SASRI welcomes new Director!
Published: 14th Mar 2024

Outgoing SASRI Director, Dr Terry Stanger, recently welcomed Dr Shadrack Moephuli as the new Director. With a rich history of leadership in agriculture, including a 15-year tenure as President and CEO of the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Dr Moephuli brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

During his time at ARC, Dr Moephuli led initiatives that resulted in significant advancements in animal vaccines, crop cultivars, and technology transfer, benefiting South Africa’s agriculture sector. He also played a key role in establishing ARC as a center of excellence, fostering a culture of competitiveness, sustainability, and collaboration.

Prior to his leadership at ARC, Dr Moephuli held various roles in agricultural organisations and government, focusing on biotechnology, genetic resources, and legislation. He holds a PhD in Environmental and Biochemical causes of Reproductive Failure in Mammals from the University of Connecticut and has conducted post-doctoral research and lectured in biochemistry at universities in South Africa.

Dr Moephuli’s passion for agriculture and commitment to delivering world-class solutions make him well-suited to lead SASRI. His appointment is welcomed, and his strategic contributions are eagerly anticipated in advancing the sugar industry.

Message from Dr Terry Stanger

“As I step into this new chapter of my life, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to the SASRI staff and industry members for the support during my three years at SASRI.

Working alongside such talented and dedicated individuals at SASRI has been an honour and a privilege.

I wish you all well for the future and will follow your achievements with interest.”


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