It’s summer time and this means family time, holiday time and Christmas time! Wow what a year it has been, with great new developments at the BothaRoodt Group as you will read more about in this newsletter. We are so excited about our company’s future and where we are heading. We invite you to share in this exciting journey with us in the year to come. We would like to thank all our loyal producers and buyers for a wonderful year and for the honour of working with you & your quality fresh produce. You are the reason we get up every morning. May you all have a very blessed Christmas and a prosperous 2017!

We are super excited to finally officially announce our transaction with Thebe Investment Corporation. This is a huge step forward for us as a company and we are so proud to be able to go into business with an outstanding company like the Thebe group.

A brief summary of the BothaRoodt, Marco, Green Network & Thebe Investment Corporation transaction

  • 2 years ago the BothaRoodt Group Executive made the decision to move the company forward, by searching for the right partner to take our company to the next level when it comes to growth, transformation providing an enhanced service to our customers.
  • The BothaRoodt Group is extremely excited and honored to partner with Thebe Investment Corporation. Founded in 1992 as a pioneering black-owned company, Thebe Investment Corporation is one of South Africa’s leading investment companies, managing assets of over R6 billion. Thebe is a unique entrepreneurial company that does not exist only to make a profit, but is driven by a commitment to serve the broader interests of communities at large.
  • Thebe Investment Corporation is keen to contribute to the development of agriculture as a whole and fresh produce specifically. And what is most important, Thebe cares about agriculture and producers in South Africa and wants to invest in this industry to ensure food security in Southern Africa.

How does the partnership work?

  • Thebe Investment Corporation will acquire 51% shareholding in Botha Roodt, Marco, and Green Network, whilst the BothaRoodt Group will still own 49%.
  • The current management of BothaRoodt will still remain in the management of all day-to-day activities and be part of the decision making.

Advantages of the partnership

  • Access to a broader spectrum of producers and buyers
  • Access to new markets as our customers will be working with an enhanced BEE level company that will be of a great advantage for them and their BEE status.
  • Our future plans include enhanced service presence on more fresh produce markets and export markets.

Our Vision

  • Moving Fresh Produce Forward, having a positive impact on agriculture, food security and the broader society as a whole.

Our Mission is still the same

  • By maintaining an innovative and proactive approach to optimize sales and marketing of fresh produce.
  • Preserve and further develop longstanding relationships with our producers by rendering uncompromising service, price & advice with profitable returns.

More links that are a great read regarding our transaction and the Thebe Group:

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Op die Marco vrugte vloer is daar altyd iets aan die gebeur en so het hul onlangs weereens ‘n baie suksesvolle steenvrugte promosie op hul vloer aangebied. Life’s a Peach!

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At the BothaRoodt Group we believe in continuously bettering our team and ourselves. Everybody wins when a leader gets better. The Global Leadership Summit is a conference featuring world-class leaders, from a variety of leadership spheres, sharing some of their leadership wisdom in a way that is both inspiring and practical. Members from the Marco Fruit floor and Green Network attended this very inspiring conference. Sean Engelbrecht from Green Network said what stood out for him during this conference was:
"Don't spend your life correcting people, rather CONNECT with people"
"Make a legacy play. Leave behind a God honoring legacy"
Have a look on the GLS website for dates next year should anyone be interested in also attending this conference.

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’n Uiters suksesvolle produksieveiling is die 3de September deur die La Rhone Limousin-stoet, die La Rhone Limousin Heart of the Herd veiling. Altesaam 67 lotte is aangebied en verkoop met ’n totale veilingsomset van R3,959 miljoen. Die gemiddelde prys oor al die lotte was R59 000. “Ons is uiters tevrede met die veiling aangesien uitstekende pryse deur die bank behaal is. Altesaam tien van die 67 lotte is vir R100 000 of meer verkoop,” sê AJ du Toit van La Rhone Limousins.

Die 30 topgehalte bulle wat op die veiling aangebied is, is teen ’n gemiddeld van R74 250 per bul verkoop, met La Rhone Paparazzi wat teen die hoogste prys van R200 000 onder die hamer was. Die koper was Kandas Limousins van Namibië. Die tweede hoogste prys is deur La Rhone Ratrace behaal, wat vir R190 000 aan Golden Sun Limousins verkoop is. La Rhone Spiderman het vir R160 000 onder die hamer gekom met Fabriquer Limousins as koper.

Wat die vroulike diere betref, is 23 koeie teen ’n gemiddelde prys van R55 958 verkoop. Die hoogste pryse is behaal deur La Rhone Marmite, wat vir R140 000 aan Human Cronje verkoop is. La Rhone Lorelei het vir R120 000 onder die hamer gekom. Die koper was Fabriquer Limousins. Verse is teen ’n gemiddelde prys van R49 460 verkoop. Altesaam 24 verse is verkoop, met La Rhone Summer Sun wat die hoogste prys van R150 000 behaal het. Die koper was Maqelepo Limousins. La Rhone Sheena is vir R100 000 aan Golden Sun Limousins verkoop.

Die Du Toits bedank ook elke koper, asook die Limousin-gemeenskap in Suidelike Afrika, vir hul ondersteuning. “Dit was een van die suksesvolste Limousin-veilings wat nog in Suid-Afrika gehou is. Dit is nie net goeie nuus vir ons nie, maar beslis ook ’n goeie teken vir die Limousin-bedryf as ’n geheel. Baie dankie aan elkeen wat dit moontlik gemaak het.” – Marike Brits, Veeplaas

Ons eie Paul Botha (een van BothaRoodt en Marco se direkteure) en sy vrou Linda (Marco Vrugte) het die veiling bygewoon. Een van hulle bulle het ook onlangs by Sandringham se Agri Livestock Expo met ‘n prys weggestap as Interras Kampioen Bul. Paul & Linda wil die Du Toits bedank vir ‘n puik aanbieding en uiters suksesvolle veiling, dis was ‘n voorreg om daar te kon wees.

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It is always a treat experiencing all the colours and traditional clothing on the Market each year on Heritage day. Here Marco Fruit’s very own Kirti Patel & Fazel Mahomed took part in the Heritage Celebrations on the 24th of September. We are all proudly South African.

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Baie dankie vir die bydrae wat die Marco Vrugte Seksie vir die Low’s Creek Motorbike Fun Day gelewer het. Die baadjies was baie gewild. Daar was 209 Motorfietsinskrywings gewees. Dit was ‘n heerlike warm sonnige dag en elkeen het dit terdeë geniet.

Die fondse wat ingesamel is op die dag gaan hierdie jaar vir ‘n top tien skoolleerling aan die Hoërskool Oos-Moot, as bydrae vir ‘n studiebeurs in die Mediese rigting. Ons weet dat die bydrae vir haar van groot waarde gaan wees.

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Die Marco Vrugte Vloer en Green Network Span was onlangs by ‘n spanbou sessie te Glen Afrique. Waardevolle spanbou sessies was gehou en Adrihan Kruger van Marco en Sean Engelbrecht van Green Network het groot insae gelewer as motiverings sprekers die naweek. Die waarde van so ‘n spanbou naweek is vir ons as spanne uiters groot en ons glo absoluut daarin om ons spanne gemotiveerd te hou en ‘n spangees te kweek wat dan uitstraal in almal se werk etiek. Dankie aan elke spanlid wat die naweek saam met ons gedeel het.

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We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s company golf challenge. This was our first year and it was so great to get to know one another and our clients on a more personal base. It was great playing on different courses and experiencing a good competition atmosphere amongst everyone.

Herewith the last 2 games’ results:

September: Eye of Africa: Mixed Betterball Format:
1st: Willem & Thomas
2nd: Hennie & Michiel
3rd: Jan & Charl

November: Reading Country Club: IPS Individual Stableford Format:
1st: Johnny Branco
2nd: Hendri de Korte
3rd: David Nel

We are looking forward to next year’s challenge and would like to invite all our producers and buyers to participate in these monthly golf challenges. Should you wish to be added to the group to be notified of each game please contact David Nel at 082 312 6535.

We would like to congratulate our over all winner of our first Company Championship 2016, Tyrone Sorour. It was a well-deserved win and Tyrone played great golf this year. The beautiful award, sponsored by Johnny Branco, was awarded to Tyrone on our company year-end function in November. Congratulations Tyrone!

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Aartappels SA het onlangs ‘n GroenToer aangebied in Petrusburg wat bygewoon is deur plaaslike boere van die streek, sowel as markagente van regoor die land, vervoer maatskappye, saadkwekers en vele meer. David Nel en Willie Ras van die BothaRoodt Aartappels & Uie Vloer, asook Bilal Karani van Green Network het die dag bygewoon. Van die temas was bespreek is op die dag sluit in gemiddelde oeste, verskillende streke se hektare wat geplant is en opbrengste, mark pryse 2016 in vergelyking met 2015, inligting oor verskillende kultiwars, natuur skade – haal, droogte en blaarmyner. Dankie aan Aartappels SA vir die geleentheid.

BothaRoodt het dan ook 1ste en die 10de gat geborg op die Koffiefontein Golf Dag wat die volgende dag gehou is. Dit was ‘n lekker geleentheid om met van die boere en verskaffers in die omgewing te netwerk.

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BothaRoodt September 2016

  1. Makepisi Agri (Pty) Ltd
  2. Al3 Boerdery
  3. Weipe 7 Boerdery (Pty) Ltd
  4. Williams A & B
  5. Winkelhaak Boere (Edms) Bpk
  6. Kaaimansgat Boerdery (Edms) Bpk
  7. Van Den Heever A L
  8. Coetzee A P C Snr
  9. Kruger C & H Boerdery
  10. Mar-Kitt Boerdery

Marco September 2016

  1. Makepisi Agri(Pty) Ltd
  2. Capespan Exports(Pty) Ltd
  3. Waterpoort Tamatie Boerdery
  4. Dortannion Farm
  5. Wild Hawk Farm
  6. Westfalia Marketing (Pty)Ltd
  7. Modelpak
  8. Remhoogte Boerdery
  9. Clearwater Farms (Pty) Ltd
  10. Van Rensburg H C J

BothaRoodt October 2016

  1. Makepisi Agri (Pty) Ltd
  2. Weipe 7 Boerdery (Pty) Ltd
  3. Williams A & B
  4. Al3 Boerdery
  5. Van Rensburg H C J
  6. Coetzee A P C Snr
  7. Kaaimansgat Boerdery (Edms) Bpk
  8. Winkelhaak Boere (Edms) Bpk
  9. How Do You Do Growers
  10. Mandaryn Boerdery (Edms) Bpk

Marco October 2016

  1. Makepisi Agri - Rolvark
  2. Capespan Exports(Pty) Ltd
  3. Waterpoort Tamatie Boerdery
  4. Dortannion Farm
  5. Wild Hawk Farm
  6. Modelpak
  7. Clearwater Farms (Pty) Ltd
  8. Mortlock D B
  9. Eersteling Boerdery
  10. Getruida Farms

BothaRoodt November 2016

  1. Makepisi Agri (Pty) Ltd
  2. Van Rensburg H C J
  3. Williams A & B
  4. Al3 Boerdery (Pty) Ltd
  5. Van Der Linde J A
  6. Modelpak
  7. How Do You Do Growers
  8. Gadda G
  9. Kruger C & H Boerdery
  10. Langbult Vennootskap

Marco November 2016

  1. Capespan Exports(Pty) Ltd
  2. H P N Pretorius Boerdery
  3. Modelpak
  4. Remhoogte Boerdery
  5. Clearwater Farms (Pty) Ltd
  6. Westfalia Fruit Products
  7. Lucky Farms
  8. Dortannion Farm
  9. Makepisi Agri (Pty) Ltd
  10. New Invest 29 (Pty) Ltd

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The real meaning of Christmas:

It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.

Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

Read Luke 2: 4-19

Why did He come? Why did God send His son to this sometimes cruel and hard world? He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become a very important part of history. His story (history) is one of truth, love, and hope. It brought salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.

Jesus was born so one day the price could be paid for the things we have done that are wrong. The Bible says that all have sinned. We are all born with a sin nature. We do things that do not please God. Through the sins of Adam and Eve, we have all inherited that sin nature. We need to have that removed. The only way is through Jesus. Jesus came so He could die on the cross for ALL of our sins. If we believe that Jesus died for our sins, we can ask Him to come into our hearts and forgive us. Then, we are clean and made whole. We can know that heaven is a place where we can go to when this life is over.

"But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong." I John 1:9

We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.

Look at Christmas in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a "Merry Christmas." The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met.

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice!

- Taken from

It is the time of giving, let’s make this December one to remember by giving to those in need while we celebrate Christmas.

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” ― Mother Teresa

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ― Charles Dickens

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

“If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that--warm things, kind things, sweet things--help and comfort and laughter--and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett

May all of you experience the true meaning of Christmas this year as we celebrate the birth of Jour Lord, Jesus Christ. May each home be filled with love, laughter and the amazing gift togetherness. Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year from all of us!

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