Our Story

Our Story

What Mr Jannie Neethling started in 1971 at Buffeljags River, near Swellendam, as a small family-run citrus farming business on the farm Thornlands, has since grown into what is known today as the Thornlands Group of Companies. Today we are privileged to continue my father’s dream of a family-run business benefiting the entire community it operates in. We plan to continue with my father’s dream for many years to come, in line with my father’s vision to better the community around us and to ensure the benefits of future growth for all. His words, ”KYK OP” (LOOK UP) will always be our main driving force behind what we do.

Today the Thornlands Group consists of the Thornlands Farm on which various cultivars of citrus are cultivated, Thornlands Packhouse in which we not only pack our own fruit, but also those of neighbouring producers, Thornlands Compost. Thornlands Transport, which started with one truck, and now twenty-one years later, boasts a fleet of trucks that can handle various freight configurations and depots across South Africa and neighbouring countries. The growth within the transport division also led to the establishment of Market Demand Logistics that, in conjunction with Thornlands Transport, coordinates the logistics of freight across Africa.

We at Thornlands are committed to delivering services and products in line with our core industry markets and our company’s core values.

We look forward to welcoming you to our family.

Mr Sarel Neethling

Chairman of the Board / Chief Executive Officer