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The research that we fund focuses on generating new knowledge, technologies or practices that are required to mitigate, avoid or overcome threats and risks and to leverage opportunities.

Our primary objective is to keep South African pome and stone fruit growers internationally competitive and economically sustainable.

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Science Team

Matthew Addison

Matthew Addison

Crop Protection programme manager
(positioned at Stellenbosch University)
Hugh Campbell

Hugh Campbell

General Manager: Hortgro Technical
Wiehann Steyn

Prof Wiehann Steyn

General Manager: Hortgro Science
Marno Van Der Westhuizen

Marno van der Westhuizen

Research Implementation Manager
Elise Marie

Elise-Marie Steenkamp

Group Communications Manager
Anita Van Staden

Anita van Staden

Research Administrator

Kyra Rensburg

Digital Media Specialist

Dr Renate Smit

Phytosanitary facility manager and researcher
(positioned at Stellenbosch University)
Terence Asia

Terence Asia

Crop Protection Technical Assistant
(positioned at Stellenbosch University)

Dr Minette Karsten

Researcher in Applied Entomology
(positioned at Stellenbosch University)
Nanike Edit

Dr Nanike Esterhuizen

Entomology Technician (positioned at Stellenbosch University)
Mariana Jooste

Mariana Jooste

Post-Harvest Programme Manager

Hortgro Science Advisory Council

  • Stephen Rabe (Chair)
  • Grant Smuts (Vice-Chair)
  • Charl Stander
  • Linde du Toit
  • Frikkie Jacobs
  • Dr Ilse Trautmann
  • Prof Karen Theron
  • Anton Rabe
  • Raymond Koopstad
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