About Us

Mahela group employs 700 full-time employees and provides an additional 1 100 non-permanent jobs.

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The late Barend (Ben) Jacobus Vorster, laid the foundation of what was to become Mahela Group in 1942 when he rented his first piece of land, a section of The Junction farm, outside Letsitele in the Mopani district of Limpopo, South Africa. He initially farmed with vegetables but in 1950 he planted his first citrus tree, paving the way for what was to become one of South Africa’s biggest privately- owned citrus exporters.

Ben’s sons, Edward and Pieter, joined him in the 1960’s and together they farmed and expanded the family’s farming operations. Upon Ben’s passing Edward and Pieter continued to build on his legacy. In 1988 they decided to split the family business between themselves. BJ Vorster Boerdery became Mahela Boerdery (Edward) and Laeveld Sitrus (Pieter).
Today Edward and his four sons, Barend, Pieter, Eddie and Francois oversee a diverse grouping of farming interests under the umbrella of Mahela Group.

Mahela Group



The various business interests of Mahela Boerdery are grouped together under the Mahela Group. These include the production of various fruit and nuts, a nursery, fruit packing and exporting, the rearing of livestock, game breeding and chartered flights.

Mahela also holds shares in a juice company, a carton manufacturer and a chemical company.

The biggest percentage of fruit produced on Mahela farms are citrus. These are exported to Europe, Asia, Japan, the Middle-East, Far East and Russia under the brands of Makulu Citrus, Mahela Boerdery and Mala-Mala Citrus.

The Group’s board of directors consists of BJ Vorster’s son, Edward Vorster, his four sons and a non-executive director.

The group employs 700 full-time employees and provides an additional 1 100 non-permanent jobs.


Mahela Group’s policy and strategy are shaped by five executive directors and a non-executive director. Edward Vorster is chairman of the board while each of his sons oversees a different aspect of the company.


Mahela Team



Quality fruit

From production to delivery, we aim to produce fruit that are of the highest quality.

Custodians of Nature

We see ourselves as custodians of nature. We, therefore, strive towards producing fruit in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner.

Caring for our people

Our employees are important to us. Apart from adhering to South Africa’s labour laws, we go the extra mile to ensure that our employees have opportunities to improve their lives and those of their families.

Uplifting our Community

We realise that Mahela Group is part of a greater community. We acknowledge that Mahela Group has a responsibility to contribute to the socio-economic wellbeing of our community.


James Edward Vorster

Email: Edward@mahela.co.za

Barend Vorster

Email: Barend@mahela.co.za

Pieter Vorster
Director Corporate and Development.

Email: Pieter@mahela.co.za

Eddie Vorster
Director Citrus Production.

Email: Eddie@mahela.co.za

Francois Vorster
Director Subtropical fruit production and game.

Email: francoisv@mahela.co.za

Louis von Zeuner
Non- executive director