Dirk van Papendorp
Dirk van Papendorp is the third generation of Van Papendorp’s on their family farm Voorstekop, in the Heidelberg district. He completed his school education in 1982 at Heidelberg High School. He got his B.Sc Agric degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1986, and after completing his military training, he obtained his Hons. (Agricultural Economics) at the same University. He then began farming on the family farm where he held various positions in organized agriculture among others – secretary of Heidelberg Farmers association, member of the Rural Council, Chairman of the GrainSA Canola Industry Committee and Board member of Region 27. Dirk is also involved at the Suurbraak Grain Farmers’ Cooperative where he is a mentor as well as a board member where he is closely involved with the bettering of willing developing Grain farmers in the Suurbraak community. He is married to Retha and together they are blessed with four beautiful girls who enjoys farm life in abundance with them.
Schalk is a native of Riviersonderend, where he matriculated in 1984. Currently he resides on the farm Van der Wattskraal. After school he studied at the Grootfontein College of Agriculture that specializes in sheep and wool majors. Since 1991 he’s been farming with grain and merino sheep in rotation with lucerne and medic pastures in the Stormsvlei and Riviersonderend area. Over the past ten years Schalk has served as Executive committee member of GrainSA, on the Directory of Agri Western Cape and Agrimega, and as Trustee of the Winter Grain Trust. In 2012 he was elected to the Board of Directories at SSK. Schalk is married to Landi and they have two sons, Schalk – Willem and Ben. His free time is spent with his family and he occasionally plays some golf. Agriculture in the Overberg is his passion and he believes there is no better place to farm with grain and sheep as right here at the Southern tip of Africa
Thys matriculated in 1995 from Oakdale Agricultural High School. In 1998 he obtained his B.Agric. (Admin) degree from the University of Stellenbosch, after which he settled into the farming industry. He farms with his father on the farm Leeukop in the Protem area. In 2009 he became one of SSK’s directors. He is married to Cara-Mari and they have two girls namely Gera & Minette.
Piet Sands Uys
In 1974 Piet matriculated from Jan van Riebeeck High School in Cape Town. Thereafter he completed his military training in the police in 1976. He then went to the University of Stellenbosch and in 1980 he obtained his degree in B.Econ with Economics, Business Economics an Industrial Psychology as majors. He started farming with his father, Pietie Uys, in 1981 and his brother, P.K. Uys, in 1982 on the farms Sandfontein and Meerlust. The farm has been in the Uys family since 1876, Piet is now the fifth-generation farming on Sandfontein. Piet married Janet Myburgh, a girl from Carnarvon, in 1983. They have 3 sons – Pietman, Johan and Loutjie and a daughter, McLeisch. Pietman is now farming with Piet on Sandfontein were they manage grain, merino sheep, cattle and ostriches. Piet has been on SSK’s Board of Directors since 1992, and is currently also part of some of SSK’s subsidiaries Board of Directors.
Marais Pienaar grew up in Murraysburg and matriculated there in 1985. Upon completing his National Service in Bloemfontein, he obtained his B.Agric at the University of the Orange Free State. Since 1991 he has been involved in agriculture, first in the livestock industry and since 2004 in the pome fruit industry in the Langkloof. He’s been the director of the Langkloof Farmers’ Cooperative from 2005 to 2007 and from 2007 to 2013 he served as director of Tuinroete Agri. Marais is married to Di and they have two daughters, Nerine-Mari and Gemma. His hobbies includes hunting, mountain biking and the outdoors.
Adriaan matriculated in 1995 at the Oakdale Agricultural High School in Riversdale. Thereafter he obtained his B. Agric Admin at Stellenbosch University. Adriaan was temporarily appointed as an SSK board member in August 2008 and in 2009 became a permanent member . He is also a director at Soill. He initially went to North America to work there before he started farming with his father (Dirkie) in 2001. He lives on the farm Wankie in the Heidelberg district. He and his wife Letetia have three sons, Drian, Deniel and Cristiaan. The farm currently consists of 100% sowing crops. His passion is conservation agriculture.
Thys matriculated in 1999 at Swellendam High School. He then completes an agricultural management course at Saasveld, George. 2003 he started a mixed farm near Swellendam with his father, focusing on the grain and sheep branch of the farm.
Johannes grew up on his father, Geoffrey’s, farm near Riversdale. He Matriculated in 1988 from Oakdale Agricultural High School. Thereafter in 1989 he began his national service and became a J.L. Instructor. He also studied at the University of Stellenbosch for an agricultural management course and in 1993 he joined his father on the farm. In 2011 they expanded their enterprise towards Heidelberg. Currently Johannes and his brother Geoffrey are farming together with grain and sheep. Johannes is Chairman and co-owner of Hessequa Abattoir, Riversdale. He is married to Rika, an avid Saddle Horse enthusiast. Their two daughters Anja and Korine share their mother’s love for horses, while Johannes likes mountain biking.
Freddie matriculated in 1978 at the Boland Agricultural High School in Paarl. He completed military service in 1980 and started farming in 1981. He served for six years on the management of Ruggens Agricultural Association, of which two years as chairman, also for three years on the Barley Industry Committee and nine years on the governing body of Swellendam Primary School of which seven years was as chairperson. Hy is married to Annette and they have two daughters, Freda and Margit, and a son, Christiaan. Freddie is a family man, who loves hunting and fishing. He believes that farming as a career is a very special way of life and believes that anyone can be successful in this industry as long as discipline and dedication is applied.
Nico de Kock
Nico was born in Vaalharts in the Northern Cape and completed his first school year there. For the biggest part of his school career he was in Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, but completed his last 3 years at Boys’ High School in Paarl. After two years’ service in the Airforce, of which about six months were at the Namibian border Nico achieved his B.Sc Agric, B.Sc Agric Honours and M.Sc Agric at the University of Stellenbosch. After completing his studies, he worked for three years as a researcher at the Department of Agriculture in Rustenburg and then for three more years at Sasol Fertilizer as regional agronomist in Ermelo. In 1990 he and his family moved to Swellendam where he joined SSK as agronomist. In 1994 Nico got the opportunity to start farming on Riet Valleij, near Suurbraak, where he’s still farming. Nico is married to Jeanne and they have three children, Nico, Riana and Annette. His faith and family is very important to him, but besides that he enjoys walking in the field in his free time, he loves native plants, birds and animals. He reads a lot, especially autobiographies, history and anything informative and uplifting. Nico has been on SSK’s Board of Directors since 2004 and serves as Director at Technifarm and as Chairman of the BBBEE-committee.
John matriculated in 1970 from Rondebosch Boys High School in Cape Town. In 1974 he obtained his B.Sc in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) degree and in 1977 his Hons.B.Sc Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) both from Stellenbosch University. He was then employed from 1975 to 1977 by the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University. He started farming in Klein Brak River (Mossel Bay district) in 1978 and from 1978 to 1996 he mainly farmed with vegetables, sheep and wheat. From 1997 he changed his industry and started with dairy and beef cattle. He served on several boards of directors of various agricultural enterprises and institutions, including the executive board of Agri Western Cape and Agri-SA. He is married to Marianthe and they have 3 children, a daughter and two sons. He has a weakness for traveling and reading, and an interest in history and English literature