VLVK 86ste Kongres
18 -20 Augustus 2015
‘n Mens het nie baie woorde nodig om Gretha Wiid mee te beskryf nie. Sy’s reguit en draai nie doekies om nie, sonder om ooit haar hart vir mense en God se Woord prys te gee. Sy is bekend vir haar tong-in-die-kies manier van gesels, asook vir haar diepte en wysheid. Net ‘n kort tydjie in Gretha se geselskap of gehoor, en sy voel soos ‘n vriendin met wie jy jou hele hart kan deel. Sy is altyd sommer nes sy is – gemaklik, plat-op-die-aarde en sonder geite!
Gretha het reeds 6 boeke op haar kerfstok as skrywer, asook ‘n wye reeks cd’s en dvd’s. Sy is die aanbieder van die Worthy Women Conference – die grootste vroue-konferensie in Suider-Afrika – wat reeds in sy sewende jaar is. Met honneursgrade in Seksualiteitsopvoeding en Opvoedkundige Sielkunde asook ‘n Honneursgraad in Sotho en Zoeloe, kom Gretha se raad en opinie hoog aangeskryf oor verskeie kulture heen, en word dit gereeld raakgelees in tydskrifte,of gehoor op TV en verskillende radiostasies landwyd.
Sy en haar man, Francois het vier pragtige dogters en woon in Pretoria. As gesin glo hulle onwrikbaar in God en sy Woord, en meet hulle daarmee saam elke opinie en lering aan die finale bron van Waarheid, Jesus Christus.
Ernest Llewellyn Pringle
Ernest was born and bred on the family farm near Bedford, in the Baviaans River Valley. He went to school at St Andrews College in Grahamstown. After serving his one year military service in the SA Defence Force, Ernest opted to go to the University of Natal where obtained his BA degree with majors in Economics and Latin. Ernest decided to further his studies by doing a LLB degree at the University of Cape Town. Ernest did his two years of Articles at Pagdens in Port Elizabeth, during which he wrote and passed the Attorneys Admission Exams, and was admitted as an Attorney in 1983.
After this, he commenced farming on the family farm, though still functions as a professional assistant to the legal firm of a friend.
Ernest has had a lifelong interest in natural history, which he inherited from his father. He has specialised in insects, and has written a book on them, and also discovered and scientifically described many species new to science. He initiated and helped run the successful campaign to save the Brenton Blue butterfly from extinction, and is still active in invertebrate conservation.
Ernest’s passion to get involved in organised agriculture started in 2005, when he was elected as General Council Member. Ernest was elected to the Management Committee in 2006, and, also took over chairmanship of Land Reform Committee.
Ernest was elected as Deputy President in 2007, and then in 2010 as the President of Agri Eastern Cape. After careful deliberation Ernest decided to step down as President, at the annual Agri EC Congress, which was held on 05 & 06 August 2015.
Ernest was elected as Chairman of Agri South Africa’s Policy Committee, the Agriculture Development Committee in February 2015, and in this way he will continue to serve organised agriculture, on National level.