Who we are

Our management team has accumulated decades of experience in supply chain management in Africa. Each member of the team brings a different skillset to the company, which allows us to nimbly navigate markets of ever-increasing complexity.

Gert Kotze

Gert is the Managing Director of the Alto Vida Group and he has 15 years’ experience in the fresh produce industry – specifically in spheres of marketing and trading. He established all of Alto Vida’s African operations, and built a produce marketing and logistics business in South Africa that handled 14 000 tons of potatoes a year. He has forged strong relationships with major retailers in all of the countries which Alto Vida operates in.

John Kotze

John worked in construction and engineering for seven years, including two years on major construction projects in the UK. He has used this knowledge and experience to develop fresh produce warehouses and distribution centres throughout Africa. He is a refrigeration, warehousing and materials handling specialist who also has great knowledge of African hardwoods and the timber trade.

Robert Meintjes

Robert is a CIMA qualified Management Accountant who cut his teeth as an operations manager for an import and distribution company in Cameroon. He started working in Angola in 2011 with frozen fish, meat and fresh produce and still spends most of his time in Angola. He is a specialist in financial planning and business financing and he has an extensive understanding of the fiscal regulations in West Africa.

Tobias Basson

Tobias is the owner of Namakwaland Sitrus in South Africa and HighGrow Agri Ltd. in Uganda. He fulfils an advisory role to Alto Vida on all agricultural projects. One of his trademarks is investing heavily in the community and he has pioneered many social upliftment projects. Namakwaland Sitrus is one of the leading producers of citrus, potatoes, squashes, pumpkins and sweet potatoes in the Western Cape.