Meet The Team
We are incredibly proud of our nursery: The high standard of work we diligently apply to every step of the process, the knowledgable horticultural experts and the hard working, skilled and enthusiastic staff that nurture our high quality trees.
Colin RandHead Horticulturalist
Name: Colin Rand
Company Role: Head Horticulturalist
Favorite quote: “The best time to plant a tree was yesterday”
What is something [people in your industry/niche] owners have to deal with that you want to fix? Accurate timeline delivery. It is very difficult to accurately predict when trees will be ready for delivery. There are so many factors at play. I understand how important it is for the farmer to have an accurate picture of when they will get their trees. Hence why its so important to me.
What do you do at T&T Agric? I deal with the clients. Research and development. I try to ensure we are always modern proportion methods and technology (agro chemicals). I oversee all horticultural dynamics of the business and work closely with our team. With a team of highly skilled consultants we give the best advice to our farmers - from new growers to established growers.
What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position? NDipt in Horticulture from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. I have been involved in macadamia farm manager since 2010. In 2015 I established my first macadamia nursery. I joined the T&T Agric team in 2016.
What do you like about working at T&T Agric? The rule here is that we always have to have fun. Like minded people who want to develop the macadamia industry. Dynamic environment. The team all have their strengths and everyone adds value.
What are the values that drive you? Quality and Integrity - Our responsibility to the customer, the shareholders and the industry. Selling the customer the best quality tree that we can produce - the best in the industry.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Playing golf and spending time with my family.
Mhlengi Malisi SibiyaNursery Manager
Name: Mhlengi Malisi Sibaya
Company Role: Nursery Manager
Favorite quote: Knowledge is like a garden if it is not Cultivated it cannot be harvested
What is something clients have to deal with that you want to fix? Customer satisfaction as we always need to treat them good and keep the connection alive so business can continue.
What do you do at T&T Agric? I run the production field and manage which trees goes out at which day
What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position? I have a diploma in Agriculture and I am busy continuing with my studies. Before Agric, I worked at a nursery for 5 years.
What do you like about working at T&T Agric? I like how they value their employees from one person to another, how they would go out their way to make sure everyone is happy and satisfied.
What are the values that drive you? Hard work and being confident with what I do and being patient as I work with trees and people.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I love being outdoors exploring nature.
Name: John-Paul Thiardt
Company Role: Horticulturalist
What is something clients have to deal with that you want to fix? Maximising take percentages, shortening the grow out period as much as possible, getting the best possible staff.
What do you do at T&T Agric? my responsibilities include the production of micrografted macadamia, grafting and grow-on of clonal avocado rootstocks and ensuring that the production facilities are in good order.
What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position? I have worked in numerous protea based production nurseries, have spent many years in various production nurseries, i also have much experience in tissue culture laboratories which helps when dealing with micrografting.
What do you like about working at T&T Agric? The fact that i am able to push the envelope, we are always looking for ways in which to reinvent the wheel
What are the values that drive you? Integrity, passion, fairness
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Spending time with my wife and daughter, reading, macrame, gardening