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Sugar / Timber Farm & Field Manager, Ref: 979822

Discipline: Agricultural Diploma (Cedara College of Agriculture). Industry in: Agriculture – Crops (trees/plants/horticulture/sugar/rubber) & Other, years of experience range: g. 20 to 30 years, annual package range: R 1 200 000. Gender: Male. Ethnicity: Caucasian/White. Nationality: South African.

Available immediately due to end of contract; open to positions both nationally and internationally. Boasts 21 years’ sugarcane production experience in South Africa with exposure to USA, England, Israel and Sudan. A farmer through-and-through, capable and adaptable in any management situation. Most recent contract appointment in Sudan was to improve the production of sugar cane per hectare, responsible for the management of 8333 hectares of sugar cane land; managed 7 Section Managers and trained them to ultimately carry on successfully on their own. A well-rounded Agriculturist and Soil Health fanatic with Labour Relations expertise.

Skill area of competence includes: Irrigation. Crop husbandry and selection. Seed cane quality. Fertilizers/PH control. Weed/pest & disease control. Complete management and production of sugarcane estate as well as farming infrastructure, machinery and equipment (including Workshop). Well-versed with Agriculture operations continuous improvement, farm administration, reporting, budgeting and estimates.

Candidate location: South Africa

Home & other languages: English, IsiZulu, Afrikaans,

Designation: Agricultural Manager

Highest qualification type: Diploma

Company size: ‘1001 – 5000

Division: General and Operations Management

Seniority level: Regional / Country / Area / General / Project Manager / Department Head

Gender:                                    Male

Ethnicity:                                 Caucasian/White

Nationality:                              South African

Highest Formal Qualification:  Agricultural Diploma

University in another country: Cedara College Of Agriculture

Other Formal Qualification:    SASA Senior Sugar Course Certificate

Current / most recent job title?

Sugar / Timber Farm Manager

Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Employed to improve the production of sugar cane per hectare; responsible for 8 333 ha’s of sugar cane land; managed 7 Section Managers and training them to ultimately carry on successfully when I leave.

Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

Discipline of subordinates as well as their labour. Make sure everyone is working hard and clever. Making sure best management practices are introduced and followed through with. The acquisition of inputs in time for farming operations. The regulation of inputs as well as keeping good records. Changing all of what was holding the company back and introducing scientific methods to eliminate crop failure.

Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

I get on with people and am not this “high-and-mighty” manager who can’t understand the real issues of everyday work. I have been there and done that, I know by experience what each job description demands. However, I have gained even more experience and am more aware of how important it is to drive rather than help people along. Goal setting and planning is paramount to success and anyone who bucks the management after some intervention/instruction without remedy can be detrimental to a business and ought to be removed sooner than later.

Ideal business title: 

Sugar Cane Farm Manager
Logistics Manager
Harvesting Manager
Game Farm Manager
Broiler / Poultry Farm Manager

Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Upstanding leadership responsibilities, leading with diligence and being an example of good character and hard work. Maintaining productivity parameters / output and ensuring the best possible crop. Using the best tools and technology to improve the areas managed, taking into account risk and things out of one’s control like climate and weather.

Career summary:

Sugarcane production 21 years.

Where would you like to be in your career in the next 5 to 10 years, what would you like to have achieved?

I would like to become General Manager / CEO .


The ability to get employees to buy into management strategies and ideas. Personal management. Taking responsibility for production goals and getting things done regardless of obstacles. Commitment, loyalty, honesty and diligence. Doing things properly, attention to detail and following instructions. Planning, strategizing, tasking, time keeping, leading by example.

What do you absolutely love doing?

Spending time with family and friends. Enjoy the beach and wild life. Walking Trails/horses and swimming. I enjoy travelling and 4×4 trips especially around Africa. Fishing. Making money and supporting my family. Top priority is my families well-being.

Ideal company (culture and values):

Loyalty to management even in the hard times. Looking after families and even providing old age pension for when one’s use becomes less desirable (over 60). A company that is financially secure is more desirable then one strapped for cash.

Location Preference: I am open to positions both nationally and internationally.

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