Agri Western Cape held its annual congress online on 15 October. During the event, Villiers Loubser, a grain producer from Durbanville, was elected as the new president of the organisation. He succeeds Cornie Swart, who has served as president since 2011. He also follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who both served as presidents.
Heinie du Toit was elected as the new vice-president. He is a fruit producer at Ceres in the Koue Bokkeveld and has served as Agri Western Cape’s regional manager for the Witzenberg region since 2015. He succeeds Hugo de Waal.
Liam Viljoen, a grain and wine producer from Malmesbury, and Laubscher Coetzee, an ostrich producer from Oudtshoorn, were elected chairperson and vice-chairperson of Agri Western Cape’s General Business Chamber.
Swart said he was excited to hand over the reins to a relatively young team. “You are taking over a strong and prosperous organisation and I am proud and confident of the hands that will now hold the reins. I know you understand the heart of agriculture and I wish you all the best.” – Press release, Agri Western Cape