Fall head over heels, let your heart skip a beat, and feel the loooove this February – the month of LOVE!

"Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible--it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession..."
~ Barbara De Angelis

At BothaRoodt, Marco & Green Network we LOVE sharing what we have been up to with you in this February edition of our newsletter! Talk to you again in April!

Current plum promotion on the Marco Fruit Floor.

Plums are of a very high quality at the moment! Come and visit our floor and see for yourselves why we are crazy about plums!

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Teambuilding day with Dr Henning Gericke


On the 27th of February we had a team building day with Dr Henning Gericke, inspiring our team to think like champions.

Dr Gericke was the Team Psychologist for the Springbok Rugby Team and was in France with the team for the IRB Rugby World Cup 2007. Amongst Springbok players he has been nicknamed the Head Doctor – ‘Kopdoktor’

Dr Henning Gericke has helped teams such as The Pumas, The Blue Bulls and the Sharks rugby teams reach their maximum potential and was asked to join the South African Rugby Union in 2004 as the Team Sport Psychologist.

Jake White was the first Springbok coach to employ a full time Sports Psychologist for the Springboks in the form of Dr Henning Gericke. After years of hard work and dedication, the pinnacle of his career was probably reached in 2007 when Dr Gericke, Jake White and the boys brought home the Webb Ellis trophy from the Rugby World Cup in France.

Thank you Dr Gericke for your great words of encouragement, inspiration and motivation.

We also honoured our Long Service Emplyees at this event and would like to thank you for your loyalty and hard work over the last 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service!

Marco 20Years+ Awards:
Cedrick Malatsi 1994, Paul Sephure Molefe 1995, Japhet Bayeni 1994, Petrus Ndlovu 1994, Andries Mothuka Ngwenya 1995, Oscar Mjoli 1994, Ephraim Bongani Miya 1994, Wilson Rabajeleng Mogoba 1995, Linton Takalani 1996, Ephraim Khumalo 1994, Mbazima Joseph Baloyi 1996, Isaac Magane Phala 1994, James Khumalo 1994, Albert Nxumalo 1995, Maxwell Ndou 1995, Albert Maluleke 1995, Patel Amrat Odhav 1994, Joseph Baloyi 1994 & Joel Baloyi 1994

Marco 25Years+ Awards:
Patrick George Rambau 1990

BothaRoodt 20Years+ Awards:
Petrus Palime 1994, Matthew Sithole 1992, James Sithole 1994, Mxolise Gamede 1995, Jabulani Khumalo 1995, Alfred Mabelane 1994, Jerry Mosamedi 1995, Mishack Lengangabedi 1995, Magetsi Kedibone 1996, Mazibuko Zodwa 1996, Peter Malatji 1995, Mzamani Nkanyane 1996, Calvin Mohlala 1996, Manhlapo Nkosi 1992, Makutane Chego 1995 & Mzamana Baloyi 1993

BothaRoodt 25 Years+ Awards:
Dlanyani Rapetswa 1990

BothaRoodt 30Years+ Awards:
Jeremiah Molefe 1983

BothaRoodt 35Years+ Awards:
Samuel Maleswena 1980

You are the heart of this company and we value your hard work and loyalty!

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Marco Vrugte Vloer help Boere in Nood

Die Marco Vrugte Vloer het in Januarie ‘n donasie gemaak aan Boere In Nood om te help om kostes te dek om voer en water by die boere in droogte geteisterde gebiede te kry. Ons sê vir Boere in Nood dankie vir die inisiatief en die voorreg om te kon deel wees om te help waar ons kan en vir al die goeie werk wat hulle in hierdie tyd vir die boere gedoen het. Ons is saam met ons boere so dankbaar oor die reën wat geval het in al die areas wat dit so nodig gehad het!

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Rossouw Cillié op Megaboere


Baie geluk aan Rossouw Cillié en die Laastedrif span vir die fantastiese insetsel op Kyknet se gewilde program Megaboere. Rossouw en sy vrou Anelia Cillié en kinders Daniel, MJ en Carle boer op die plaas Laastedrif, hoog op teen die Matroosberhg in Ceres, waar hul hul hoofkantoor het. Laastedrif bestaan uit 6x plase in ‘n radius van 220km van mekaar af. Die verskiullende climate in elke streek stel hul instaat om 12maande van die jaar ‘n groot verskeidenheid van kwaliteit produkte te lewer.

Rossouw was 2014 se Boer van die Jaar en is nie net ‘n uitmuntende boer nie, maar ook ‘n uitstekende sakeman, entrepreneur en familieman. Die Cillié familie boer al vir meer as ‘n eeu en bou voort op hierdie wonderlike erfenis.

Rossouw Cillié dien ook op die rade van Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG), True Cape, KORKOM en ander industrie organisasies.

In 2009 is Laastedrif omskep in ‘n besigheid met vier direkteure, gebou op elkeen se kundigheid in hul gebied. Die hoof fokus is op waarde toevoeging met vrugte wat grootliks uitgevoer word. Laastedrif pak ook hul groente by 3 afset punte vir Woolworths, Freshmark (Shoprite/Checkers) en Wildeklawer, sowel as ander selektiewe kliente.

Die 6x plase in die Laastedrif groep en hul produkte werk as volg:

Teen 125o m bo seespieël maak Laastedrif die hoogste plaas in Ceres se Bo-Swaarmoed area wat met groente boer. Produkte wat vanaf hierdie plaas gelewer word is: Appels, Broccoli, Wortels, Blomkool, Uie, Pere & Spinasie

Geleë langs Laastedrif in die Bo-Swaarmoed area lewer Appels, Beet, Wortels, Uie en Pere op.

Slegs 8km vanaf Laastedrif, 305meter laer en 3-5 grade celcius warmer, maak dit moontlik om groente in die winter maande ook te groei. Hierdie plaas lewer ook Appels, Appelkose, Perskes en Weivelde.

Geleë buite Touwsriver in die Klein Karoo. Meeste winter produkte word hier geplant agv die warmer klimaat, dis ook die tuiste vir ‘n verskeidenheid wild, insluitend Gemsbokke, Swart Wildebeeste, Elande, Sebras en Springbokke. Produkte wat hiervandaan gelewer word is Broccoli, Botterskorsie, Blomkool, Uie saad en Pampoen.

Geleë in die Sandveld, slegs 9km van Elandsbaai, 220km vanaf Laastedrif se hoofplaas, hierdie is die mees onlangse toevoeging tot die Laastedrif groep, om produksie in die winter maande aan te vul. Produkte wat vanaf Sebulon gelewer word is Beet, Botterskorsie, Wortels, Uie plante, Aartappels & Patats.

‘n Bemagtigingsplaas langs Ceres, waar 60% aandele besit word deur werknemers wat meer as 5jaar in diens is na die aankoop van hierdie plaas. Hierdie plaas lewer Appels, Nektariene, Perkses en Pere.

Laastedrif is ‘n diverse boerdery en dit is vir ons ‘n baie groot voorreg om saam met Rossouw Cillié en sy span te werk. Julle is inspirerend!

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The History of the Johannesburg Market, BothaRoodt & New Town


The Joburg Market has an interesting and illustrious history that dates back to the 19th Century. The Market has its origins in what was then called Market Square in the centre of Johannesburg in 1893. As the City grew, the market also attracted huge volumes of both producers and buyers, prompting authorities to move it to Newtown, west of the city centre.

However, by 1972, the Market was literally bursting at the seams in the confined space in Newtown and, again, there was need to find a spacious site that would accommodate the expanding producer and buyer base of the Market. Consequently, the City of Johannesburg decided on the present site in City Deep.

Established in 1963, BothaRoodt celebrates its 53rd year in the industry this year. Therefor our extensive experience and knowledge in the fresh produce market has been the basis of growth for our company and made us one of the biggest market agencies in South Africa BothaRoodt was co-founded by Dan Botha and Michael (Gallie) Roodt. Michael & his wife Philda was inspired to start a market agency, because of the large number of farmers they had in their direct family. When BothaRoodt opened its doors in 1963, farmers’ products was still taken to the market by train. Michael’s son Chris Roodt is a current director of BothaRoodt, along with Paul Botha and Pieter Du Toit. In 1994 Marco became part the BothaRoodt group which now also include Green Network.

Newtown itself experienced a drastic change in the 1970s when both the market and the power station were relocated to other premises and Newtown became home to many of Johannesburg’s aspirant artists, actors and musicians. The Market Theatre moved into the eastern part of the market building. A number of museums, such as Museum Africa, the Workers Museum and the South African Breweries Centenary Centre were established in the vicinity as well. A number of trendy cafes and bars, most notably the famous jazz club Kippies, also found a place in Newtown.

At present, the Gauteng Province is upgrading Newtown to attract more creative industries into the area. This development is part of a wider initiative by the Gauteng Province to breathe life back into the inner city. New improvements include the construction of the Nelson Mandela off-ramp and the upgrading of Mary Fitzgerald Square.

Newtown offers visitors theatre, art galleries, restaurants, museums, craft markets, buskers, dance and clubs. There’s stuff going on day and night, and especially on weekends. Seek, and you shall find! It is home to some of Joburg's biggest events - Joy of Jazz, Diwali Festival, Joburg Carnival, Joburg Arts Alive, SA Fashion Week and the Dance Umbrella, among others.

Newtown’s central point, Mary Fitzgerald Square, plays host to a number of local and international performers, events and festivals. Even Madiba has spoken there! Newtown Park - an unexpected splash of green - is perfect for more laid-back arts activities, and it’s a great place to have a picnic and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

The area throbs with history, so keep your eyes peeled for the plaques, museums, and heritage tours.

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Superbru competition time


After the big success and team spirit of our Superbru competition last year, we are definitely saying ‘Game ON’ again and this time we are inviting all our buyers and producers to join in the competition fun! Big prizes are up for grabs!

Captain Sean Engelbrecht’s introduction: Yes, it’s that time again for some Super Rugby! Things will be interesting with Japan joining the Super Rugby league. Picks will be difficult. Let's see who will top the leader board this season. Open to all clients and employees of Botha Roodt, Marco and Green Network. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ----- Have fun!

Come play Super Rugby Predictor with me on SuperBru! It's free and loads of fun. Just click here: http://www.superbru.com/superrugby/pool.php?p=11515471

Pool name: Botha Roodt, Marco, GN SuperR
Pool code: pesttame

For those of you who are still a bit confused on the new SuperRugby format… The expanded Super Rugby roster coming into effect this year works as follows:

  • Expansion to 18 teams with the addition of the Kings from South Africa and new teams from Japan and Argentina which will be unveiled following the Rugby World Cup
  • Australasian Group: Australian Conference (Brumbies, Force, Rebels, Reds, Waratahs), New Zealand Conference (Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders Highlanders, Hurricanes)
  • South African Group: Africa Conference 1 (Bulls, Cheetahs, Stormers, Japanese Team), Africa Conference 2 (Kings, Lions, Sharks, Argentinean Team)
  • 15 Regular Season games per team (8 home/7 away or vice-versa over a two-year cycle)
  • Two byes per team
  • 135 Regular Season and 7 Finals matches (up from 120 and 5 currently)
  • Eight-team knockout Super Rugby Finals Series to be staged over three weeks (5 qualifiers from the Australasian Group and 3 from the South African Group)
  • The four Conference winners automatically qualify for the Finals Series, along with the next three highest-ranked Australasian Group teams and the next highest-ranked South African Group team

May the best (South African) Team win!! =)

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BothaRoodt, Marco & Green Network Monthly Golf Competition


In January this year we started a BothaRoodt, Marco & Green Network Monthly Golf Competition in the group. Each month players can participate in this competition and win prizes after each game. At the end of 2016 each player’s best 6x games will be taken into account when the overall winner will win the trophy and grand prize. Not only does this create a great team spirit within the group, but each player has the opportunity to invite one buyer or producer each month as a golf buddy to join in the fun, creating a great networking opportunity. Should any of our buyers or producers be interested in taking part, please contact David Nel (BothaRoodt Potatoes & Onions) to add you to the list – david@botharoodt.co.za or 082 312 6535

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BothaRoodt Aartappels & Uie Boere Besoeke in die Wes Kaap


Pieter du Toit (BothaRoodt Aartappels & Uie) en sy vrou Sukie, het pas terug gekeer van hul boere besoeke in die Wes Kaap, Ceres & die Weskus. Dit was wonderlik om al hierdie boere te besoek en elkeen se verskillende benadering tot die boerdery en hoe hul dinge op hul plaas doen te sien, hoe elke streek verskil en hoe gasvry almal is. Dankie vir elkeen wat ons op hul plase ontvang het en laat welkom voel het, dit was wonderlik om jul elkeen te sien en weer in die lande en pakhuise tyd te spandeer! Dis ‘n voorreg om met jul produkte op ons vloer te werk en ‘n verhouding met elkeen te hê. Sien jul gou weer!

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Top 10 Producers December & January


BothaRoodt December 2015

  1. Makepisi Agri
  2. Wildeklawer Boerdery
  3. Linhagen Boerdery Bk
  4. Williams A & B
  5. Kruger C & H Boerdery
  6. Al3 Boerdery - Loskop
  7. Ceres Cascade Farms (Pty) Ltd
  8. Piketberg Sunrise Farms
  9. Le Roux S J J
  10. Modelpak

Marco December 2015

  1. H P N Pretorius Boerdery
  2. Capespan Exports(Pty) Ltd
  3. Dortannion Farm
  4. Wolkberg Plase Edms (Bpk)
  5. Clearwater Farms (Pty) Ltd
  6. Modelpak
  7. Lucky Farms
  8. Bonnie Braes Farm
  9. Westfalia Marketing (Pty)
  10. Braeview Farm Cc

BothaRoodt January 2016

  1. Wildeklawer Boerdery
  2. Glenwilz BK
  3. Williams A & B
  4. Potato Pride CC
  5. Makepisi Agri
  6. Linhagen Boerdery BK
  7. Piketberg Sunrise Farms
  8. Beestepan Boerdery Bpk
  9. Smuts Broers Agri (Edms) Bpk
  10. Ceres Cascade Farms (Pty)

Marco January 2016

  1. H P N Pretorius Boerdery
  2. Capespan Exports(Pty) Ltd
  3. Clearwater Farms (Pty) Ltd
  4. Bonnie Braes Farm
  5. Dortannion Farm
  6. Lucky Farms
  7. Goncalves Farms
  8. Westfalia Fruit Products
  9. Makepisi Agri - BX Swartp
  10. De Freitas Farms

BothaRoodt Overall Top 10 Producers for the year 2015

  1. Makepisi Agri Williams A & B
  2. Nel J C
  3. Modelpak
  4. Linhagen Boerdery BK
  5. Wildeklawer Boerdery
  6. Kaaimansgat Boerdery Bpk
  7. Potato Pride CC
  8. Hendricks Vrugte CC
  9. Umbhaba Estates

Marco Overall Top 10 Producers for the year 2015

  1. H P N Pretorius Boerdery
  2. Capespan Exports(Pty) Ltd
  3. Clearwater Farms (Pty) Ltd
  4. Dortannion Farm
  5. Westfalia Marketing (Pty) Ltd
  6. Lucky Farms
  7. Langrivier Boerdery (Edms) Bpk
  8. Remhoogte Boerdery
  9. Fruitways
  10. Goncalves Farms

Congratulations to all of these producers for an outstanding performance in 2015. It is a privilege to be working with you and your products!

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10 Ideas: Reflecting the Fruit of the Spirit

How long since you’ve had a checkup to assess your spiritual health?

Not long ago, a seasoned marathoner had just crossed the finish line with an impressive time when he suffered a heart attack and died. From the outside, he looked to be the picture of health, but a fatal condition was hiding on the inside. Every one of us needs an occasional visit to the doctor for a checkup to make sure everything is working alright and that we don’t have an unknown serious internal condition.

The same is true with our spiritual lives. As creatures of habit, we tend to go through life on autopilot. We often miss clues that indicate that our spirit is not enjoying the good health that God created it for. In the same way that the doctor puts us through a battery of tests to diagnose potential physical problems, God has given us a process of evaluating spiritual problems in our lives: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

Each of these is a characteristic of the Holy Spirit’s active presence in our daily activities. Let’s look at each one and ask some diagnostic questions to make sure we’re healthy.

1. Love. This word for love doesn’t refer to warm feelings but to a deliberate attitude of good will and devotion to others. Love gives freely without looking at whether the other person deserves it, and it gives without expecting anything back. Question: Am I motivated to do for others as Christ has done for me, or am I giving in order to receive something in return?

2. Joy. Unlike happiness, joy is gladness that is completely independent of the good or bad things that happen in the course of the day. In fact, joy denotes a supernatural gladness given by God’s Spirit that actually seems to show up best during hard times. This is a product of fixing your focus on God’s purposes for the events in your life rather than on the circumstances. Question: Am I experiencing a joy of life on a regular basis, or is my happiness dependent on things going smoothly in my day?

3. Peace. It’s not the absence of turmoil, but the presence of tranquility even while in a place of chaos. It is a sense of wholeness and completeness that is content knowing that God controls the events of the day. Question: Do I find myself frazzled by the crashing waves of turmoil in my life, or am I experiencing “the peace that passes all comprehension” (Philippians 4:6-7)?

4. Patience. Other words that describe this fruit are lenience, long-suffering, forbearance, perseverance, and steadfastness. It is the ability to endure ill treatment from life or at the hands of others without lashing out or paying back. Question: Am I easily set off when things go wrong or people irritate me, or am I able to keep a godly perspective in the face of life’s irritations?

5. Kindness. When kindness is at work in a person’s life, he or she looks for ways to adapt to meet the needs of others. It is moral goodness that overflows. It’s also the absence of malice. Question: Is it my goal to serve others with kindness, or am I too focused on my own needs, desires or problems to let the goodness of God overflow to others?

6. Goodness. While kindness is the soft side of good, goodness reflects the character of God. Goodness in you desires to see goodness in others and is not beyond confronting or even rebuking (as Jesus did with the money changers in the temple) for that to happen. Question: Does my life reflect the holiness of God, and do I desire to see others experience God at a deep level in their own lives?

7. Faithfulness. A faithful person is one with real integrity. He or she is someone others can look to as an example, and someone who is truly devoted to others and to Christ. Our natural self always wants to be in charge, but Spirit-controlled faithfulness is evident in the life of a person who seeks good for others and glory for God. Question: Are there areas of hypocrisy and indifference toward others in my life, or is my life characterized by faith in Christ and faithfulness to those around me?

8. Gentleness. Meekness is not weakness. Gentleness is not without power, it just chooses to defer to others. It forgives others, corrects with kindness, and lives in tranquility. Question: Do I come across to others as brash and headstrong, or am I allowing the grace of God to flow through me to others?

9. Self-control. Our fleshly desires, Scripture tells us, are continually at odds with God’s Spirit and always want to be in charge. Self-control is literally releasing our grip on the fleshly desires, choosing instead to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. It is power focused in the right place. Question: Are my fleshly desires controlling my life, or am I allowing the Spirit to direct me to the things that please God and serve others?

10. Walk by the Spirit. While not a fruit of the Spirit, the final item on the checkup produces all nine qualities listed above. When we follow the Spirit’s lead instead of being led by our self-focused desires, He produces the fruit.

But even when we don’t walk by the Spirit, He is the very one who convicts us that things are not in proper order in our lives.

God promises that if we are willing to admit that we have been walking our own way and ask for His forgiveness and cleansing, He will empower us through His Spirit to live above ourselves and live the abundant life for which He has created us.

Question: Am I actively depending on the Holy Spirit to guide me in God’s ways so I don’t get wrapped up in myself? If not, am I willing to confess to God that His ways are better than mine, and that I need the Spirit’s guidance to live above the fray?

Taken from: http://www.familylife.com

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