SENIOR GENERAL MANAGER
Elli Erlendsson

“I enjoy farm life and the challenges that come with a career in agriculture. No day is ever the same and there is always something new and exciting to learn”.

MAWECRO FARMING (PTY) LIMITED

CBL has a 49% shareholding in Mawecro Farming with the balance owned by the Mawecro (community) CPA. Mawecro leases land from the CPA which includes approximately 1650 ha of irrigated cane and 250 ha of banana plantations.

The land leased from the CPA formed part of Komati Estate of CBL which was sold to the government in 2010 as part of the land restoration process. The sale agreement made provision for a 10 year leaseback by CBL.

In 2015 this land was transferred from the government to the Mawecro CPA. CBL then waived its leaseback rights in favour of a 20 year community partnership with the CPA which started from 1 April 2016.

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KOMATI FARMS

The balance of the Komati Estate not transferred to the Mawewe CPA is still leased by CBL from the government, with the lease due to expire in July 2020. These farms consist of approximately 430 ha of cane and 170ha of bananas.

MTHAYIZA FARMING (PTY) LIMITED

Mthayiza was formed in 2008 as a community partnership with the Libuyile community to farm land near Malelane acquired by the community from various third parties via the land restitution process. At that time the farms consisted of 600 ha of cane and some 40 ha of mangoes, all very run down. Since then the farm has been substantially replanted and with the addition of further farms now comprises 1100 ha under cane.

MPUMALANGA FARMS

Mpumalanga Farms, with a total area under cane of approximately 320 ha, consists of 3 small parcels of land adjacent to the Mawecro and Mthayiza operations.