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19 Feb 2021

The leadership team of Grain SA recently considered the structures of the organisation and in line with its strategic objectives, have the pleasure to announce the appointment of Sandile Ngcamphalala as Manager of its Farmer Development Programme as of 1 March 2021. Ngcamphalala will provide strategic direction of the programme as a whole, including funding and donor liaison, continued development of the school and mentoring programme and serve as the Managing Editor of the Pula/Imvula magazine.

Ngcamphalala obtained a B.Tech in Agriculture Crop Production from TUT, a MSc in International Development from the Royal Agricultural University and a Master of Management in Public Policy from Wits. In addition, he obtained a Post-Grad Dip in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods from the US and is busy with his PhD in Environmental Science with a focus on Water and Climate Change, from UCT. Ngcamphalala is currently Manager: Advisory Services at the Agricultural Research Council.

Ngcamphalala is a sports enthusiast, passionate about football and golf, married to Caroline, with two boys completing the family. He values the past 20 years spent in the agricultural industry, the collaborations with professional and farmer networks and the opportunities to contribute to the development of sustainable livelihoods in households, communities and the nation.

In heading up the Grain SA Farmer Development Programme, Ngcamphalala said: “Through Grain SA’s Farmer Development Programme, we have the opportunity to contribute to a prosperous sector for all, by addressing the system’s challenges as a whole rather than solving the issues in isolation. For any programme however, there would be things that work well, those that work but not sustainable as well as those that do not work. The challenge is to learn and improve our understanding about the performance dynamics of the programme to help identify the areas we can capitalise on, the aspects where corrective action would be justified and perhaps areas where new and greater innovation could be helpful. Ultimately, we have to identify the resources and establish the partnerships that could help archive high impact and sustainable outcomes not just at farm level but across the nation”.


Issued by:
Grain SA Communications

Further enquiries:
Jannie de Villiers, CEO, Grain SA 086 004 7246 | pretoria@grainsa.co.za