Who we are

Our History

The African Farmers Association of South Africa was launched on the 12th of April 2011 by 3000 founding members from all nine provinces of South Africa, who were formally NAFU-SA members.

The launch of AFASA is the culmination of a year long consultation process with developing farmers country wide to determine their need for an official structure that represents their interests. As part of the consultative process, a national convention of African Farmers held in Bloemfontein in December 2010 adopted a new constitution, structure and a five-year-strategic plan. After the convention, district and provincial structures were launched between 18 January and 5 April 2011.

Leadership was democratically elected in the provinces using the constitutional guidelines adopted by the convention. The final stage was the founding conference of AFASA which was held in Boksburg, Gauteng on 10-12 April 2011, during which the farmers formally adopted the name African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) and the founding constitution as well as elected and appointed national leadership.

Principles of management

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Mission

To facilitate the development of African farmers in order to increase their meaningful participation in the agricultural sector.

Vision

To have competent and successful commercial African farmers of South Africa.

Values

Individuals who come together for a common purpose that espouses what it stands for in order to attract those similar values.

Strategic objectives

AFASA’s strategic objectives are to create a sustainable united body of African farmers with the capacity to influence policies through lobbying and advocacy in favour of African farmers. To facilitate the development of competencies of African farmers in order for them to participate meaningfully in formal and informal markets. To mobilize resources for the benefit of African farmers.

  • To be led by people of high integrity in order to create • trust, loyalty and confidence amongst its members,
employees and the public.
  • To be a farmer centred organisation.
  • To ensure that the organisation remains true to its mission and objectives.
  • To strive for excellence including efficient and effective service provision at all levels.
  • To maintain high levels of professionalism at all times
  • To be transparent and accountable at all times
  • To respect the rights, culture and dignity of its members, employees and the public regardless of gender, race, class, tribe, political and religious affiliation or belief.

Board of directors

Mr AJ Mthembu

Mr AJ Mthembu

Acting president

Mr Neo Harrison Masithela

Mr Neo Harrison Masithela

AFASA National Chair person

Mr Tshianeo Walter Mathidi

Mr Tshianeo Walter Mathidi

Director

Our executive team

Nakana Masoka

Secretary General & Director

Walter Mathidi

Director

Dr Job Mthombeni

Director

Ntuthu Mbiko-Motshegoa

Women Desk Chair

Keatlegile Mnguni

Youth Desk Chair

Brenda Tlhabane

Commodity Committee Chair

Ishmael Tshiame

Commodity Committee Co-convener

Pitso Sekhoto

Membership Committee Chair

Prof Thabo Masihleho

Membership Committee Co-convener

Thami Sebusi

NC Chairperson

Lesego Setswalo

NC Secretary

Tshwarelo Masutha

LP Chairperson

Raato Mogajane

NW Chairperson

Molefe Mahape

NW Secretary

Nicky Mabokela

GP Chairperson

Dr Ethel Zulu

GP Secretary

Piet Mothepu

FS Chairperson

Keith Middleton

FS Secretary

Monwabisi Matolengwe

EC Chairperson

Mkhulu Jikijela

EC Secretary

Jabulani Mthembu

KZN Chairperson & Director

Thube Zondi

KZN Secretary

David Mthombeni

MP Chairperson

Ditumelo Zitha

MP Secretary

Elton Jefthas

WC Chairperson

Ivan Cloete

WC Secretary