Afrinat

Next-Gen Innovative & Sustainable Products Within The Food Value Chain

AfriNat is a national research and development, technical advisory and manufacturer of agricultural products, specializing in the marketing and distribution of innovative, “next generation” crop protection, crop health and plant life scientific brands.

 

With more than 20 years’ experience in complexed bioflavonoids and fruit acid extracts as active ingredients, AfriNat presents a well-integrated biological portfolio to Farmers, Packers and Food Manufacturing in an ever-changing environment.

Why we doing this?

 

Consumer awareness of the health hazards posed by synthetic fungicides/pesticides, have created a demand for healthier food options which have resulted in higher restrictions placed for “residue-free” food. This has set the stage for more natural alternatives in our food production systems.

 

The natural preharvest range comprises of bio-stimulant products formulated from bioflavonoids and other fruit acids, which promotes vigorous growth and regeneration of healthy plants, subsequently leading to greater food safety and security; and less food wastage. These products are used in spray programmes for maximum yield and better quality of fruits and vegetables.

Our Team

Abdusamad Sidar

MBChB; MBA

Chief Executive Officer

    Gary Klugman

    BSc. Agric; BSc. Biochemistry

    Executive Manager: Research & Development

      André van Schalkwyk

      ND – Agriculture

      National Sales Manager

        Zameer Sidar

        HOD: Marketing

          Gerhard Krenzer

          BSc. Agric.

          Regional Sales: Vibacsan

            Makaita Ann Chikwavira

            (CA) SA

            Finance Manager

              Wafiq Essop

              BSc. Agric., Cand. Sci. Nat

              Technical Support

                Callan Arendse

                Head Food Scientist & Lab Manager

                  Rashaad Isaacs

                  Analytical Chemist

                    Muneeb Abrahams

                    Logistics Supervisor

                      Cyrilene Adams

                      Administrative/Bookkeeper

                        Riyaad Ismail

                        Warehouse Clerk

                          Kwanele Dzana

                          Accountant

                          Abdusamad Sidar

                          MBChB; MBA

                          Medical Doctor with a diverse background in health care business management, development, and strategic project implementation. Dr. Sidar completed his master’s thesis in Biotechnology business development and has co-authored a book on developing the biotech industry in Africa. With over 13 years’ experience in senior management, he has dealt with the state sector in developing and introducing new product solutions and is well acquainted with the national health system.

                          Gary Klugman

                          BSc. Agric; BSc. Biochemistry

                           

                          Gary commenced his agricultural career in South Africa with the introduction of computerized irrigation systems imported from Israel in 1981, and is proud to state that the same irrigation products are being  manufactured locally to date, under the umbrella of Netafim Inc. After a decade of observing agricultural practices, with harsh synthetic chemicals, changed career course, to seek alternate natural chemicals that could provide solutions and remedies to the human food chain, from agricultural practices – soil and crop health, hygiene and sanitation solutions as well as remedies for the health care sector, food and beverage manufacturing and processing Industries. Commenced his association with Prof. D. Lax and Mr. I. Ripley in 1995 who were focused on “phenolic compounds” with multiple functions, applications and usage for both crop protection and hygiene and sanitation. After 15 years of research and development, with commercialization in the United Kingdom, Gary brought the knowledge and know-how to AfriNat® in 2010.

                          André van Schalkwyk

                          National Sales Manager

                           

                          André started his career in the agriculture chemical industry and is well experienced, self-driven, motivated and goal driven Sales Manager with 13 years’ experience in the Agriculture Chemical Industry at Bayer Crop Science. With further 7 years of experience in R&D and 6 years in sales as Regional anager & Interim Territory sales Manager. Leading and mentoring a team of technicians & area sales Managers. André proven track record of growing business sales through networking, collaborating with distribution channels, agents, and farmers, and in creating informed smart business partnerships.

                          Zameer Sidar

                          HOD: Marketing

                           

                          A young dynamic individual with a diverse 12 years’ experience in retail, wholesale, FMCG & food manufacturing sector. Specializing in marketing & brand management.

                          Gerhard Krenzer

                          Regional Sales: Vibacsan

                           

                          An Agronomist with a BSc. Agriculture qualification from University of Stellenbosch. Gerhard started his career in the pharmaceutical industry and was Head of Sales in a multinational company where 31 years were spent in various capacities of management in the health care sector. His ability to enter markets established and still grow market share is evident in the growth of sales figures.

                          Makaita Ann Chikwavira

                          Finance Manager

                           

                          A qualified, diligent and professional Chartered Accountant.

                          Wafiq Essop

                          Technical Support

                           

                          An agricultural scientist from Stellenbosch University with a strong business acumen. He specializes in crop production and soil management and has thus proven to add value to any farming operation.

                          Callan Arendse

                          Head Food Scientist & Lab Manager

                           

                          Food Technologist, 10 years’ experience in the Food and Beverage sector, with background in both Quality Assurance and Research & Development of new products.

                          Rashaad Isaacs

                          Analytical Chemist

                           

                          An experienced individual that comes with over 21 years’ experience in Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Biotechnology Industries. Focussed in laboratory equipment & machinery.

                          Muneeb Abrahams

                          Logistics Supervisor

                           

                          Specializing in Procurement, Logistics & Stock Control & Bookkeeping with over 6 years’ experience in finance field.

                          Cyrilene Adams

                          Administrative/Bookkeeper

                           

                          An awesome team player dealing with all administrative work within the group.

                          Riyaad Ismail

                          Warehouse Clerk

                           

                          A hardworking individual focusing on dispatch and receiving managing warehousing and stock control.

                          Kwanele Dzana

                          Accountant

                          An excellent team leader who handles management of accounts and team of bookkeepers.