CUSTOMER PORTAL REGISTRATION
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Technical and Sales Executive
Theo completed his BSc (Agric) Animal Science degree at the University of Pretoria in 2005. He attained a diploma in Business Management with distinction from Varsity College in 2012 and has experience in trading of Agricultural commodities.
He joined Rainbow at Epol Rustenburg in 2008 and gained valuable experience working as a Poultry Specialist.
He joined Cobb SA in January 2010 as the Breeder Specialist, since then he attended and successfully completed Cobb Technical Schools in various parts of the World.
He was appointed as Manager in April 2014.
Broiler Technical Manager
Breeder Production Manager East London
Mmathe studied National Diploma in Agriculture Animal Production from Tshwane University of Technology in 2004, Generic Management in 2011 and Manufacturing management 2015. Started with Quantum Foods t/a Nulaid /Tydstroom in 2005 as foreman at Commercial hatchery and Grandparent Hatchery, rearing and breeding site . He became hatchery assistant manager from March 2011 until April 2017. He Joint RCL Foods /Cobb in May 2017 as Hatchery Foreman and promoted to hatchery manager from 01 December 2017. He believe in nothing is impossible but need hard to work through difficulty to achieve goals.
Hatchery Technical Manager
Taryn completed her BSc (Agric) Animal Science and MSc (Agric) Animal Science, Livestock Nutrition at the University of Pretoria. She began her poultry career as the GP Hatchery Manager for Hubbard South Africa in 2009. In 2013 she began a 2 year contract in Mozambique as Poultry Operations Manager for DD Farming, focusing on their broiler, feed mill and abattoir operations. Taryn was appointed as the Malmesbury Hatchery Manager at RCL Foods in 2015, she then took on the role as Operations Manager in Tzaneen in 2016 and was appointed as Agric Technical Manager for RCL Foods in 2017. In 2018 she was appointed as the Hatchery Technical Manager for Cobb SA.
Sakhile Nsingwane studied BSc Agric (Animal science) at the University of Zululand and completed in 2013. Started work in 2014 as a trainee in one of the biggest ruminant feed mills (Molatek). The major part of his training was on ruminant feed formulations. He was absorbed into a junior supervisor position in December 2014. He worked his way through the ranks and was appointed as production clerk in 2015 and acting shift controller in 2017. He then joined Cobb SA as a Technical Advisor in April 2018.
Broiler Technical Advisor
Phiri studied at Tompi Agricultural College and obtained his National Diploma in Agricultural Utilization (Mixed Farming). He further attended and passed a broiler production course at KZN Poultry Institute. Phiri brings to the technical team a good amount of practical experience as he joined Rainbow Farms in 2005. He started off as an assistant farm manager and quickly was promoted to farm manager. Phiri gained valuable experience as Technical Advisor where he assisted contract growers at the Rainbow Limpopo facility for the last four years. Phiri Joined Cobb on 1 September 2017 as Broiler Technical advisor.
Hatchery Manager – Carolina
Oscar obtained a National Diploma in Agric management from the Tswane University of Technology in 2003. He persisted with his studies to complete an Agricultural degree and Masters of science at Unisa.
Oscar started with RCL foods in 2003 as a hatchery foreman in Rainbow Rustenburg. He, further has experience in Breeder production as he was a breeder farm manager in the Rainbow Midrand Region for a couple of years. Oscar joined the Cobb team as Carolina GP Hatchery Manager in February 2015.
Megan Van Der Merwe
Breeder Technical Manager
Megan Studied BSc Agric (Animal Science & Animal Genetics) at the University of Pretoria and completed her degree in 2005. She Started as an assistant small stock farmer at a large milk goat herd at Limpopo Dairy. In 2009 Megan stepped into the poultry industry at Hubbard SA, GP facility, as assistant farm manager which was later sold to Midway Chix. Through her affiliation to Midway chix she was later appointed in Afgri Poultry and served as Breeder Farm Manager. Megan was appointed as East London Breeder Production manager for Cobb SA in 2015, she has been appointed to the role of Breeder Technical Manager as from 2019.
Breeder Production Manager – Carolina
Michael obtained a National diploma in Animal Production from the Pretoria Technicon now known as the Tshwane University of Technology in 1998. He has more than 15 years production experience. Michael started with Cobb in 2002 doing in-service training on rearing, laying and hatcheries.
He went through a number of intensive training programs whilst with RCL Foods for example a Leadership development Programme at GIBBS and the Cobb World Tech school in USA to name a few.
Michael was promoted within the ranks and is currently working as the Breeder Production Manager at our Carolina facilities.
Kobus joined Rainbow farms Rustenburg in 1990 in the breeding division. In 1998 he moved to Rainbow farms Midrand as the breeding production manager and in 2005 he was promoted to agricultural manager responsible for the Midrand region.
Kobus attended and successfully completed Cobb’s World Technical school in the United States in 2010.
Kobus was appointed as the Agricultural executive for Cobb SA in 2014 and with more than 2 decades of experience in various roles within the poultry industry, Kobus brings a wealth of experience with him to the Cobb family.
Broiler Technical Advisor
Brendan completed his MSc (Agric) Animal Science degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2013.
He was then accepted into RCL Foods 2014 Graduate Recruitment Program, where he worked as an Agricultural Management Trainee for Rainbow in the Western Cape. He received training in the Hatchery, Rearing and Laying sectors, before concentrating on Broiler management.
Brendan then accepted a position at Cobb SA in 2015 as the Broiler Technical Advisor.
Steph von Waltsleben
Breeding Technical Advisor
Steph studied Animal & Poultry Science at UKZN and obtained a BSc (Agric) in 2008. After working in the Agricultural field for 2 years, she then went on to further her studies and completed her Masters in Poultry Science, specialising in Poultry Reproduction and Nutrition in 2012.
She gained valuable knowledge and experience in the Agricultural/ Avian Breeding Industry, having worked abroad in England and Dubai for a number of years whilst completing her Master’s degree.
Steph joined the Rainbow team at the beginning of 2013 as a Technical Advisor for Epol, Pietermaritzburg, focusing primarily on Broiler Breeder customers.
She moved across to Cobb SA in October 2014 as the Breeder Technical Advisor.
Denise joined Cobb in 2003 as Hatchery Clerk and was later promoted to Financial Accountant in 2007.
She obtained a Practical Management Certificate in 2005 at the Graduate Institue of Management and Technology and is currently studying towards her B. Compt degree in Management Accounting.
Willem De Lange
Cobb Planning Manager
Willem started his poultry career with Rocklands Poultry, now known as Sovereign Foods in 1998. After 7 years with Rocklands, fulfilling various roles, but specialising in Hatcheries he joined Rainbow Farms in 2005 as the Hatchery Manager at Palala, one of the largest integrated hatcheries in the country.
In 2013, he successfully completed the Cobb Technical School in Arkansas USA. Willem has recently joined the Cobb SA team as their Planning Manager.
Dr Sanjay Maharaj
Sanjay has over 29 years of experience in the poultry industry having joined RCL FOODS in 1989 as a Laboratory Technologist. He occupied various operational roles including hatchery, breeding and broilers before moving to a technical portfolio in 2017. Sanjay has a PhD in microbiology from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He was appointed as Director of Agriculture from 1st September 2018.