The board of Fruit South Africa has appointed Justin Chadwick as chairperson and Vangile Titi-Msumza as vice chairperson with effect from 1 April.

These appointments align strategically with the industry’s agenda of strengthened partnerships with government, increased market access and transformation.

Chadwick welcomed the appointment, saying he appreciated the opportunity to build on the work of Fruit South Africa. As an association of associations, Chadwick said that Fruit South Africa has strong institutions in all fruit sectors, with good leadership and sound governance. He aims to continue Fruit South Africa’s role in uniting these associations to tackle common issues, face joint challenges and take advantage of opportunities.

Praising the strong leadership team of women at Fruit South Africa, Chadwick highlighted CEO, Konanani Liphadzi’s role in putting Fruit South Africa on the map through her stakeholder relations. He also noted the value of Vangile Titi-Msumza’s experience in diplomacy and international trade. The fruit industry being a key agricultural job creator and foreign exchange earner, Fruit South Africa would continue to focus on inclusive growth.

“It’s an honour to serve as vice-chair of this dynamic organisation, representing South Africa’s fruit industry,” said Titi-Msumza.

Fruit South Africa is a non-profit organisation and the umbrella body which represents the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa, the South African Table Grape Industry, Hortgro, the Fresh Producers Exporter Forum and the South African Subtropical Growers’ Association. – Press release