About us

Gwanzi Queen Pineapples produces the following pineapple cultivars near Hluhluwe town:
     • Queen
     • MD 11 (“Yellow Cayenne”)
The pineapples are exported to markets in Europe and The United Kingdom and are distributed to national markets, throughout the whole year.

Gwanzi Queens are owned and managed by the dynamic father and son team,
Fred and Du Toit Visser, with the assistance of a dynamic and professional staff compliment.

     







Our history

Starting on a meagre 5 ha land over 40 years ago, Fred Visser has in time built Gwanzi Queens into one of the most successful pineapple farms in the history of modern day South Africa.

Which is easily understandable considering Fred Visser’s achievements:
     • 1989: he was elected by Zululand Chamber of Commerce as one
        of the top 10 business people in KwaZulu-Natal.
     • 1998 - 2000: he served as president of KWANALU
       (KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union), as well as serving as a
       councillor for the Big 5
       False Bay Municipality where he made huge contributions to the
       establishment of lower income housing schemes for the
       previously disadvantaged.
     • is a founding member of the Hluhluwe Tourism Association,
     • and served on a advisory committee at the Owen Sithole
       Agricultural College for a number of years.
     • He is a board member of the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Park, and
     • has been a member of both the Hluhluwe Advertising Association
       and Hluhluwe Pineapple & Agricultural Association for more than
       20 years.
     • 1999: He was elected National Farmer of the Year by the
       influential Agricultural Writers Association.
     • During the 2002 elections in neighbouring Zimbabwe, he was
       chosen by the South African government as one of a handful of
       South African observers to monitor the elections for being fair and
       free. He was one of only two of these observers who later
       reported it as not being fair and free.

Fred Visser was joined by his son Du Toit during 1993.
Du Toit has followed in his father’s footsteps as a leader for the community.

Today they continue to produce pineapples of an excellent standard.
40 years of excellence!

 


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