"Take us up on our word" - Senwes Grainlink Standerton

Your next question: Senwes in Mpumalanga? Yes, almost on the banks of the Vaal River in this area. To be exact, the branch is situated at 6A Church Street in Standerton. Neil and his assistant, Jolien Engelbrecht, work here - she handles the administration and grain marketing controls relating to the producers. 


Their aim is to start and grow a grain book in Standerton. They are currently focusing on the area within a 100km radius around Standerton. Neil is introducing himself and Senwes in the area at present. He says: “People here already know about Senwes.” The aim of Senwes and Neil, who are new in the area, is to render excellent service to all, from small to large producers, and he will act as the link between Senwes and the producer. 

He is here for the long run as he "becomes part of the community, and wants to do good, decent and transparent business." He also has to service the Tradevantage/ Meadows contract. What makes him different from most advisors is that he is really interested in his customers and as he gets to know them better, he tells them about the services offered by Senwes. He invites customers: "Take us up on our word and have a cup of coffee with us.” 


Neil is a man with his roots firmly planted in the Free State. He lived in Vierfontein, before they moved to Riebeeckstad. He matriculated from Hoërskool Riebeeckstad in 1997. 

Neil has a B.Com Economics (Money and Banking) degree and he has been trading grain for the past 16 years. His wife Chanelle and their children Handré (7) and Kiané (5), will be joining him in Standerton at the end of 2018. 

Neil's assistant Jolien also grew up on a farm in the Theunissen/Winburg district, named Jeppe. She was born in Bothaville and grew up in Theunissen. She worked at Beatrix Mine as an office assistant and later as a teller at Teba. Jolien joined Senwes Grainlink on a permanent basis in February, after she worked as temporary relief clerk at the Parys branch. She has two daughters, Dalene (34) and Madelein (23), as well as a son Steven (32).