WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURE EXTENDS MOU WITH COMMODITY ORGANISATIONSCasidra
Over the past 19 years, Keith has been involved in the Agriculture value-chain in various capacities ranging from research and development (R&D) to investment and trade promotion. He spent more than nine years in the Agricultural R&D space at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in Stellenbosch and more than ten years as Agro-processing sector lead at the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape.
Keith started his career in 2002 as a Researcher in the Soil and Water Science Division at ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, where he was involved in several research projects focusing on soil health and biological wastewater treatment systems. His research findings have been published in scientific, semi-scientific and popular journals and have also been presented at local and international scientific conferences. In 2009, Keith joined the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij management team as Acting Programme Manager for the institute’s Post-harvest and Wine Technology Division until he joined the Business Development business unit at CDC in 2012 as sector lead for the attraction of Agro-processing and Aquaculture investments into the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
At CDC, Keith’s core focus was to attract Foreign and Domestic Direct Investment in the agro-processing sector into the Coega SEZ and the larger Eastern Cape. His portfolio included food and high-value crop processing, biofibres, and aquaculture. In addition, he developed several projects that required the integration of the supply of raw materials to the production facilities situated in the Coega SEZ. Keith also led the team developing and implementing the strategy for the multi-billion Rand Coega Aquaculture Development Zone in the Coega SEZ.
Keith completed a PhD and MSc in Microbiology, and an MPhil in Environmental Management at Stellenbosch University. He also holds a BSc and BSc (Hons) from the University of the Western Cape. He successfully transitioned from natural science to business management and completed an MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2011. Currently, he is pursuing a BCom Law degree through Unisa.
Keith has a passion for people, and his personal vision is to bring hope and inspiration to everyone he encounters.