Better Business Breakfast: Today’s farmer is more than just a farmer



DATE: Wednesday, 2 November 2016

VENUE: Eensgezind, Durbanville 

TIME: 08h30 Registration and Breakfast | 09h00 Start to 13h00

ADDRESS: 3 Klipheuwel Road, Cape Farms, Cape Town  VIEW THE MAP

South Africa’s lifeblood is agriculture – the quintessence or ‘marrow’ of our economy’s vitality. In today’s ever-changing landscape, technology and innovation brings new opportunities for the modern farmer. But faced with constant adversity, it’s not just about protecting a farmer’s livelihood, it’s about protecting a legacy too.

The RISKAFRICA Better Business Breakfast seminar, sponsored by Santam, understands how much a farmer does. It takes an in-depth, scientific approach to protecting your legacy on and off the farm. Our expert speaker panel will focus on the liability, all-risk and technology changes within the agriculture space, and the impact it has on the modern farmer. How do we mitigate these risks? What key developments are planned for in the not-so-distant future? What steps are needed to ensure longevity in the sector?

Claim 2.5 IISA CPD hours on the *Intermediate level for this event.


Delegates attending our Better Business Breakfast: Farming event sponsored by Santam can enjoy an exclusive tour of Eensgezind’s revolutionary, high-tech milk rotation table – the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Made from Kevlar-composite, this 84-point Waikato rotating table is capable of milking 400-450 cows per hour and is currently milking over 1000 cows in one day. Eensgezind’s Waikato table is revolutionary in technology and design, with many experts predicting that it’ll provide worry-free milking periods for farmers in the near future.




Master of ceremonies


corporate communications manager of Agri-Expo

Adams is currently the corporate communications manager of Agri-Expo, the oldest agricultural society in the country, which celebrates 185 years of excellence in agriculture this year. She has 23 years of experience in the agricultural industry, including the research, fruit production, marketing and export industries and she also held positions at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, PPECB Laboratory and Agri Western Cape. Adams served on various boards, committees and industry structures during this time, was the first editor of the South African Fruit Journal and the first female board member of Milk SA. Her field of expertise is communication, PR and stakeholder relations and she has travelled extensively both in South Africa and abroad.




Head of Commercial Solutions at SHA Specialist Underwriters

Colman has over 25 years of experience working in the insurance industry as a liability specialist. He has worked at Swiss Re and Hannover Re, receiving training in the European and US markets. He also served on the Road Accident Fund insurance committee in 1998/99. Colman has also worked in the television industry as the host and researcher for the Summit TV (now known as Business Day TV) and Law@Work before moving on to SHA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Santam Insurance and the largest specialist liability underwriter in Africa. He is a judge on The Insurance Apprentice. He is a regular guest on eNCA’s Moneyline as well as a frequent contributor of articles to The Argus, The Star, The Citizen, Sowetan and various other publications.


CEO of the Milk Producers’ Organisation

Van Dijk is at present the CEO of the Milk Producers’ Organisation, one of the leading producers’ organisations in the country representing the almost 1 700 dairy farmers in South Africa. Following a successful 18-year career as a practising veterinary specialist in bovine herd health, he joined the MPO in May 2015. Prior to his tenure at the MPO, he spent 15 years at one of the world’s leading veterinary pharmaceutical companies in various positions as technical, marketing and business development directors. His combined career experience of almost 34 years provided him with sought-after expertise in teaching as well as national and international speaking engagements.


Relationship manager of agriculture at Santam

Coming from an insurance family, Pretorius completed his honours degree in industrial psychology. With his career path in the insurance sector, he gained valuable experience and knowledge in terms of underwriting, claims and as a former trainer distinguished himself in the challenges and interpretation of the policy wording in terms of TCF (treat customers fairly). Pretorius has joined the agriculture department at Santam, South Africa’s leading short-term insurer, and contributed with his passion towards their successes by attending to assets training, consumer education, product development and sharing of knowledge in every way.