LA VISAGIE & SEUN - A SHORT HISTORY

In the fertile Lowveld region of the Mpumalanga Province, 36 kilometers from the renowned Kruger National Park, the agricultural farming company, LA Visagie & Seun (Pty) Ltd can be found. This company was established in 1969 by Mr LA Visagie and his wife, Naomi, with citrus products as the main focus. In 1973 their son, Andeon, along with his wife, Elise, joined the company, and introduced tobacco as an additional crop.

LA Visagie & Seun soon established itself as a pioneer in agricultural development, by being one of the first farms in South Africa to cultivate cucumbers under protection. LA Visagie & Seun is proud to say that it has been delivering top-quality fresh produce to Freshmark and Woolworths for 23 and 33 years respectively.

When his father passed away in 1985, Andeon took over as Managing Director. Since 1988 a large portion of tobacco has gradually been replaced by citrus produce. Farming activities were further expanded in 1996 when a game farm near Hoedspruit was purchased. After Andeon passed away in 1998, control of the company was taken over by his wife, Elise, supported by Jan Smit, who has been with the company since 1988. Since his appointment in 1996 as General Manager, Hennie Olwagen has been responsible for all the daily farming management and control activities.

As for the third generation of the Visagie Family, Luan and Andeon, after having both obtained their BSc Construction Management and BSc (Hons) Construction Management degrees, Andeon furthered his studies through BCom (Hons) Agricultural Economics and Luan through MSc Real Estate, all at the University of Pretoria. Erwin completed his BCom Business Management and is currently stydying BSc Quantity Surveying, also at the University of Pretoria. Erwin completed his BCom Business Management and BSc Quantity Surveying at the University of Pretoria.

LA Visagie & Seun provides full-time employment to 300 employees and produces the following products:

  • Citrus
  • English-, Mediterranean- & Gherkin Cucumber varieties under protection
  • Tomatoes under protection
  • Macadamias

The main shareholder of this group is Visagie Beherende Trust. A board of trustees is in charge of the strategic management of the entire group.