Josef Messmer

Josef (Sepp) Messmer was born and grew up in Bavaria, Germany. He studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Applied Science in Munich. His career started when he joined Nieros in 1979 and in 1998 he started his own company PHT, Partner for Hygiene and Technology with partner, Peter Wauts, in Bad Tölz, south of Munich.  Sepp has more than 40 years’ experience in design, planning and supply of Stainless Steel Hygiene- and Technical equipment into whole food industry, including Meat, Dairy, Beverage, Poultry and Bakery Industries. In 2007 he founded a company in South Africa, PHT Trading International Pty (ltd) trading as PHT-SA. PHT-SA plans and supply hygiene and technology solutions for the South African food industry. In 2010 he opened a PHT office in Austria and in 2012 a joint venture with Heinz-Josef Mollemeier in Bekkum Northern Germany. The latest expansion is into Benelux region in 2018. Sepp still lives with his family on his 500 years old family farm in the beautiful valley of Jachenau in Bavaria. Sepp is married to Andrea and they have 2 girls and 2 boys. He recently became a grandfather. His favorite pastime is playing music and he and Andrea are breeding Tibetan Yaks on their farm.

Deléne Boshoff

Deléne grew up in the Free State on a farm. She finished school in Pietermaritzburg and attained a BSc Agric (Dairy Science), under Professors Lombard and Bester, at the University of Pretoria. She joined both SAAFoST and SASDT as a student in 1980. She worked as Food Technologist in various food and related companies over the past 4 decades in Product development and Technical sales, at companies such as Enterprise Foods, Pick ‘n Pay Food Hall, Freddy Hirsch and Crest Chemicals. In August 2008 she joined PHT-SA, and in 2016 she became a shareholder. PHT-SA has been supplying hygiene, food safety and technology solutions into the food industry in South Africa since 2007 and is today one of the leading companies in its field. PHT-SA head office is based in Hennopspark, Centurion and have 8 employees. Deléne is passionate about the food industry and in particular food safety. She believe that every person has a right to safe food and her vision for PHT-SA is to assist all food companies to create hygiene systems that will enable them to produce safe food. She is married to Heinrich Boshoff and together they have 3 boys, 3 girls and a grandson. Over weekends she a true a farmer’s wife growing geese, chickens, pigs and her own vegetables.

Marna Pretorius

From 2008-2010 Marna achieved her Bsc Consumer Science Degree at North West University with Distinction.  In 2011 she did a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management at the North West Business School. In 2012 Marna took a Gap Year in The Netherlands, and from 2013-2014 she was a Technical Sales Consultant at Tranarc Holdings, mostly active in selling hydrocolloids, creamers & fat powders to the food industry.  In 2015 Marna joined Carbocraft as a sales consultant to actively sell raw ingredients to the food industry. She then had the opportunity to work with processed meat producers through the supply of insoluble cellulose, and she expanded business in supplying transglutaminase and smoking wood chips. Following this she had the opportunity to become a product manager and was recently been promoted to Sales Manager.

Ralph Kohlmeyer

My name is Ralph Kohlmeyer and I am part of the sales team here at Carbocraft (Pty) Ltd. Focussing predominantly on the processed meat industry, smoking products are always a topic of discussion with my potential customers. Although still fairly new to the industry I have made some considerable headway in the selling of woodchips and logs. I currently supply to clients all over South Africa but also to some clients in Zimbabwe.  I believe product quality plays a vital role in how successful one will be in the meat smoking industry and that is why I believe Thomsen – Raucherspane gives me and Carbocraft the edge in this tightly contested industry.  I look forward to seeing you at the masterclass to further discuss what products we can offer.’’




Linda Jackson

Linda has B. Sc. Chemistry (Wits) and an M. Tech – Environmental Health (Food safety) Central University of Technology. She has been involved in management system consulting, training and auditing since the early 1990’s, when ISO 9001 was first implemented in the local  food industry. As Risk Manager at a large manufacturing organisation, she gained exposure to ISO 14001 and underwent SAMTRAC training for occupational health and safety. Linda developed a food safety focus in 2004 when retail food safety audits started. She pioneered formal SAATCA registered training of food safety auditors and was a SAATCA board member. She has held Lead auditor status with SAATCA in food safety and Auditor status for Quality management systems. Linda has provided successful assistance to more than 30 organizations in achieving management system certification in quality and food safety. She has conducted numerous training courses on HACCP, FSSC 22000 and internal auditing.Over the last five years she has expanded her expertise into areas of risk management, corporate governance and sustainability. She is a founding member, and director of Food Focus.

Mike Varpins

Born in Germany in 1964 I started my chemical career in 1980 with Henkel Ecolab in Düsseldorf. Out of the following 34 years, I worked 24 years of it in research, development, project-management, implementation, trouble shooting and sales in the food and beverage hygiene industry. The last 15 years of this time with Ecolab, as technical export sales manager for emerging markets in South America, Near East, Indochina and a strong focus on Africa.  During this time I was also in charge as Corporate Account manager for Castel/BGI, a big player in the beverage industry of Africa. In 2014 I left Ecolab, re-located together with my son to Mauritius and established Hygiene Solutions (Mauritius) Ltd. who has with its 4 employees a clear goal to improve hygiene and drive new innovative cleaning concepts and technologies into this market.  In my free time I enjoy hiking, water sports and the Island life style of Mauritius. 

Jens Wittig

Jens was born and grew up in East Westphalia in Germany. He has more than 12 years expierience in the meat industry. From 2007-2010 he did the apprenticeship as butcher. Until 2013 he worked as butcher in different meat industry factories (e.g. Wiltmann, Stockmeyer, Nölke) as a worker and supervisor in different production departments (raw sausage, raw & cooked ham, scalded sausages). In 2013 he started studying meat engineering in Kulmbach, Germany. In 2015 he passed all courses and became the state certified meat engineer. Since 2015 Jens is working for Schröter Technologie, Germany and is responsible for planning and carrying out testing, as well as providing support during the process – either at Schröter´s technical center or with customer on their own location. Furthermore, Jens Wittig is the right person to talk to regarding technological advice during the project planning stage or with regard to operator training courses for a specific system. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, breeding rabbits and growing vegetables.

Willie Lotter

Proudly born in Namibia and bred in South African, Willie Lotter started his career in the Meat Processing Industry in 1991 at Eskort in the position as an apprentice in Meat Processing & Management.   Due to his passion for the Meat Processing Industry and the Management thereof, he also obtained his MBA at UNISA and gained extensive hands-on experience and knowledge in the Designing, Implementation and Installation of various Meat Processing Equipment and other Food Processing Equipment.  Being in the challenging position as the GM at Eskort Heidelberg and previously GM at Estcourt KZN, Willie still enjoys the daily challenges the Industry provides, like he did 28 years ago.