• Wenkem Company Profile


    Wenkem Company Profile

Company Background

Wenkem Building

On 1 August 1988 the company Wenkem SA was founded by a group of well-known people in the chemical industry, including executive chairman at the time, Mr Willem van der Merwe. The company’s aim was to provide unlimited opportunities for the farmer, entrepreneur and businessman. At that point Wenkem was the sole distributor of a range of Crop Protection products with its own identity in exclusive areas.

After 25 years, Wenkem is still privileged to have a leadership position in the market in the distribution of a full range of Crop Protection products in South Africa and some neighbouring countries. At that time the company started with only nine founding members and during the past 25 years has grown to more than 100 agricultural chemical agents who respectively operate from ±73 depots in all nine provinces.

Quality crop protection products from the suppliers was and still is the basis for continued growth of the company, particularly with regard to personal interaction between the customer, agent, product supplier and Wenkem team.

Therefore the company values the importance of every role player at the highest level, because that is the reason for Wenkem’s progress and success to date.

Wenkem’s Vision

To be the leading supplier of high quality and value adding crop protection solutions (i.e. crop protection products plus supporting services) to the farming fraternity in Southern Africa through a dedicated network of suppliers and associated sales agents.

Company Structure

  • Lex Visser, our Managing Director and also the Regional Director in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and parts of the Northern Cape, who’s been with the company since 1990.
  • Paul du Toit, our National Financial Director since 1999.
  • Johan Hyman, our National Commercial Director, who joined the company January 2015 and in January 2017 became the National Commercial Director.
  • Peter Zeier, our National Technical Director, who’s been with the company since September, 2010.
  • Johan Labuschagne, Regional Manager in the North. Joined the Wenkem family in December, 1988.
  • Hardus Jansen van Vuuren, our Technical Marketer in the Western Cape area since March, 2012.
  • Olivier Slabbert, our Regional Manager in Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West and the Northern Cape, who’s been with the company since January 2013.

Lex Visser - Managing Director / Regional Director - South
Lex Visser

Managing Director / Regional Director - South

  • Hardus Jansen van Vuuren

    Technical Sales Support -

Johan Hyman

National Commercial Director

  • Olivier Slabbert

    Regional Manager

  • Johan Labuschagne

    Regional Manager

Peter Zeier

National Technical Director

Paul du Toit

National Financial Director

  • Administrative & Financial Staff

    23 employees

Supporting Staff

Administrative Clerk

Thespinn de Klerk


Marele Lubbe

Credit Controller

Ellen Muller

Creditors Clerk

Sarah Noppe

Creditors Clerk

Lizelle Hanekom

Financial Accountant

Nicolaas Smith

Debtor Clerk

Denise Booyens


Leanie Fourie

Regional Buyers

Christa Holtzhausen – KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Swaziland

Marie van Wyk – Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape

Karel Schutte – Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape

Stock and System controllers

Jana Maree – Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape

Theresa Koen - Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape

Transito Depot Administrators

Hannes Venter and Lydia Klopper - Clayville

Annelize Terblanche – Letsitele

Magda Hamann - Lichtenburg

Magda Coetzee - Paarl

Marinda Lombaard - Port Elizabeth

What makes us different

  • A National distribution network of more than 100 qualified sales representatives operating out of ±73 depots countrywide
  • Strong relationships with well-established suppliers.
  • Visionary team and strong management.
  • A personal relationship with our customers.
  • A competitive product range.
  • Supporting and on-time delivery service.
  • Years of expertise and well established.
  • Knowledge and experience.
  • Loyal and committed staff.
Our customers are the Farmer, the Entrepreneur, the Businessman - the major food supplier for everyone.