Passion is the spark that ignites the fire within.

RussellStone Group is passionate about building world-class companies.

We build our company from the ground up - and our pillars are our strongest virtue

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ABOUT RUSSELLSTONE GROUP

About RussellStone Group

20 YEARS     50+ COMPANIES     1600+ EMPLOYEES     6 COUNTRIES

The RussellStone Group (RSG), founded in 2003, is a privately-owned investment house with a strong passion for developing world-class companies.

The Group’s main focus centres on investing in and managing assets across diverse industries. Today, the RussellStone Group has a significant presence mainly in the agricultural, financial, and trading industries across six different countries.

Our business portfolio consists of the following:

Grainvest ‚Äď Commodity trading and agricultural group.

Dynamic trading in a volatile commodity market, trading maize, soya beans, sunflower seeds, soya bean meal, among other commodities.

RussellStone Financial Services ‚Äď Treasury risk management and trade finance solutions.

Specialised foreign exchange dealings, risk management, money market, and trade finance solutions..

RussellStone Energy ‚Äď Renewable energy solutions for manufacturing companies.

Specialised environmental and social governance, financial development for industrial and agricultural energy solutions, as well as carbon credit project development.

RussellStone Properties ‚Äď Portfolio of properties that collectively offer unique locations and experiences across agricultural, industrial and tourism assets

Professional hospitality management offering sustainable, customised solutions from the Garden Route and Klein Karoo in the Western Cape to Potchefstroom in the North West.

RussellStone Investment Partners ‚Äď Private equity in international agricultural assets.

Specialised in longevity-focused investment assets, spanning international markets from the USA to Australia.

At the heart of our vision, the RussellStone Group aims to establish a legacy that endures for a century by addressing the daily challenges of our clients, exceeding their expectations, and shaping the next generation. We execute our mission with uninhibited passion and uncompromising integrity.

our why
OUR WHY

Build a business that’ll change the world.

Where all stakeholders win, from employees, suppliers and shareholders to civil society.

In driving new and sustainable opportunities through our values of passion, service and integrity, we aim to build a group which will last for a century and longer, promoting development locally and internationally and influencing present and future generations of leaders.

who we are
WHO WE ARE
God doesn’t necessarily give us the partner we want but rather the partner we need.
Vincent Sequeira
Show me how you will measure me and I’ll show you how I will perform.
Hannes Jansen
Leaders need to make sacrifices. The biggest of them all - is the risk to be wrong.
Vito Rugani
You made a mistake, now go on and fix it.
Cor van Zyl
I’m such a selfish capitalist that I give you what you want so that I can get what I want! It’s about the freedom to choose.
Russell du Preez, Founder of RussellStone Group
Tell me your problem, but more important what you plan to do about it.
Francis Bento
We’re not creatures of circumstances, we are creators of circumstances
Benajmin Disraeli
We will tolerate when you lose money, but if you break our reputation, we will be ruthless.
Unknown
Merge your talent with your problems, that will give you purpose.
Alan Platt

Harvesting hope, feeding dreams: Purpose-driven investing.

Priority is given to investments where we can play an active role in driving value.

Our services surpass those of a private equity partner. We bring skills, experience and solid commercial networks to the fore, enabling our investments to thrive, rather than merely survive. We believe in partnerships and prefer to co-invest. All partnerships are structured to create win-win situations for all stakeholders. We actively manage assets under our portfolio. This gives us the edge in developing highly competitive agri-businesses.

WHERE WE WORK
WHERE WE WORK

South Africa

  • Grainvest Group
  • Grainvest Physical
  • Grainvest Livestock Traders
  • Grainvest Industrial
  • Danbred
  • Southern Hemisphere Seeds
  • Brockwell SA Cotton
  • RussellStone Financial Services
  • RussellStone Treasury
  • RSI
  • RussellStone Voyage
  • Dalevest
  • RussellStone Foods
  • Willow Creek Olive Estate
  • Rica Meats
  • Grainvest Livestock Farms
  • Pretoria Primal Traders
  • Stonecreek Meat
  • Creekside Farm
  • Pyramid Piggeries
  • Seemann's
  • Stoneford Abbatoir
  • Veritas Brands
  • Energy
  • HolmStone
  • RussellStone Technologies
  • Properties
  • Sable House
  • Stone House
  • Potchefstroom Offices
  • Feather Hill
  • Portland Manor
  • Westford
  • Jubillee Stone
  • Pyramid Agri-Hub
  • Next To
  • RussellStone Investment Partners
  • Goulding RussellStone
  • DonnyBrook Poultry
  • Kalahari Molopo Farms

Argentina

  • Southern Hemisphere Seeds

Australia

  • Donnybrook Poultry
  • Kalahari Molopo Farms

USA

  • Goulding RussellStone

Zimbabwe

  • United Refineries Limited

Mauritius

  • RussellStone Investment Partners

Netherlands

  • RussellStone Investment BV

Grainvest Group

We capture upstream margins starting with companies in genetics and primary farming, the seeds from which all other agriculture follows.

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Grainvest Group

Our aim is to capture margins in every link of the agricultural value chain ‚Äď starting with companies in genetics and primary farming, the seeds from which all other agriculture follows. We provide them with capital and expertise¬†and then manage them as part of our investment portfolio.

Pillar Heads

jaco van der westhuizen
Jaco van der Westhuizen

Jaco van der Westhuizen is the Managing Director of the Pretoria branch of the Grainvest Group. He started his career in the agricultural sector in 2003 at the RussellStone Group as an Agricultural Trader and has since grown to become the trading manager over our entire agricultural supply chain. Jaco is a specialist in the grain and oilseed trading environment, and agricultural value chain integration.

de villiers kroon
De Villiers Kroon

De Villiers is the Managing Director of Grainvest Physicals, the grain trading division of RussellStone Group. He holds a BCom Economics (Hons) degree with a background in BCom Money and Banking. He has been with RussellStone since 2003 where he started as an Agricultural Trader. De Villiers specialises in trading and the management of the grain groups divisions and he is an expert Agricultural trader.

COMPANIES

RussellStone Financial Services

Drawing on our years of experience and expertise, we‚Äôve established companies able to foresee ‚Äď and mitigate ‚Äď the risks involved with volatile commodity markets.

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RussellStone Financial Services

RussellStone Group is far more than just a company trading in commodities. Drawing on our years of experience and expertise, we‚Äôve established companies able to foresee ‚Äď and mitigate ‚Äď the risks involved with volatile commodity markets.

Pillar Head

johan coetzee
Johan Coetzee

I am the MD of Russellstone Treasury and have been part of the Group since 2009, leading a team of dynamic professionals in the financial services market.
The team specializes in Foreign exchange dealings, Risk Management, Money Market and Finance. I believe that we must give our clients solutions to have a right to exist in this market.
A Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) focused on Economics from the University of Pretoria gave me the steppingstone to start thinking out of the box and start applying my mind towards driving solutions.
I am passionate about family and a sports fanatic. I love a good challenge, be it mountain biking, trail running, or multiple disciplined sports.

COMPANIES

RussellStone Foods

With a number of agro-processing and consumer goods manufacturers under our portfolio, RussellStone Group is aiming to become market-leading distributors of world-class products.

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RussellStone Foods

With a number of agro-processing and consumer goods manufacturers under our portfolio, RussellStone Group has positioned itself as an established player in value-added agro-production. From this solid position, we’re able to capture both midstream and downstream margins, as we progress towards our next aim: becoming market-leading distributors of world-class products.

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prieur du plessis
Prieur Du Plessis

My RussellStone Foods journey started in 2014 as a perishable commodity trader. Since 2017 Rica Meats and the food value chains became my focus as part of the RussellStone Foods pillar. I am supported by a highly skilled, specialised and entrepreneurial team who strives to deliver ever-increasing value through every division of the protein and health value chains. I have a passion for business in Africa and the upliftment effect thereof, the opportunities in this market excite me and it is a personal and pillar goal to provide value-for-money, sustainable, and healthy food solutions to more of the market.
On a personal level I am a husband, father and when time allows a passionate weekend warrior riding off road motorcycles.

COMPANIES

Energy

RussellStone believes in developing eco-friendly and sustainable technology. We aim to find better, longer-lasting resource-friendly methods of producing energy and technological infrastructure.

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Energy

 

RussellStone Group is delving into a world-changing venture

with sights on sustainable energy practices and development.

We are aiming to provide the world with newer and better technologies for all to use.

Sustainable energy production and technological infrastructure are a global effort,  and we are ensuring

that we do our part.

Pillar Head

henning holm
Henning Holm

My extensive experience in the development world leads to a people-driven approach in community participation projects. My expertise and mission lies in organising these processes and finding appropriate solutions, as the innovation leader of the HolmStone group within the Energy Pillar of the RussellStone Group. My specific focus lies with multi-stakeholder relationships, technical integrity and design, as well as spearheading known and now newly tractional needs for heterogeneity within the industrial energy needs, including heterogeneity in ecological resilience, and multi-success of stakeholders.

COMPANIES

Properties

We set strong foundations and build upon them - picturesque and idyllic locations that are made to enjoy. RussellStone Group scours the land for gems and bring them to their full potential.

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Properties

At RusellStone Group we invest in beautiful properties in multiple locations, where we can see and unearth their full potential.
An expanding venture, where we plant the seeds so that others may enjoy them as they bloom. 

Pillar Heads

russell du preez
Russell Du Preez

Russell du Preez is the founder and Chief Investment Officer of the RussellStone Group. He holds a BCom Economics (Hons) (University of Pretoria) and recently earned his master’s degree from University of Pretoria in Agricultural Economics. The active role he has played in the agricultural sector over the past 30 years has allowed him to build up a rich network of people and businesses, as well as invaluable experience within the industry. The industries in which he specialises include grain and oilseed trading, imports/exports and fund management. He is a well-rounded entrepreneur with a passion for promoting the fundamental importance of title in an economy.

de villiers kroon
De Villiers Kroon

De Villiers is the Managing Director of Grainvest Physicals, the grain trading division of RussellStone Group. He holds a BCom Economics (Hons) degree with a background in BCom Money and Banking. He has been with RussellStone since 2003 where he started as an Agricultural Trader. De Villiers specialises in trading and the management of the grain groups divisions and he is an expert Agricultural trader.

Industrial Properties

Farms

Hospitality

Commercial

RussellStone Investment Partners

Becoming one and the same - our investments breach the shores of others and unite us all.

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RussellStone Investment Partners

We have reached out and grabbed the hands of partners from other continents –

believing that we are all stronger together. International partners mean a stronger 

understanding of international matters. We behold opportunities with various companies

to grow further into many new worlds and prosper there. 

COMPANIES

Lessons Learnt

Soms moet jy nog leer wat ander al vergeet het.

Valuable teachings we believe will stand the test of time.

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Lessons Learnt & What We Know

Certain situations have earned a space in our minds forever. 

It has been a helping hand to future generations and will be valuable to us

for all generations going forward.

lessons learnt
Lessons Learnt

Be sure to never lose - either win or learn. Every situation has the potential to teach.

The beauty of the ‘and’, and the tyranny of the ‘or’ – sometimes pursuing both options is better than only following one.

To help future leaders not make the same mistakes with financial implications.

Partnerships can be a sinking ship, and many people avoid partnerships because they got hurt. But can’t see the benefit that partnership can unlock value and success.

Try to avoid legal action at all costs.

Openness ‚Äď do not have fixed ideas before you start. Except for the moral code that developed over thousands of years, i.e: Christianity

Embrace investors ‚Äď they might be a pain in the short term but a blessing in the long term. Make sure the investor has more capital than you. Through running farms – we‚Äôve learnt the lessons of the impact of inflation differentials and how it can benefit you in the investment environment i.e: Cow prices were R60 in 1968, and in 2022 for the same type of cow it‚Äôs R18 000 per cow.

Running factories ‚Äď gave us insight into how to run people and motivate them in a continuous manner.

Where there‚Äôs smoke, there is fire ‚Äď Don‚Äôt accept excuses for bad behaviour, concentrate on the locus of control and avoid people with too many external loci of control.¬† Usually, the common denominator in external excuses is the person responsible for the excuses.

Don‚Äôt ignore the smoke ‚Äď get out sooner than later. Get out of bad relationships and investments.

“Napoleon wants a lucky general” – An Employer doesn’t want someone who blames their own misfortune on others.

Don’t make excuses.

Integration of industries gives you a natural edge.

There are no superhumans ‚Äď we are all human after all.

Emotions of people should be used for the timing of transactions.

what we know
What We Know

When a situation becomes repetitive - we accept it as irrefutable knowledge.

Inflation is an inevitable part of our existence, and nobody understands it, for there is no single definition for it. The tendency for issuing entities to over-issue currency has been evident throughout history, leading to the devaluation of currencies. The tendency of devaluing currency has been evident throughout history ‚Äď leading to inflation.

The cost of risk, as represented by interest rates, tends to increase as the level of risk increases.

With a growing global population, the trend is unlikely to slow down in the next decade or two. But the age distribution might have a huge impact. Also where the population growth will be, will impact the economic growth. We know that Africa will be the youngest will be the youngest population in the world, in the next 20 years.

We know that governments will always try to increase tax rates. Governments have a history of implementing tax policies that benefit themselves rather than the general population.

People tend to have short-term memories of events.

Trust is capital. People’s emotions often play a role in their decision-making, and having trust in a business or individual can be equivalent to having capital.

¬†The principle of “treat others as you would like to be treated” is considered a successful strategy in business.

Time is a valuable commodity that can never be recovered once lost.

Human nature ‚Äď people are obsessed with themselves and therefore we live in a self-centered society.

It’s important to understand the distinction between profit and profitability, recognizing that short-term gains may not always lead to long-term success.

It’s a reality that we all have a limited lifespan, and our actions should reflect a sense of urgency to make the most of the time we have.