The History of Mahela Group


Barend (Ben) Jacobus Vorster (31/10/1911 – 08/08/1976), laid the foundation of what was to become Mahela Group in 1942 when he rented his first piece of land, a section of The Junction farm, outside Letsitele in the Mopani district of Limpopo, South Africa.


He initially farmed with vegetables but in 1950 he planted his first citrus tree, paving the way for what was to become one of South Africa’s biggest privately owned citrus exporters.


Ben’s sons, Edward and Pieter, joined him in the 1960’s and together they farmed and expanded the family’s farming operations. Upon Ben’s passing Edward and Pieter continued to build on his legacy.


In 1988 they decided to split the family business between themselves. BJ Vorster Boerdery became Laeveld Sitrus (Pieter) and Mahela Boerdery (Edward).


Today Edward and his four sons, Barend, Pieter, Edward (Jnr) and Francois oversee a diverse grouping of farming interests under the umbrella of Mahela Group.

Ben Vorster planted Mahela’s first orange orchards in 1950.

The Vorster family’s first dwelling on the farm

The Junction, 1942.

The Junction, 1942.

The Vorster family children.

Toekie and Ben Vorster.