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The 1662 Award was created to celebrate the first two Wittewijn Appels that were picked in the Company’s Garden on the 17th April 1662 and to recognise the humble beginnings of the deciduous fruit industry on the southern tip of Africa.

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June 11, 2024 9:41am

The 1662 Industry Award commemorates the first two apples harvested that year – April 17 to be exact – in the Company’s Garden at the Cape of Good Hope. The picking of the two Witte Wijn Appels is regarded symbolically…

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February 26, 2024 2:06pm

The 1662 award commemorates the first apples that were harvested in the Company Garden at the Cape in that year – 17 April to be exact.  Joy van Biljon, one of the founding members of the Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre,…

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Prof Karen Theron and Dr Mono Mashaba receive Hortgro 1662 Industry Award

April 22, 2022 3:51pm

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp Professor Karen Theron and Dr Mono Mashaba received the Hortgro 1662 Industry Award at an event held in Stellenbosch recently. This is the fourth year that the industry recognizes industry titans with the 1662 Award. Previous recipients…

Hortgro 1662 Industry Award Goes To Buks Nel And Henk Griessel

Hortgro 1662 Industry Award goes to Buks Nel and Henk Griessel

April 16, 2021 3:48pm

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp The formidable duo, Buks Nel and Henk Griessel, are this year’s recipients of the coveted Hortgro 1662 Industry Award for their invaluable contribution to the South African deciduous fruit industry. The 1662 Industry Award was initiated by…

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Jolene Isaacs awards Hortgro 1662 Industry Award

October 28, 2020 3:47pm

By Elise-Marie Steenkamp STELLENBOSCH – Joyene Isaacs, former HOD of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, became the second person last night to receive the coveted Hortgro 1662 Industry Award. Horticulturist Koos Lötter was the first recipient of the award…

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Koos Lötter – Een van ‘n soort

April 10, 2019 3:46pm

Deur Elise-Marie Steenkamp Die legendariese landboukundige en skrywer Koos Lötter (92) is onlangs deur die Suid-Afrikaanse sagtevrugtebedryf vir sy bydrae tot dié bedryf en spesifiek ook vir die ontwikkeling van die alternatiewe gewasse, vereer. ’n Oorkonde is aan die deurwinterde…

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