The Afrilema team has accumulated decades of experience in the planning, implementation and management of agricultural projects throughout Africa. The team’s experience has given them access to local expertise across Africa and the benefit of strategic partnerships in all areas of agricultural development from early feasibility through to production, processing and logistics. Competence, experience and credibility - three key traits of effective and insightful consultancies - traits offered by Afrilema through its synergetic network of agribusiness professionals, many of whom are nationally or internationally recognised as leaders in their respective fields.
The members of the Afrilema management team include:
The Chief Executive and founder of Afrilema is Dr Dewald Pretorius. He has over 35 years' experience in agricultural and industrial management. Dewald has been instrumental in the development of over 90 land reform and commercial farming projects in Africa from conceptualisation and technical feasibility through to financial management and implementation. Dewald has a Nat Dip Agric (Soil conservation engineering), B Tech (Agricultural management), M-EntDev (Agriculture) and was awarded his PhD in relation to Agricultural Land Reform Projects in South Africa in 2011.
Frans Joubert (BSc-Agric) is a soil scientist, with years of experience as a university lecturer, consultant in Zambia, Uganda and South Africa. Afrilema consult with Frans as associate on all soil matters on projects.
Agri-Africa is a network of agricultural consultants and practitioners operating in the interlocking fields of business, agriculture and agro-political policy. (www.agri-africa.co.za)
Dr Roelof de Villiers is a Director of Manstrat Development Strategists, a southern African developer of internet based Agricultural Decision Support Systems. The company is based in Pretoria, South Africa and has more than 23 years of experience in the Agricultural Field.
Julian Hutchins. As director of Meateng Africa cc, he is an abattoir and meat processing expert who works as consultant to the industry. His expertise is backed by many years of experience and hands-on involvement.
Johan and Angie Genade is a couple who tackled the daunting task of preserving the rhino in Uganda where they run the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Amuka Lodge. Their passion and years of conservation experience make them invaluable associates, especially as regards to projects in East-Africa. www.rhinofund.org and www.amukalodgeuganda.com
Marius Engelbrecht, professional mechanical engineer and director of Meprotech (Pty) Ltd, is internationally recognised for his expertise and decades of experience.
Jan Boshoff is a chartered accountant (B Com (Hons), CA (SA)) having practiced for over 30 years in Africa. He has wide knowledge of agricultural managerial accounting and has extensive experience in financial due diligence and audits on various farming enterprises including, in particular, sugar cane projects. Jan is also exceptionally well-travelled in Africa – his familiarity with the continent and its people, coupled with his financial expertise, makes him an indispensable member of the group.