his career as a computer operator at the SABC a year before South Africa had its first television broadcast in 1976. When personal computers arrived on the global scene, Johan saw the opportunity and in 1981 founded Properdata that specialised in the development of agricultural applications. The company was very successful and had the majority share of farmers using its software all over South Africa.

Neels van Heerden - Agritourism Co-ordinator (Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West and Gauteng

Neels started his career as a public relations practitioner at the University of Pretoria while completing his BSc-degree in Agricultural Economics in 1985. He then pursued further studies in marketing and a career in academia from 1987. He completed a BCom (Hons), MCom and doctorate in marketing while climbing the academic ladder from junior lecturer to associate professor in marketing at Tuks. In 2009 he was appointed as full professor and head of the Department of Marketing, Logistics and Sport Management at Tshwane University of Technology. In 2015 he vacated this position and assumed the role of research professor in the Faculty of Management Sciences at TUT.

Herman Brandt - Student & Farmer Liaison

Herman is our newest member and absolutely love everything to do with farming.

Andre van Pletsen - Farmer Liaison

Business Director for Farmers and Corporates and has a wealth of experience in this field...

Thapelo Mabaleng - Master Student

Thapelo is busy with his Master in Agriculture through the Central University of Technology with the proposed topic of Agritouirsm in the Free State. He will only be completing his degree at the end of 2019.

Lesedi Nduna - Lecturer and PHD candidate at the university of South Africa

Lesedi is passionate about life, a foodie, coffee drinker and loves hiking and being outdoors.

Wendy Engel - Chairperson

Wendy is an agriculture economist and part-time farmer working as a researcher on the WWF SA Nedbank Sustainable Agriculture Partnership with 15 years experience in agriculture, finance and conservation. She has previously held posisions as Economist at UCT's Energy Research Centre and Barclays Africa Agribusiness after formative years working in non-profit sector focused on advocacy and project implementation in Small-Scale Farmer development, Sustainable Energy and climate change.

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