Winter Wool Festival Speaker Program 

Paradigm shifting speakers are lined up for your listening pleasure. They will be speaking about agricultural economics, regenerative farming, the future of farming in South Africa and the importance of natural fibres in South African fashion. These intellectual keynote speakers are something that can’t be missed. 

11:00 am Roland Kroon - Regenerative Agriculture 

11:55 am Jacques Le Roux - Future of SA Wool 

12:15 am Jackie May - Natural Fibres and Sustainable Fashion 

13:00 pm Lunch 

14:00 pm Leon De Beer - NWGA Wool Farmers Working Together 

14:20 pm Athol Trollip - Political Climate within South Africa 

15:00 pm Stefan Gerber - Field to Fashion ( Gerber and Co. ) 

15:20 pm Dawie R - South African Economy 

Dawie Roodt 

Dawie Roodt is the chief economist and a director at Efficient Group, a financial services company. His career in economic and political analysis spans over 20 years and includes nine years as an economist at the South African Reserve Bank as well as being the economic editor of a financial publication.

Roland Kroon 

An innovative courageous farmer and business man. Roland is a brilliant speaker and has accumulated vast knowledge and experience in regenerative farming. He has put to test all the theories about progressive agriculture. This is bound to be a must attend session. 

Talk Title: 

Regenerative Land Management – no longer a matter of choice, BUT it is easier than you think

Athol Trollip 

Roland Athol Price Trollip (born 12 March 1964) is a South African politician and provincial chairman of ActionSA in the Eastern Cape. He was previously a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA), serving as the Federal Chairperson of the DA from 2015 to 2019 and the Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, serving from 2016 until  2018. 

Jackie May  

Jackie has worked in big and medium-sized mainstream media organisations for more than 20 years. She launched Twyg in 2018. At the core of the content she publishes on the platform is a commitment to exploring ways we can live well now while ensuring a kinder, inclusive, nature-friendly future for all. When she’s not producing content for her site, she works with Refashion Lab exploring inclusive and repurposed fashion.  

Jacques Le Roux 

Jacques is the OVK General manager of Wool and Mohair. Based in Gqeberha, Jacques originally came from a farming background where he learned to love wool and mohair.  He is now an integral part of facilitating the buying and selling of wool to both international and local entities for OVK, one of the largest farming co-operatives in South Africa. The OVK Group, with its head office in Ladybrand, is a progressive agricultural company in South Africa. The OVK Groupis continuously aspiring to extend and improve its services to all interested parties. 

Leon De Beer 

Leon De Beer is General Manager at the National Wool Growers Association.  The National Woolgrowers Association of SA , having been founded in 1926 and established in 1929, is the oldest producer organisation serving the wooled sheep farmer.  It has since developed into a countrywide association comprising of 6 provinces with a membership base of more than 4 500 commercial and 20 000 communal members.

Stefan Gerber 

Stefan Gerber is the founder of Gerber and Co, a retail brand that has successfully followed the full value chain and taken the raw resources from their farm and manufactured them into beautifully crafted garments and products. Gerber and Co is 100% Organic Merino Wool clothing from the purest source - Gerber owned Namaqualand farm -  where every fleece is hand-reared, hand-sheared and meticulously nurtured right through to the garment that finally warms your heart.

Ian Widdop 

Ian is a social entrepreneur. Recently engaged in the establishment of the Centre of Excellence for Adaptation and Resilience at UNISA, he is passionate about the contribution civil society can make to the preparation for, response to, and recovery from crises and disasters, natural or man-made. Resilience in individuals, communities, infrastructure, and industry can all be positively influenced. These topics are discussed in a resonating and inspiring manner.

These speakers will be presenting in the Dwarsvlei Shearing shed, Dwarsvlei. 

Tickets: R70 for a Full day pass to watch all speakers 

Ticket sales: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/172540-karoo-winter-wool-festival/