Jenni Gillies

Jenni Gillies - Chairman

Route24 Chairman, Jenni GilliesI grew up in the Maanhaarrand area, where my parents were weekend farmers from 1966 until they sold in 1998. It was on this farm that my first husband and I found our oldest child who was abandoned at just 6 months old. I have 3 adult children and no grandchildren which I am waiting for with less and less patience.

I retained 5 hectares of the original farm on which Dave my second husband and I got married. Wanting to create an alternative life to corporate, Dave and I bought a much larger farm in 2006 and we moved permanently to the farm in 2013, with me running the farm and Phefumula Country Retreat, while Dave works as a Commissioner in the CCMA.
I have a long history in the restaurant business as in the 1990’s our family owned and ran Giles Restaurant in Parktown North. We took the decision to sell the business in mid-2018, fortunately before the COVID pandemic started.

Prior to 2013 I was the Group Head of HIV and Aids for SAB Miller plc for 18 years, responsible for developing and guiding global policy and strategy. I worked in countries such as India, Russia, several countries in Central and South America and 20 countries in Africa. Through sponsorship from SAB Miller and working with a local NGO, we also implemented a comprehensive development programme at Masakhane, a settlement near Doornhoek in the Magaliesburg area, over a 4 year period.

Running the farm and Phefumula Country Retreat keeps me busy, however not too busy to promote tourism in our area. I am responsible for the tourism portfolio for the Magaliesburg Landowners Forum, as well as the Chairperson for Route 24.

 

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