Piet Retief Farmer – New NCT Chairman – A first ever for Piet Retief, in fact, a first ever for Mpumalanga.
Mr Philip Day was elected chairman of the NCT Forestry Co-op, at the organisation’s AGM during July 2015. He took over from Mr Harald Niebuhr from Paulpietersburg.
It is the first time in the history of the co-op (which was established in 1949) that a chairman comes from so far north. The NCT Forestry Co-operative Limited (NCT) has more than 2 000 members consisting of small and commercial timber growers who are involved, predominantly, in producing timber for the chip export market. These members come from all the timber growing areas in our country in Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern and Southern Cape.
NCT markets over two million tons of timber for its members, grown on about 300 000 ha. The NCT office in Du Toit Street, Piet Retief, is manned by Jeremy Carr and Dudu Simelane. The head office is in Pietermaritzburg and Philip attends meetings there regularly.
Philip acquired his BSc Forestry degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 1984 after which he returned to this area (having grown up here) where he has been farming on the Goede Trouw Farm out on the Wakkerstroom road, since 1985. He farms together with his brother, Gary Day, who is a part-time Anglican Priest.
They farm mainly with timber, crops and beef. Philip is married to Michelle, who is a pharmacist (and his farm assistant!) and they have two sons, Scott and Michael, who are currently studying at Stellenbosch University. Philip would like to thank the NCT member base for the trust and support they have shown in him and says that he will endeavour to live up to their expectations.
He further says: “I realise that in any position like this, one is a servant to the community in which you live.” Congratulations on your election as chairman of the NCT Co-op, Philip! You have done this community proud! We salute you and wish you all the best in the “chair”!