The name “Mahela” was given to Edward Vorster‘s father B.J Vorster by the local people, it means “quick, no non-sense”. Mahela Citrus brand is used as a trademark for the marketing of citrus fruits like Valencia, Star Ruby, Midnight, Turkey Valencia, Delta Valencia, etc., to various countries. Mahela Citrus exports it’s products to countries like Russia, Europe, The United Kingdom, Japan and many more.


Mahela Citrus produces 60,000 tons of fruit per annum. We are the largest producers of Star Ruby in South Africa. Annually, Mahela produces close to 3 million cartons of citrus in the Letsitele and Hoedspruit areas. Every carton of quality produced with citrus are done in accordance to global gap international standards. South Africa is the world’s 2nd largest exporter of Citrus and 14th in the World for Citrus Production.


Together, the Mahela Management team strives to enable, promote and support sustainable farming in South Africa, in order to maintain their leading position in the South African Citrus Farming Industry.

Mahela Citrus is one of the 3 main brands of Mahela Boerdery (PTY) Ltd. Situated in fertile Letsitele Valley in the Mopani district of Limpopo, Mahela Boerdery (PTY) Ltd was started by the late BJ Vorster in 1942 who originally cultivated potatoes, tomatoes and rice, with the first litchi’s planted in 1947. Mahela Boerdery has several brands.. under which it sells its products, Mahela Citrus being one of them..

Mahela Boerdery

Mahela employs over 1100 seasonal workers, with 500 permanently employed at any given time. On going training for their employees, including the use of computers, forms an important part of their vision to provide a better standard of living for all their employees. Some of the profits from the products sold on the international market have been used to build two schools on the farm and the children of workers at other farms in the area also attend classes here. Several creches have been established on the various business units, boasting properly trained personnel. Training, skills development, life skills training and adult literacy classes are among the aspects covered by the farm’s on going education programs initiatives.

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