KWWF Speaker Programme

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. 


10:00 am Dr Piet Croucamp

10:30 am Wandile Sihlobo

11:15 am Ivor Price

12:00 am Jackie May

Ivor Price

Ivor Price is a well known journalist, radio and T.V host, as well as the co-founder and Editor in Chief of @foodformzansi, a South African multi-award winning digital publication that focuses on agriculture and food production in the country. The publication aims to promote and support the agriculture industry in South Africa by providing news, analysis, and stories about the people and issues in the sector.

Ivor is a strong advocate for the importance of agriculture in South Africa and believes that a strong and sustainable agriculture sector is essential for the economic development and social well-being of our country.

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 TWYG 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.

Wandile Sihlobo

Wandile Sihlobo is a renowned South African economist, agricultural business strategist, and writer. With a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University, he currently serves as the Chief Economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz). His work involves providing economic analysis and insights to the agricultural sector in South Africa. 

Sihlobo is a prolific writer, with his opinion pieces published in several local and international newspapers. He is also the author of the book "Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity and Agriculture,". 

Dr Piet Croucamp 

Dr Piet Croucamp is a political analyst and senior lecturer in Political Studies and International Relations at North West University. Dr Croucamp is respected for his outspoken ideas and willingness to challenge the status quo. 

Dr Croucamp will be joining us in the Karoo to discuss the current political climate and how farmers are currently being affected. We hope to get some insight into areas of future political conflict and how best to remain flexible when faced with adversity. 

Winter Wool Festival BOERE-PRAATJIES

An exciting addition to the Karoo Winter Wool festival Programme is the Boere-Praatjies, a discussion facilitated by Agri-Eastern Cape discussing the future of sustainable wool production in South Africa.