Drikus was the first logistics bursary student at National Cooperative Dairies, which later became Clover S.A. He served on Clover’s Board of Directors and was Head of Supply Chain and IT with around 4000 people reporting into this structure. He became DFSA’s CEO in 2018, serving at the same time on the MILK SA and SAMPRO boards. He holds an MCom in Transport Economics, together with an MBA.
Jaco is a qualified Chartered Accountant with experience in the agricultural and FMCG sectors. He has a passion for investments and enjoys analysing businesses and benchmarking them against peers for efficiency. During Jaco’s tenure at DFSA and Clover, he gained experience in a diverse field of finance and management, including performing valuations, integrating newly acquired business and implementing budget systems.
Ilana is seasoned across the quality value chain, technical management in production and co-packaging, as well as plant management - all obtained within Clover S.A. Ilana holds an MBA, together with a BTech and National Diploma in Food Technology. She has a passion for developing human potential and driving continuous improvement through new system technology implementation.
Johann has extensive management experience in complex FMCG supply chain planning. He worked in the steel industry before finding his passion in dairy. He also worked for two years in retail logistics at Pick n Pay. Johann undertook six study visits to Europe and the USA in the last 12 years to benchmark international best practices in the logistics and supply chain environment, with a specific focus on the FMCG sector. Johann holds an Industrial Engineering degree, as well as an MBA.
Carl started his professional career in 2002 at Edward Snell & Co. as a Brand Manager for Wellington VO Brandy. He subsequently worked in various large FMC companies, including Reckitt Benckiser and AVI. His recent role before joining DFSA was Group Manager: Key Accounts and Trade Marketing at Clover S.A. Carl holds a BCom degree.
Ian has 25 years of work experience in the dairy industry. He is particularly seasoned in producer value chain practices and processes and he looks forward to working closely with Dairy Group’s milk procurement team in assisting our producers in achieving their own and the company’s long-term goals. Ian holds a BTech degree in Agricultural Management.
Amber has held executive leadership roles in Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola Sabco, Fortune, and transformational leadership in Aspen Pharmacare. She has held various academic and non-academic roles at Nelson Mandela University and is the worthy recipient of local and international awards for her contributions to business and society. Amber holds a Doctorate in Human Resource Development, MA (Sociology), BA Hons (Group Dynamics) and an HDE IV (Secondary).
Francois holds an MSc in Microbiology and BSc Food Science degree and is a Golden Key Honour Society member. Francois has strong experience in marketing, supply chain (mainly operations), quality control and assurance, safety, optimisation and continuous improvement methodologies, operational risk management principles, general management, product and packaging development, plant commissioning, project management and legislative environments. This provides a strong technical approach to Dairy Group’s diverse dairy product offerings.
To be a dairy farmer-centric organisation to the benefit of our members and nutritional dairy products provider to consumers.
To be a leading milk buyer by creating profitable dairy categories in South Africa and Africa. To build new dairy capabilities by leveraging existing UHT platforms, as well as through mergers and acquisitions, to the long-term benefit of shareholders.
Consumer health is top-of-mind when we develop our products. We care deeply for the livelihoods of our communities; health of our animals and a sustainable environment. Support of emerging black-owned farmers is central to our future growth plans.
Who we are
Dairy Group is the leading raw milk buyer in South Africa, passionately committed to creating optimum growth and value for our dairy producer members.