Fruit South Africa selected a new chairperson and vice-chairperson at a recent board meeting. Bongiwe Njobe is the new chairperson of Fruit SA and Justin Chadwick is the new vice-chairperson.

Fruit SA strives, through its facilitative role, to contribute to a growing, profitable, sustainable and equitable fruit industry in South Africa. The sector exports more than 60% of local fruit to more than 90 countries.

“I am excited to be taking on this role at this time. Hopefully, the ”green shoots” of economic growth globally, the renewed political and governance space nationally and the visible opportunities for transformation and growth in the fruit sector will enable Fruit SA to achieve its objectives,” Njobe said. She also serves as a director on the board of the deciduous fruit industry, Hortgro. Njobe has deep roots in the agricultural sector and holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the Agriculture University – Vassil Kolarov in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Last year, Njobe was elected as chair of the Global Forum for Agricultural Research (GFAR). She also served as the director-general of the South African Department of Agriculture between 1997 and 2005.

Chadwick says he is looking forward to working closely with Njobe, who he has worked with since the South African citrus industry gained access to China in 2004. The Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) was established by citrus growers in the wake of deregulation in 1997 and represents the interests of citrus producers and exporters.

“We look forward to bringing new energy to the activities of Fruit SA. Bongi has wide experience of the entire agricultural sector, and has exposure to industry developments around the world which adds to the experience on the board,” Chadwick emphasised. – Press release