Dan Kriek, the president of Agri SA, has decided to leave his post in the agricultural industry association. Dan Kriek het 6 Desember 2019 , sy bedanking ingedien as president van AgriSA.
It is with sadness that Agri SA’s Board received Dan Kriek’s notice of resignation as President of Agri SA. After long and thorough consideration, Kriek decided to step down from this position with effect from 31 December 2019, due to health and stress-related reasons. He will now focus on his business interests and farming enterprise.
“Agri SA is now entering a critical period in which much time and energy will have to be devoted to protecting the Constitution and to negotiating sustainable land reform solutions,” says Kriek. “The organisation will need dynamic leadership to deal with these challenges. The reputation that the organisation currently enjoys has come from a lot of hard work and has always put enormous demands on the leadership – including myself.
Kriek showed his clear commitment to Agri SA and its endeavours.
“Agri SA wants to express its sincere gratitude to Dan for his leadership the past two years and the role he played to position Agri SA as an influential organisation which has an important role in the future of South Africa and particularly the agricultural sector,” says Pierre Vercueil, Deputy President of Agri SA.
Vercueil will be President of Agri SA until the 2020 congress where the president is annually elected. Agri SA wishes him well in this very important task that he will undertake.
The board reportedly received Kriek’s notice of resignation on Friday and has already expressed sadness over the matter.
“After long and thorough consideration, Kriek decided to step down from this position with effect from 31 December 2019, due to health and stress-related reasons.
He will now focus on his business interests and farming enterprise,” Agri SA said.
Kriek also made a statement noting that Agri SA would need strong leadership to maintain the current trustworthy status and address the difficult challenges it faced.
Until the 2020 congress meeting, deputy president Pierre Vercuil will take the lead of the organisation.
Agri SA, a federation of agricultural organisations, was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union and consists of nine provincial and 26 commodity organisations as well as 44 corporate members.
Essentially Agri SA, through its affiliated membership, represents a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed. Agri SA’s policy advocacy includes work on trade negotiations, industrial policy, taxation, financing, land reform, labour laws, training, farmer development, environmental affairs, water rights and water pricing, other input-related issues, farm safety, law and order, infrastructure, technology development and transfer, statistical information and local government.
Furthermore, the organisation maintains an extensive communication network with its members and other affected communities, organisations and individuals.
Agri SA is a member of high-level business, trade and agricultural entities including Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and the Cairns Group Farm Leaders.
Agri SA communicates with its members via its two-monthly magazine, namely Agri (incorporating Die Boer/The Farmer) an electronic newsletter as well as a policy bulletin.