Key Management

Christo du Plessis – Managing Director

Christo du Plessis

Christo du Plessis

Christo joined Abagold in 2003 as Financial Manager, and was appointed Managing Director in 2006.

Christo obtained his B. Accounting degree in 1992 through the University of Stellenbosch, and B. Compt (Hons) through UNISA in 1993. After passing his Board Exam in 1994 he completed his articles with PwC, obtained his CA(SA) accreditation and continued working for them in Cambridge, UK until 1997. He returned to South Africa in 1998 and worked as Financial Manager and Project Accountant at Blue Chip companies in Cape Town before joining Abagold. He currently also serves as Chairperson of the Abalone Farmers Association of South Africa and director of Amanzi Biosecurity, a section 21 company providing veterinary health services to the aquaculture industry.

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Christiaan de Wet – Engineering Manager

Christiaan de Wet

Christiaan de Wet

Following several years of working in the UK and USA, Christiaan returned to South Africa in 2006 to join Abagold as Engineering Manager.

Christiaan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996, after which he started his career at Volkswagen where he developed and launched VWSA approved climate control systems. He joined Ford Motor Company in the UK as a senior thermal and aerodynamics systems engineer, after which he was employed by Visteon Corporation in Plymouth, MI, USA, as a HVAC Design Engineer.

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Johan Hugo – Financial Manager

Johan Hugo

Johan Hugo

Johan joined Abagold as Financial Manager and Company Secretary in 2006

Having finished his B Accounting (Hons) in 2001 at Stellenbosch University, Johan started his career at KPMG. As a senior accountant, his audit clients included Old Mutual, Prescient Investment Management, Sanlam, Sterling Alliance Group, Bank Fin, Nedcor Limited and the Western Cape Provincial Department of Housing. His next career move was as a Group Accountant for Afrifresh, a fruit export company, before joining Abagold.

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Lou-Anne Lubbe – Human Resource Manager

Lou-Anne Lubbe3

Lou-Anne Lubbe

Lou-Anne joined Abagold as Human Resources Manager in January 2012

Lou-Anne obtained her MBA from Brunel in the UK. She started her career in Human Resources at Woolworths. Lou-Anne joined Creda Communications where she was the HR Director and then became General Manager. She then moved into Management Consulting in the area of Human Capital Consulting. Lou-Anne spent 11 years in Management Consulting of which the last 6 years was with Accenture, where she was the Senior Executive leading their Talent and Organisation consulting practise.

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Stoffel van Dyk – Director of Operations

Stoffel van Dyk

Stoffel van Dyk

Stoffel was appointed Operation Manager in 2006 and is responsible for operations on all four of the Abagold Farms; Sea View, Bergsig, Amaza and Sulamanzi.

Having received his B.Sc. Agric in 1996, followed by his Hons.B.Sc. Agric in 1997 at the University of Stellenbosch, Stoffel joined an animal production research and farm technology laboratory at University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1998, whereafter he worked at Rainbow Farms.

Stoffel was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at the end of 2013. He joined  the Board of Directors on February 2014..

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Werner Piek – Processing Manager

Werner Piek

Werner Piek

Werner joined Abagold in 2006 to head up the new processing plant

After studying food technology at the Cape Technikon, Werner started his career in the fresh fruit industry as a quality assessor at PPECB. In 2000 he became involved with an internet start-up company marketing fresh fruit on the internet. He was one of the founder directors of FairTrade South Africa (FTSA) and served 2 years as Chairperson on the FTSA trust. During this time he was a representative for Southern Africa on the African Fairtrade Network (AFN).

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