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Working together

ZZ2 collaborates and cooperates internationally to support our system for innovation, development and production success.

International

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THE NETHERLANDS
Tomato seed, export and avocado ripening.
ITALY
Tomato cultivars and seeds; nursery tissue culture technology.
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MEXICO
Tomato protected
production technology.

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SPAIN
Netting material for net houses, tomato cultivars and seed.

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ISRAEL
Tomato cultivars and seed; avocado technology; almond cultivars; date planting material.

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USA
Almond processing plants, harvest equipment and technology. Avocado, almond, cherry and blueberry cultivars.

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THE NETHERLANDS
Tomato seed, export and avocado ripening.

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ITALY
Tomato cultivars and seeds; nursery tissue culture technology.

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FRANCE
Packhouse technology.

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NEW ZEALAND
Blueberry technology / varieties; pack-line technology.

academic

ZZ2 is involved in various projects with the Universities of Limpopo, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. Furthermore, we have ties with UCLA and Cornell Universities in the US.

ZZ2’s involvement in academic transformation is systematic and long-term orientated. Starting from the bottom-up, we introduced student internships and initiated agri-career fairs at universities in cooperation with the Produce Marketing Association (PMA).

ZZ2’s academic internships consist of short projects that students complete under the guidance of professional mentors. ZZ2 offers ten internships a year. The projects fall within the framework of farming operations namely production, packaging and marketing. Promising students are recruited or offered a permanent position to become involved in another of ZZ2’s research projects.

Working with partners

ZZ2 has formed an “ecosystem” with companies across the farming supply chain. In this way we can grow together with selected businesses sharing our philosophy and values, without losing focus of our core business, the production of fresh produce.

Karas Date Farming (Pty) Ltd

ZZ2 and partners grow Medjool dates on the banks of the Orange River in Namibia’s Karas province. Marketed as Karas Medjool Dates, the dates are sold on the local market and exported to the rest of the world. Visit the dates product page on this website for more information.

Hishtil SA (Pty) Ltd

Hishtil SA is a commercial seedling nursery, producing a wide variety of seedlings utilizing innovative technologies and cutting edge know-how. Their nurseries are located at Mooketsi in Limpopo and Riebeek-Wes in the Western Cape. For more information, visit their website at www.hishtilsa.com

Farm Gate Trading Platform (Pty) Ltd (FGX)

FGX combines market authority and virtual trading platform capabilities, selling fresh produce. For more information visit www.fgxplatform.co.za
With the aim to provide and create a market for fresh produce growers in the north of Limpopo, a joint venture between FGX, RSA Market Agents and ZZ2 created two fresh produce markets at Mooketsi and Polokwane respectively. These markets serve village traders as well as larger retailers. For more information, visit www.rmms.co.za.

Matshidi Cherries

ZZ2 entered into an agreement with the De Wet Family to plant low chill cherry varieties destined for export. This agreement includes their established orchards near Rustenburg (Matshidi Cherries Muriti) and the newly developed orchards in the Muldersdrift (Matshidi Cherries Toscana) and Polokwane (Matshidi Cherries Kareebosch) areas. ZZ2 and the De Wet Family hold the planting rights for Zaiger low chill cherry varieties in the northern parts of South Africa through Cherry Genetics Resources (Pty) Ltd. This venture enables independent farmers to establish cherry orchards in suitable climatic regions in the north, in cooperation with Cherry Genetic Resources (with technical and operational support from the Matshidi entities). Visit the cherry product page on this website for more information.

Cape Almonds (Pty) Ltd

ZZ2 holds the rights to the self-pollinating Independence almond variety and has established orchards at Riebeek-Wes in the Western Cape. This venture is enabling independent farmers to establish Independence orchards in conjunction with Cape Almonds. Visit the almond product page on this website to download the Cape Almonds prospectus.

BioBee Integrated Crop Solutions (Pty) Ltd

BioBee’s biological pest control solutions assist South African farmers in growing quality fruits, vegetables and flowers that are free from chemical residues. This venture between ZZ2, Hishtil SA and BioBee (Israel) contributes to the production of safe, healthy and affordable fresh produce.
Visit their website at https://biobee.co.za

Makgoba Asset Management (Pty) Ltd (MAM)

MAM manages the assets acquired by the Makgoba community in the Tzaneen area, Limpopo. This includes sustainable, long-term rental agreements for their properties in the area, as well as agricultural production ventures with selected partners.

Ruvalabs (Pty) Ltd

Ruvalabs is a plant biotechnology company situated near Somerset West in the Western Cape. Ruvalabs operates a modern plant tissue culture laboratory-designed, custom built and equipped for large scale tissue culture propagation. Visit their website at https://ruvalabs.com

ZZ2 Partners (Pty) Ltd

ZZ2 Partners is the result of cooperation with foreign investment group Criterion African Partners and its affiliates, developing forestry land with the current focus on avocado production.

ZZFresh (Pty) Ltd

ZZFresh is a staging and packing facility as well as an avocado ripening facility situated near Lanseria in Gauteng. It packs and/or repacks fruit and vegetables on behalf of various growers and also ripens ZZ2 avocados, delivering to the major supermarket groups in South Africa.

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Karas Date Farming (Pty) Ltd

ZZ2 and partners grow Medjool dates on the banks of the Orange River in Namibia’s Karas province. Marketed as Karas Medjool Dates, the dates are sold on the local market and exported to the rest of the world. Visit the dates product page on this website for more information.

Hishtil SA (Pty) Ltd

Hishtil SA is a commercial seedling nursery, producing a wide variety of seedlings utilizing innovative technologies and cutting edge know-how. Their nurseries are located at Mooketsi in Limpopo and Riebeek-Wes in the Western Cape. For more information, visit their website at www.hishtilsa.com

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Farm Gate Trading Platform (Pty) Ltd

FGX combines market authority and virtual trading platform capabilities, selling fresh produce. For more information visit www.fgxplatform.co.za
With the aim to provide and create a market for fresh produce growers in the north of Limpopo, joint venture between FGX, RSA Market Agents and ZZ2 created two fresh produce markets at Mooketsi and Polokwane respectively. These markets serve village traders as well as larger retailers. For more information, visit www.rmms.co.za.

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Matshidi Cherries

ZZ2 entered into an agreement with the De Wet Family to plant low chill cherry varieties destined for export. This agreement includes their established orchards near Rustenburg (Matshidi Cherries Muriti) and the newly developed orchards in the Muldersdrift (Matshidi Cherries Toscana) and Polokwane (Matshidi Cherries Kareebosch) areas. ZZ2 and the De Wet Family hold the planting rights for Zaiger low chill cherry varieties in the northern parts of South Africa through Cherry Genetics Resources (Pty) Ltd. This venture enables independent farmers to establish cherry orchards in suitable climatic regions in the north, in cooperation with Cherry Genetic Resources (with technical and operational support from the Matshidi entities). Visit the cherry product page on this website for more information.

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Cape Almonds (Pty) Ltd

ZZ2 holds the rights to the self-pollinating Independence almond variety and has established orchards at Riebeek-Wes in the Western Cape. This venture is enabling independent farmers to establish Independence orchards in conjunction with Cape Almonds. Visit the almond product page on this website to download the Cape Almonds prospectus.

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BioBee Integrated Crop Solutions (Pty) Ltd

BioBee’s biological pest control solutions assist South African farmers in growing quality fruits, vegetables and flowers that are free from chemical residues. This venture between ZZ2, Hishtil SA and BioBee (Israel) contributes to the production of safe, healthy and affordable fresh produce.
Visit their website at https://biobee.co.za

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Makgoba Asset Management (Pty) Ltd (MAM)

MAM manages the assets acquired by the Makgoba community in the Tzaneen area, Limpopo. This includes concluding sustainable, long-term rental agreements for their properties in the area, as well as agricultural production ventures with selected partners.

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Ruvalabs (Pty) Ltd

Ruvalabs is a plant biotechnology company situated near Somerset West in the Western Cape. Ruvalabs operates a modertissue culture laboratory designed, custom built and equipped for large scale tissue culture propagation. Visit their website at https://ruvalabs.com

ZZ2 Partners (Pty) Ltd

ZZ2 Partners is the result of cooperation with foreign investment group Criterion African Partners and its affiliates, developing forestry land with the current focus on avocado production.

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ZZFresh (Pty) Ltd

ZZFresh is a staging and packing facility as well as an avocado ripening facility situated near Lanseria in Gauteng. It packs and/or repacks fruit and vegetables on behalf of various growers and also ripens ZZ2 avocados, delivering to the major supermarket groups in South Africa.

  • Karas Date Farming (Pty) Ltd  +


    ZZ2 and partners grow Medjool dates on the banks of the Orange River in Namibia’s Karas province. Marketed as Karas Medjool Dates, the dates are sold on the local market and exported to the rest of the world. Visit the dates product page on this website for more information.

  • Hishtil SA (Pty) Ltd  +


    Hishtil SA is a commercial seedling nursery, producing a wide variety of seedlings utilizing innovative technologies and cutting edge know-how. Their nurseries are located at Mooketsi in Limpopo and Riebeek-Wes in the Western Cape. For more information, visit their website at www.hishtilsa.com.

  • Farm Gate Trading Platform(Pty) Ltd (FGX)  +


    FGX combines market authority and virtual trading platform capabilities, selling fresh produce. For more information visit www.fgxplatform.co.za

    With the aim to provide and create a market for fresh produce growers outside of the metropolitan areas, a joint venture between FGX, RSA Market Agents and ZZ2 created two fresh produce markets at Mooketsi and Polokwane respectively. These markets serve village traders as well as larger retailers. For more information, visit www.rmms.co.za.

  • BioBee Integrated Crop Solutions (Pty) Ltd  +


    BioBee’s biological pest control solutions assist South African farmers in growing quality fruits, vegetables and flowers that are free from chemical residues. This venture between ZZ2, Hishtil SA and BioBee (Israel) contributes to the production of safe, healthy and affordable fresh produce.
    Visit their website at https://biobee.co.za

  • Cape Almonds (Pty) Ltd  +


    ZZ2 holds the rights to the self-pollinating Independence almond variety and has established orchards at Riebeek-Wes in the Western Cape. This venture is enabling independent farmers to establish Independence orchards in conjunction with Cape Almonds. Visit the almond product page on this website to download the Cape Almonds prospectus.

  • ZZ2 Partners (Pty) Ltd  +


    ZZ2 Partners is the result of cooperation with foreign investment group Criterion African Partners and its affiliates, developing forestry land with the current focus on avocado production.

  • Makgoba Asset Management(Pty) Ltd (MAM)  +


    MAM manages the assets acquired by the Makgoba community in the Tzaneen area, Limpopo. This includes concluding sustainable, long-term rental agreements for their properties in the area, as well as agricultural production ventures with selected partners.

  • Ruvalabs (Pty) Ltd  +


    Ruvalabs is a plant biotechnology company situated near Somerset West in the Western Cape. Ruvalabs operates a modern in vitro plant tissue culture laboratory designed, custom built and equipped for large scale tissue culture propagation. Visit their website at https://ruvalabs.com

  • Matshidi Cherries  +


    ZZ2 entered into an agreement with the De Wet Family to plant low chill cherry varieties destined for export. This agreement includes their established orchards near Rustenburg (Matshidi Cherries Muriti) and the newly developed orchards in the Lanseria (Matshidi Cherries Toscana) and Polokwane (Matshidi Cherries Kareebosch) areas.

    ZZ2 and the De Wet Family hold the planting rights for Zaiger low chill cherry varieties in the northern parts of South Africa through Cherry Genetics Resources (Pty) Ltd. This venture enables independent farmers to establish cherry orchards in suitable climatic regions in the north, in cooperation with Cherry Genetic Resources (with technical and operational support from the Matshidi entities).

    Visit the cherry product page on this website for more information.

  • ZZFresh (Pty) Ltd  +


    ZZFresh is a staging and packing facility as well as an avocado ripening facility situated near Lanseria in Gauteng. It packs and/or repacks fruit and vegetables on behalf of various growers and also ripens ZZ2 avocados, delivering to the major supermarket groups in South Africa.

academic

ZZ2 is involved in various projects with the Universities of Limpopo, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. Furthermore, we have ties with UCLA and Cornell Universities in the US.

ZZ2’s involvement in academic transformation is systematic and long-term orientated. Starting from the bottom-up, we introduced student internships and initiated agri-career fairs at universities in cooperation with the Produce Marketing Association (PMA).

ZZ2’s academic internships consist of short projects that students complete under the guidance of professional mentors. ZZ2 offers ten internships a year. The projects fall within the framework of farming operations namely production, packaging and marketing. Promising students are recruited or offered a permanent position to become involved in another of ZZ2’s research projects.

sustainable responsibility

By concentrating on the healthy relationships of an open system, ZZ2 has been able to become a home for all its people.
This means that we take care of all our stakeholders through our open system philosophy, rather than focusing on ourselves.

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training

ZZ2 employee training

At ZZ2 we firmly believe in the affirmation of our people by equipping them with skills – from in-service training and mentorship, to school and university bursaries and apprenticeships. Through career planning talented and loyal employees are guided to better their lives and for the next level they might qualify for.

We regularly offer practical farming and engineering advice to emerging farmers. ZZ2 also offers mentorship and study groups various aspects within the farming value chain.

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ZZ2 Academy

The ZZ2 Learning and Growth Academy has been established in Mooketsi, Limpopo. The facility provides the opportunity for ZZ2 employees to develop and improve their knowledge, skills and competencies in order to reach their full potential and in this way to contribute to the growth of the ZZ2 system.

ZZ2 Learning & Growth Academy

The objective is to register the Academy with the Department of Higher Education and Training to facilitate accredited training courses in the future.

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our people

ZZ2 creates job opportunities for more than 10 000 people and we strive to create a happy workforce with benefits such as clinics, transport and crèches. Employees represent a variety of cultures and languages. We endeavor to create a crime-free and safe, social, political and economically viable environment to all our people and the broader community.

ZZ2 employees

The creation of local (regional) fresh produce markets that enable the greater community through the offering of fresh produce at reasonable prices, have stimulated entrepreneurship for village traders and independent local farmers.

We work unabated towards the goal to create communities that are independent and are able to help themselves through many smaller opportunities and projects that we enable and/or facilitate.

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ROADS

As a responsible corporate citizen using the road infrastructure, it is important to ZZ2 to be involved in the maintenance of the roads in the areas where ZZ2 operates. This has led to a strategic partnership agreement between ZZ2 and the Road Agency of Limpopo (RAL) to contribute to the upkeep of roads in the province.

ZZ2 working on the roads

Projects so far undertaken are the maintenance of the R521 between Pontdrif and Alldays. It included the filling of potholes, clearing of road shoulders, erection of road signs and resurfacing of the road. ZZ2 was also involved in the clearing of shoulders on the R525, the road east of Musina leading to Pafuri and maintaining several other roads i.e. the Malaladrift and Houtbosdorp roads.

Other major projects were the Houtbosdorp road in Magoebaskloof where an embankment failure was repaired by engineers from ZZ2 in conjunction with Mosomo Consulting Civil Engineers from Tzaneen and RAL.

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health

Dr taking a patients vitals

Health care is provided through clinics on our farms with qualified nursing staff and doctors who visit weekly. These health care centres also run a number of educational programmes to inform employees on matters such as HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and cholera. The clinics are run in close collaboration with the Department of Health. Employees in need of specialist treatment, are transported to medical centres and hospitals in the various regions, free of charge in ZZ2 ambulances.

At ZZ2 we firmly believe in the affirmation of our people by equipping them with skills – from in-service training and mentorship, to school and university bursaries and apprenticeships. Through career planning talented and loyal employees are guided to better their lives and for the next level they might qualify for.

We regularly offer practical farming and engineering advice to emerging farmers. ZZ2 also offers mentorship and study groups various aspects within the farming value chain.

The ZZ2 Learning and Growth Academy has been established in Mooketsi, Limpopo. The facility provides the opportunity for ZZ2 employees to develop and improve their knowledge, skills and competencies in order to reach their full potential and in this way to contribute to the growth of the ZZ2 system. The objective is to register the Academy with the Department of Higher Education and Training to facilitate accredited training courses in the future.

ZZ2 creates job opportunities for more than 10 000 people and we strive to create a happy workforce with benefits such as clinics, transport and crèches. Employees represent a variety of cultures and languages. We endeavor to create a crime-free and safe, social, political and economically viable environment to all our people and the broader community.

The creation of local (regional) fresh produce markets that enable the greater community through the offering of fresh produce at reasonable prices, have stimulated entrepreneurship for village traders and independent local farmers.

We work unabated towards the goal to create communities that are independent and are able to help themselves through many smaller opportunities and projects that we enable and/or facilitate.

As a responsible corporate citizen using the road infrastructure, it is important to ZZ2 to be involved in the maintenance of the roads in the areas where ZZ2 operates. This has led to a strategic partnership agreement between ZZ2 and the Road Agency of Limpopo (RAL) to contribute to the upkeep of roads in the province.

Projects so far undertaken are the maintenance of the R521 between Pontdrif and Alldays. It included the filling of potholes, clearing of road shoulders, erection of road signs and resurfacing of the road. ZZ2 was also involved in the clearing of shoulders on the R525, the road east of Musina leading to Pafuri and maintaining several other roads i.e. the Malaladrift and Houtbosdorp roads.

Other major projects were the Houtbosdorp road in Magoebaskloof where an embankment failure was repaired by engineers from ZZ2 in conjunction with Mosomo Consulting Civil engineers from Tzaneen and RAL.

The possibilities of the cumulative effect of communities producing food in their backyards utilising grey water and other water flowing into the community, were the driving force of a project to plant an avocado orchard in Ward 5 of Giyani in Limpopo. This project is undertaken in conjunction with well-known TV personality and councillor of the ward, Penny Penny.

ZZ2 aims to provide households with technical assistance and the right avocado cultivars; collect all the fruit and market it collectively. A viable and sustainable partnership will be established according to the number of backyard fruit trees community members have that are in production.

Health care is provided through clinics on our farms with qualified nursing staff and doctors who visit weekly. These health care centres also run a number of educational programmes to inform employees on matters such as HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and cholera. The clinics are run in close collaboration with the Department of Health. Employees in need of specialist treatment, are transported to medical centres and hospitals in the various regions, free of charge in ZZ2 ambulances.

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