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How ZZ2 became a wildly successful farming conglomerate

ZZ2 is a South African farming enterprise operating mainly in the Limpopo Province, but also in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Namibia.

They produce tomatoes, avocadoes, mangoes, onions, garlic, dates, apples, pears, stone fruit, stud cattle and weaners.

The ZZ2 brand is a well-known icon in South Africa with a proud history.

The story of ZZ2

Willem, the Van Zyl ancestor from the Netherlands, worked as a fresh produce farmer for the Dutch East Indian Company in the Cape of Good Hope.

He was fired in 1702 due to insubordination.

He then bought a farm in Franschhoek where he farmed with fresh produce, wine and livestock.

His descendants left the Cape during the 1830s and eventually they settled in the region east of Polokwane.

After the Anglo-Boer War in 1902 a regulation came into play where farmers received a registered number (branding iron) with which to brand their livestock.

In 1903 the code ZZ2 was awarded to Burt van Zyl, grandfather of Bertie van Zyl – the founder of the ZZ2 farming enterprise.

ZZ2 was registered as a private company in 1966.

Today it’s a multi-million rand conglomerate.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed ZZ2 Director Phile Van Zyl.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

We produce about 35% of all tomatoes in South Africa.

Phile Van Zyl, ZZ2

We farm about 2000 hectares of tomatoes.

Phile Van Zyl, ZZ2

We cultivate 3500 hectares in total.

Phile Van Zyl, ZZ2

We have quite a few partnerships with beneficiaries of land claims.

Phile Van Zyl, ZZ2

We have a fantastic legal framework in South Africa [for land reform].

Phile Van Zyl, ZZ2

We’re breaking new ground.

Phile Van Zyl, ZZ2

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