Who we are
Kruger, Swart and Associates is a consultancy based in Pniel, just outside Stellenbosch South Africa, specialising in the development of sustainable value chains. We offer business and sector development services to both private and public-sector clients in Southern Africa and internationally. Our team has over 10 years’ experience in developing and implementing sustainable development strategies for large and small businesses, industry organizations, international development agencies and government. The consultancy provides professional and customized solutions, focussed on the implementation of social standards, the growth of sustainable value chains and integrated capacity building of all actors in these value chains.
Our Mission & Objectives
SKA was established in 2008 in response to agricultural companies’ need for information and support to achieve Fairtrade and other sustainability certification and the need of international standards owners and certification bodies to engage with local stakeholders to ensure locally relevant interpretation and application of standards. Over the years we have expanded our research, consultancy and training services in response to the challenges our clients face. Our team has successfully implemented research-based, participatory capacity-building projects for sector and value chain development in several standards and policy environments since 2008, and continue to work with all our past clients on new challenges.
Our expert team
Sandra has over 15 years’ experience in the development of sustainability standards and certification strategies for many sectors and businesses. She is passionate about innovative and outcome focused solutions for development and the creation of vibrant sectors and businesses that respond well to change. She is skilled in network creation, value chain analysis and development, workshop facilitation and research. Sandra holds a MPhil in Land and Agrarian Reform from the University of the Western Cape.
Marthane has over 10 years’ experience in the research and development of sustainable management practices for agribusinesses and related industries. She is skilled in systematic analysis of complex projects with multiple stakeholders and participatory planning to address specific development needs and challenges. Marthane is an expert facilitator and trainer and can enable human resource development in line with business goals on all levels, from general workers to top management. She also does certification support, conducts research studies and develops businesses for market access. Marthane holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from University of Stellenbosch.
Suzanne has over 20 years’ experience working throughout rural South Africa and has a keen understanding of the challenges faced by rural communities and small-scale businesses. Suzanne is an expert in training needs analysis and the development of training programs and capacity building strategies to enable sustainable development in businesses. She is an enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurs and community development initiatives. Suzanne holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Management Sciences from the University of the Free State.
Faye is 20 years old and from the Netherlands. She is a third year International Food & Agribusiness (IFA) student at HAS University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. IFA is an English-taught international bachelor programme about sustainable business with a focus on food, crop or animal production. Faye just finished a half year minor programme on development and environmental economics and policy at the Agricultural University of Wageningen. The SKA team is very excited to have her with us for 5 months (March – Aug 2019).
Marthane selected as part of Stronger Together facilitator team We are very proud to announce Marthane Swart has been selected as one of a team of 4 trainers to implement the Stronger Together Programme in South Africa in 2018. The Stronger Together Programme was developed as a response to increasing instances of modern slavery and forced labour in European contexts and is now being rolled out in countries who are trading partners to the UK and EU. The programme aims to raise awareness on forced labour in the wine and fruit industries through the use of a toolkit and workshops to support farmers with identifying and dealing with the problem in South Africa. Link: http://stronger2gether.org/new-programme-south-africa/
SKA becomes a Bonsucro member We are happy to announce that we have recently became a member of Bonsucro. Bonsucro is an international organisation active in the sustainable development of sugarcane. The organization works in a collaborative manner in their networks and the wider sugarcane sector to create thriving, sustainable producer communities and resilient, assured supply chains. We have collaborated with Bonsucro on several projects and have identified similar goals focussed on the agricultural and economic development in Southern Africa. We are looking forward to the change that future collaboration can bring to the region. Link: https://www.bonsucro.com/