Farewell message from Agbiz CEO Dr John Purchase

“I have had the most extraordinary journey and privilege to lead the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) as CEO for more than 14 years, but as all things in the circle of life, it is time to step down as I retire as an employee from Agbiz this month.

Theo Boshoff, one of the Agbiz personnel, is the CEO designate and commences duty in this capacity on 1 January 2022. The Agbiz team is an exceptional group of people and I have the fullest confidence in their ability to steer the agribusiness sector in the right direction through the many challenges they will no doubt face.

I want to sincerely thank the members of Agbiz for their unwavering support throughout my tenure and in particular all in leadership positions within Agbiz over this time.

I want to especially also thank the personnel (Agbiz team) for their incredible commitment and dedication to serving members and the broader industry in building a growing, competitive, more inclusive and sustainable industry, often against the major headwinds of policy uncertainty, service delivery failures, droughts and natural disasters, biosecurity challenges, et cetera.

As a country, we face extraordinary challenges, but we must continue to build both social cohesion and the competitiveness of all our agricultural value chains through cultivated and respectful partnerships. A failure to do so will no doubt condemn us to a failed state and dire consequences. I also take the opportunity to wish all our readers a blessed Christmas with family and friends, and a prosperous and healthy 2022! Thank you to all and best wishes.

This article was originally published on Agbiz’s e-Newsletter

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