Farming portfolio

Mpambanyoni Estate, Renishaw
Freehold, 1800 hectares
Under evaluation for residential and commercial development
Sugar cane – dryland
740 hectares
Crocworld Conservation Centre tourist facility:

Located on the outskirts of Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal, the 1 800-hectare estate comprises Renishaw farm, which has 740 hectares of dryland cane, and the Crocworld tourism facility. The sugar cane is sent to Illovo’s Sezela mill for crushing.

This farm is the historic base of the Crookes family’s pioneering endeavours in the area and is the site of the group’s head office. With its beautiful sea views and accessible location, Renishaw is being evaluated for residential, educational and commercial development.

Riversbend Estate, Nkwalini Valley
Sugar cane – irrigated
1 400 hectares

The Riversbend Estate, comprising 1 400 hectares of irrigated cane in the Nkwalini Valley near Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal, is leased to Tongaat Hulett Sugar (THS) for a 15-year term. The lease was considered the best option for this marginal farm because location and cane supply are strategic to THS for its Felixton mill.

Komati Estate, Komatipoort

Sugar cane and bananas – irrigated
2 500 hectares

The Komati Estate in Mpumalanga consists of cane and bananas, all under irrigation, on several separate properties around TSB’s Komati mill. The bananas are marketed by Lebombo Growers (Pty) Limited, in which the group has a shareholding. The property was sold to the state in 2010 in terms of the land restitution programme and is leased back by the group on a 10-year lease (five years renewable for a further five years). At the end of the lease, it is planned to continue to manage the farm in a joint venture with the community beneficiaries of the land restitution claim.

Elgin – Grabouw – Villiersdorp
Deciduous fruit – irrigated
650 hectares

The fruit is delivered to Two-A-Day Limited (in which Crookes Brothers has a minority shareholding) for packing or juicing, and marketing to international and local customers.


Mthayiza Farming, Malelane

Leasehold, jointly operated with Libuyile community
Sugar cane – irrigated
1 100 hectares

The Mthayiza Estate near Malelane in Mpumalanga is leased for a period of 15 years from the Libuyile community by Mthayiza Farming (Pty) Limited, which is jointly owned by the group and the community.

Crookes Plantations, Big Bend
Sugar cane – irrigated
2 450 hectares

The group’s Swaziland estate is situated near Big Bend in the lowveld and delivers cane to Illovo’s Ubombo mill.

Individual farms, freehold and leasehold mix
Sugar cane – irrigated
320 hectares


Mazabuka Estate
Sugar cane – irrigated
440 hectares

Our Zambian estate, with 440 hectares of cane under irrigation, was purchased in 2010. It is located near Mazabuka, approximately 100 kilometres south east of Lusaka, and delivers cane to Illovo’s Nakambala mill.



Under development, macadamias and annual crops – Irrigated and dryland
1 250 hectares