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Rob Stodel


Born 30-06-1941 in Amsterdam Netherlands

Rob Stodel studied horticulture in Alsmeer Horticultural College, Holland and in South Africa for five years.

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O: 0219191108

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Business Address

80 Eversdal Rd, Cape Town, South Africa, 7550

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Current Position(s)

Managing Director | Leopont (Pty) Ltd
Cape Town, South Africa | 1998 - present

Property and Real Estate

Managing Director | Robert Stodel Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
Cape Town, South Africa | 1995 - present

Property and Real Estate

Managing Director | Fresco Farms (Pty) Ltd
Cape Town, South Africa | 1973 - present

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Managing Director | Hyacinth Properties (Pty) Ltd
Cape Town, South Africa | 1962 - present

Property and Real Estate



Executive member of the Fairest Cape | 1999

Stodel was made an honorary Forester and was invited to be a Board Member of the National Botanical Institute | 1983

A gold medal from the South African Nurseryman’s Association for contribution to the Horticultural retail industry. | 2000

Round Table of South Africa’s certification of appreciation for invaluable contribution to the community. | 1999

Peninsula Technician Award for participation in the Co-operative Education Programme. | 1997

The Organ Donor Foundation for invaluable contribution to promotion of organ donation and transplantation. | 1997

Mayor of Tygerberg's award for Best Business Gardens | 1996

Mayor Bellville’s Award for beautifying the city. | 1997

An award from the Fairest Cape Association for Meritorious Service on the Board of Directors | 1995

The Mayor’s award for promoting the environment through Arbor Day | 2004

Stodels was given the prestigious Conserva Award from the Department of Environment for business which have made a great | 1993

Being acknowledged by the Stellenbosch and Cape Town Universities for his lectures to schools of entrepreneurs. | 1990

The Mayors Award for assisting with improving the urban landscape in the city of Cape town and the Western Cape | 2000

The Mayors Award for the training and education of young conservationists | 2000

The Mayors Award for projects that encompass the conservation of natural areas | 2000

An award of excellence from the Fairest Cape | 1989

The Mayor of the City of Cape Town Award for the conservation of natural areas | 1987

The Fairest Cape Foundation award | 1986

Stodels Rose named after Robert Stodel for his contribution to the industry. | 2004

In 1998 the prestigious South African Nurserymen’s Association Gold Medal Award for meritorious service to Horticulture in South | 1998

Second place for the finest nursery in South Africa. | 1995

In 1993 and 1994 achieved second and third place in the Green Ribbon Award for the finest nurseries in South Africa | 1994

The Argus Business Personality Award for outstanding success in a business - the first nurserymen ever to receive this accolade. | 1993

The Green Ribbon Award for the best nursery in South Africa | 1992

Founder and Chairman for 15 years of the Direct Sales’ Association | 1995

Merit Conservation Award to a Business making a substantial contribution to greening the environ - Department of Environ | 2005

W Cape Marketer of the Year Award for excellence in Marketing - IMM | 2003

President’s Award from the National Nurserymen’s Association for his contribution to the industry | 2012

media exposure

Extensive media exposure | 2012

Extensive media exposure for both business achievements and greening of the environment resulting in Robert Stodel being the first nurseryman in South Africa to receive Marketer of the Year - an award of Excellence in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing Management



Board of Directors: Fairest Cape Assoc

Honorary Board Member, 1996 - 2005

National Botanical Institute

Board Member, 2004 - 2007

Fairest Cape Assoc

Executive Committee Member, 1996 - 2005

SA Ornamental Nurser's Association

Executive Committee Member, 2000 - 2004

SA Nurseryman's Association (SANA)

Executive Committee Member, 2002 - 2004

SA Mail Order Association

Executive Committee Member, 1977 - 1990

SA Forestry Association

Honorary Forester, 1981 - 1985


Prof Kader Asmal Minister of Department of Water Affairs and Forestry

"Your Arbor day celebration went off superbly. I would like to offer you a special word of thanks for having contributed so substantially to this momentous day. Stodels and its staff were magnificent. It was truly and enjoyable and dignified occasion which gave depth and a new perspective to Arbor Day celebrations." - 1995

The Office of the Executive Deputy President FW de Klerk

"The ‘Trees for Peace’ Ceremony was held on the Grand Parade in Cape Town It was a truly a memorable occasion. ‘I thank Stodels for their involvement in contributing towards peace and greening of the environment." - 1994

Gert Kotze - Minister of Enviroment

"I feel this is what we understand by the expression ‘Putting your money where your mouth is. If we harness the type of response we got from Stodels Nurseries on a country wide basis
from the private sector, the media and the public I truly believe we will then be able to achieve a greening of South Africa
" - 1993

Gordon Oliver - Mayor of Cape Town

"‘I believe it is true to say that there are few businessmen who can match the personal contribution of Mr Stodel to the environment. His commitment stems from a long-standing and burning passion for all matters related to the natural environment. He is a man of modesty and great generosity.’" - 1993

Nelson Mandela

"Thank you very much for the beautiful Yellowwood tree you sent me on Arbor Day. I will certainly find a special place in my garden and look forward to watching it grow. I wish to commend your efforts to promote awareness of trees in the environment." - 1994

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