Awards

Awards

Farmer of the year

The nomination of this category aims to evaluate candidates according to their sustainability. The latter refers to the farming method that will enable the farmer to achieve success in all fields, but continue farming successfully while using the land and farming enterprise in a manner that will allow his/her progeny to continue with these operations.

The main factors used for adjudication are:

  • The maintenance and increasing biological productivity
  • Lowering of risks to ensure greater security
  • Maintenance and management of the natural resources
  • Economic sustainability
  • Social acceptability and justification

These factors are then evaluated under the following divisions:

  1. A broad overview of the farming enterprise with a focus on the candidates’ distinctiveness.
  2. Biological productivity – the manner in which the candidate maintains and increases the farming operation’s biological productivity.
  3. The candidate’s ability to hedge against all forms of risks that could have an impact on the enterprise.
  4. Maintenance and management of the natural resources – the candidate’s ability to maintain and improve the natural resources.
  5. Economic sustainability and the candidate’s modus operandi to ensure sustainability.
  6. Social responsibility and trusteeship – steps taken by the candidate to ensure that the farming enterprise is socially acceptable and justifiable. This involves, among others, own and workers’ remuneration, support to workers and their families at social level, community empowerment and support.

Winners of the Farmer of the year award

  • 1977 Martin Daling
  • 1978 Hendrik van Zylli
  • 1979 Gilbert Biggs
  • 1980 Jacob de Villiers
  • 1981 Gerhard Braak
  • 1982 Anthony Evans
  • 1983 Tobie Meyer
  • 1984 Bertie van Zyl
  • 1985 Andries Pienaar
  • 1986 Freddie Kirsten
  • 1987 Jan Linde du Toit
  • 1988 Ivor Karan
  • 1989 Willie van Aarde
  • 1990 Robert Zulch
    • 1991 Kallie Schoeman
    • 1992 Dries Bruwer
    • 1993 Gerdie Landman
    • 1994 Ben van Greunen
    • 1995 Dr Paul Cluver
    • 1996 Lourens Jonker
    • 1997 Kosie Loubsher
    • 1998 Peter Pentz
    • 1999 Fred Visser
    • 2000 Saag Jonker
    • 2001 Dr Kobus Hendriks
    • 2002 Charl Senekal
    • 2003 Eddie Prinsloo
    • 2004 Gert Pretorius
  • 2005 Casper Badenhorst
  • 2006 Louis de Kock
  • 2007 Rossouw Groep
  • 2008 Alfonso Visser
  • 2009 Bernhardt du Toit
  • 2010 ALG Boerdery
  • 2011 BP Greyling
  • 2012 Van Loveren Boerdery
  • 2013 Rossouw Cillie
  • 2014 Milaan Thalwitzer
  • 2015 Piet Karsten
  • 2016 Allesbeste Boerdery
  • 2017 Charles Back

Agriculturists of the year

The evaluation for Agriculturist of the year is mainly about the essence, principles, value systems and life ethics of the candidate as well as his/her achievements, the value of his/ her work to the agricultural sector and the candidate’s local and international status.

The main factors used for adjudication are:

  1. A full description of the nominee and his/her work environment during his/her career, with emphasis on qualifications and the fields of his/her expertise.
  2. Value to the farmer and agriculture – here a full description on the manner in which he/she shares his/ her knowledge with the farmers answering the following question:
  • How does this knowledge precipitate in a practical way?
  • How valuable is this knowledge to farmers and how does it enable them to farm better and more sustainably?
  • What is the effect of his/her research (as researcher), 
extension (as agricultural extensioner) or service (as manager/administrator) on agriculture? In other words, what is the impact factor of the candidate?
  • In what way does this add value to agriculture, industry or the organisation the farmer is involved with?
  1. Adaptation to change – a complete description on how the candidate keeps abreast of the changing agricultural environment and adapt his/her research/extension/ service thereto. How relevant is the candidate concerning the daily challenges the sector has to face?
  2. In this, the last segment, the focus should be
on the candidate’s achievements as well as the acknowledgement he/she enjoys at local and/or international level. What is his/her international status?

Winners of the Agriculturist of the year award

  • 1977 Japie Bruwer
  • 1978 Prof Eddie Laubscher
  • 1979 Dr FJ Veldman
  • 1980 Frans Hugo
  • 1981 Prof. R de V Pienaar
  • 1982 Prof. Daan Strydom
  • 1983 Prof. Alan Bennie
  • 1984 Dr Ronnie van der Merwe
  • 1985 Dr John Moll
  • 1986 Dr Raymond Naude
  • 1987 Dr M P Lamprecht
  • 1988 Dr Baltus Erasmus
  • 1989 Prof. Jan Kotze
  • 1990 Dr PG Marais
  • 1991 Dr Ansie Dippenaar
  • 1992 Prof. Eckart Kassier
  • 1993 Dr Hym Ebedes
  • 1994 Dr Ben Strydom
  • 1995 Dr Tom Drinkwater
  • 1996 Dr Fanie Kellerman
  • 1997 Dr Gert Erasmus
  • 1998 Dr Bart Lombard
  • 1999 Dr Jos de Kock
  • 2000 Dr Klaus Pakendorf
  • 2001 Dr Hettie Schönfeldt
  • 2002 Prof HO de Waal
  • 2003 Dr Heinz Meissner
  • 2004 Prof Johann Kirsten
  • 2005 Kobus Lindeque
  • 2006 Andrew Makanete
  • 2007 Dr Faffa Malan
  • 2008 Dr Maryke Labuschagne
  • 2009 Prof. Hennie Snyman
  • 2010 Prof. Rob Gous
  • 2011 Prof. Herman van Schalkwyk
  • 2012 Dr John Purchase
  • 2013 Prof. Nick Vink
  • 2014 Prof. Ferdie Meyer
  • 2015 Prof. Ben Cousins
  • 2016 Dr Theo de Jager
  • 2017 Dr Annemie Erasmus

New entrants to commercial agriculture

The nomination of this category aims to evaluate candidates according to their sustainability. The latter refers to the farming method that will enable the farmer to achieve success in all fields, but continue farming successfully while using the land and farming enterprise in a manner that will allow his/her progeny to continue with these operations.

The main factors used for adjudication are:

  • The maintenance and increasing biological productivity
  • Lowering of risks to ensure greater security
  • Maintenance and management of the natural resources
  • Economic sustainability
  • Social acceptability and justification

These factors are then evaluated under the following divisions: 


  1. A broad overview of the farming enterprise with a focus on the candidates’ distinctiveness.
  2. Biological productivity – the manner in which the candidate maintains and increases the farming operation’s biological productivity.
  3. The candidate’s ability to hedge against all forms of risks that could have an impact on the enterprise.
  4. Maintenance and management of the natural resources – the candidate’s ability to maintain and improve the natural resources.
  5. Economic sustainability and the candidate’s modus operandi to ensure sustainability.
  6. Social responsibility and trusteeship – steps taken by the candidate to ensure that the farming enterprise is socially acceptable and justifiable. This involves, among others, own and workers’ remuneration, support to workers and their families at social level, community empowerment and support.

Winners of the New Entrants to Commercial Agriculture of the year ward

  • 2005 Anna Bock
  • 2006 Lina Mabaso
  • 2007 Themba Hinana
  • 2008 Marlon de Jager
  • 2009 Luthanda Farmworkers Trust
  • 2010 Niklaas Slinger
  • 2011 Agri Dwala
  • 2012 Jacky Goliath
  • 2013 Andre Cloete
  • 2014 Ralph & Praline Swart
  • 2015 Gugu Mlipha
  • 2016 Eric Mtlaba
  • 2017 Warren Bam