“Farming has a bright future in South Africa,” says Tommie van Zyl, CEO of ZZ2. Speaking at the invitation of Haenertsburg Rotary at the Village Hall Tommie says, “We are however threatened by an economy that’s not growing properly. Hence we’ve moved into super fruits to counter this.”
ZZ2 nurtures young minds At ZZ2 student employee programmes are utilised to create opportunities for young talented minds to be nurtured and guided by mentors from various disciplines. These programmes range from 6-week short term work experiences to longer internships in collaboration with tertiary institutions. Diverse disciplines spanning from marketing, horticulture, agronomy, engineering and IT [...]
ZZ2 was hailed as a great example of how the private sector can work together with government institutions to bring about positive change for sustainable futures - . The 4th biennial National Global Change Conference was held from 3 to 6 December 2018 at Bolivia Lodge in Polokwane. It is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation in partnership with the University of Limpopo and the Limpopo Provincial Government.
Between the end of the Canadian cherry season and the start of the Chilean season, at the beginning of October, there is a period of about two to three weeks when the UK market has no other cherry supplier than South Africa. The enterprising agricultural company ZZ2, in South Africa mostly known for its tomatoes and avocados, fills this gap through mostly low-chill varieties from Zaiger Genetics, air-freighted primarily to the UK.
ZZ2 became the first back to back winner of both the Platinum Supply Chain Award and the Enviro Achiever Award at the Annual Logistics Achiever Awards. During a gala event in on Thursday 11 October 2018 in Johannesburg, companies who actively work towards minimising waste in their supply chain, were honoured. Last year ZZ2 won these awards for their work in the Tomato Division. On Thursday the Avocado Division was honoured. To be recognised, companies had to demonstrate compliance with national and international environmental regulations, show how green practices are implemented across their supply chain and indicate their success in reducing their carbon footprint.
Farming conglomerate, ZZ2, sponsored the conference bags during the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Connections conference in August 2018. The bright yellow bags, decorated with photos of ZZ2 produce and manufactured from recycled billboards, are part of PMA’s “Donate a Bag School Project”. Conference-goers were requested to donate these durable bags to the project after the two-day event.
Mnr. Tommie van Zyl , uitvoerdende hoof van ZZ2 , is optimisties oor Suid-Afrika se toekoms, ondanks die probleme en pessimisme in sekere kringe.
Natuurboerdery® is a journey not a destination. Mr Tommie van Zyl, CEO of ZZ2, was one of numerous speakers at the first Transdisciplinary Natuurboerdery® Symposium hosted recently by ZZ2 at Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen.
Stimulating economic growth in South Africa has been a major challenge for both Government and the private sector over the past decade. The fresh produce export industry has shown how innovation-based research is a critical part of the solution to enhancing competiveness, market access and growth.
Michael Cordes, marketing specialist from South Africa, talks about important lessons he learnt from the late Bertie van Zyl of ZZ2 farming, probably the biggest field-grown tomato operation in the southern hemisphere.