Where we come from
Dr Hans Merensky, born on 16 March 1871, was a famous prospector and geologist, humanitarian, devotee of nature, afforestation and agriculture, and a visionary of his time. He died on 21 October 1952.
In a brilliant career of close on 50 years of active field work, Dr Merensky achieved an international reputation as an outstanding analytical geologist. His major discoveries of platinum, diamonds, chrome, gold and phosphate ores will long be remembered, and his conservation work left a legacy for today’s generations to appreciate.
By establishing a Trust in 1949, Dr Merensky hoped to combine the two things dearest to him: first, the assured perpetuation of his work on Westfalia Estate’s agricultural, horticultural and forestry resources, so that the great strides he had made with water and soil conservation, the reclaiming and revitalisation of the soil, and the welfare of his staff, could be continued.
Second, South Africans as a whole had to benefit from the activities of the Trust, which in 1973 became the Hans Merensky Foundation.
About the Hans Merensky Foundation
The Foundation was also to provide bursaries for the education and training of students, and grants and loans to individuals or institutions to carry out research in fields ranging from agriculture and forestry, through animal husbandry, medicine, mining and engineering, to industrial chemistry and general industry. This was to be the heart of the Foundation – an instruction that the Trustees have carried out ever since.
About Hans Merensky Holdings
Hans Merensky Holdings (HMH) was established over 68 years ago. Its head office is located in Parktown, South Africa. This vertically-integrated, natural resource-based group conducts its business under the Merensky and Westfalia Fruit brands, representing its respective timber and agribusiness activities.
A privately-held company, its shareholders include:
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