Agri Western Cape welcomed its new CEO, Jannie Strydom, on 1 March. Strydom, who holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, took over the reins from Carl Opperman, who retired after 20 years as CEO of the organisation.
Strydom has extensive financial experience in agriculture and lectured agricultural management at Glen College. He also worked at the department of agriculture and, more recently, managed a cooperative development programme for a US based company, funded by USAID.
Strydom says he is honoured to follow in the footsteps of a man like Carl Opperman who left the sector a valuable legacy. “The Western Cape is built on a thriving and specialised agricultural sector. It is a privilege to be involved in organised agriculture and to contribute to taking the sector, as a key economic player, even more strongly into the future,” Strydom said. – Press release