About Mahela Group

Mahela Boerdery (Pty) Limited was established in 1942 by BJ Vorster and is owned by the Vorster family. The name “Mahela” was given to BJ Vorster by the local people and means quick, no nonsense.


The various business interests of Mahela Boerdery are grouped together under the Mahela Group. The group’s board of directors consists of BJ Vorster’s son, James Edward Vorster, his four sons and a non-executive director. Mahela Group owns and rents various farms throughout the districts of Magoebaskloof, Tzaneen, Letsitele, Bandelierskop and Ohrigstad. These farms are utilised to produce citrus, subtropical fruit and for livestock and game.


The biggest percentage of fruit produced on Mahela farms is citrus. These are exported to Europe, Asia, Japan, the Middle-East and Russia under the brands of Makulu Citrus, Mahela Boerdery and Mala-Mala Citrus.


The group employs 700 full-time employees and provides an additional 1 100 non-permanent jobs.


Mahela Group can also boast of having one of only two citrus nurseries in Limpopo accredited with the South African Citrus Improvement Scheme. 


Other business interests of the group include a chartered flight service, shares in Granor Passi (juice company), Houers Koöperatief Beperk (carton manufacturer), Dextrimix (chemical company), an OK Minimart and liquor store, a fuel station and a franchise take-away restaurant.


Mahela Group is involved in the conservation and breeding of game, some of which are owned and marketed as part of a 50% partnership agreement with Laeveld Sitrus in the name of BJ Vorster.  Mahela Group also owns 50% of BJ Blyde which as has mango and citrus interests in Hoedspruit.


Our Values


Quality fruit

From procurement to delivery, we aim to produce fruit that are of the highest quality.


Custodians of nature

We see ourselves as a custodian of nature. We therefore strive towards producing fruit in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner.


Caring for our people

Our workers are important to us. Apart from adhering to South Africa’s labour laws, we go the extra mile to ensure that our employees have opportunities to improve their lives and those of their families.


Uplifting our community

We realise that Mahela Group is part of a greater community. We acknowledge that Mahela Group has a responsibility to contribute to the socio-economic wellbeing of our community.