Our Board

Gamtoos Irrigation Board is proactively transforming its organisational structures in line with proposed changes to legislation. Our board is becoming more inclusive and representative of emerging commercial farmers. We recognise that this is a process, as membership is tied to the water rights of landowners, and are actively building relationships with identified individuals in this regard.

Khaya Katoo 

Khaya is a qualified electrical engineer and entrepreneur who manages his family citrus farm. He is chairman of the Entabeni co-op board of directors, a member of the Citrus Growers Development Chamber, and also represents the citrus industry on the Perishable Products Export Control Board.

Khaya says he is very happy in the Gamtoos Valley, although it was very challenging in the beginning.

“It was very difficult, but I have built a lot of meaningful relationships.”

Read his story here.

Marthinus Colesky

A former Agri Eastern Cape Young Farmer of the Year, Marthinus has been farming citrus and vegetables such as marrows and squashes near Patensie for the past two decades.

For this former teacher, Gamtoos Irrigation Board is a family affair – his grandfather was a water control officer, while his wife, Rienette, is the current CEO.

“I always had two passions in my life: education and farming. I love it to work with children, but I enjoy it more to be a farmer. Being a teacher prepared me for all the paper work that goes along with farming, and I learnt very good people skills.”

Read his story here.

SG Ferreira

SG Ferreira’s farm in Andrieskraal has been in the family for generations, producing citrus, potatoes, dry maize and fodder. The Ferreiras have also opened their own citrus packhouse.

As a farmer, SG is very satisfied with GIB’s management of this complex water scheme.

“The Board is always willing to help with problems and has a dynamic management style that does not stagnate. I am also impressed with the work teams’ attitude towards the farmers.”

Read his story here.

Jacques du Preez 

Jacques du Preez grew up on a citrus farm in Andrieskraal, but it is in Melon and Gamtoos where he discovered his love for the soil.

He is a vegetable farmer, producing crops such as sweet potatoes, carrots and chicory.

“Vegetable farming is very hard work and an intensive business. I enjoy it very much. With vegetable farming you can see growth much quicker.”

Read his story here.