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SAFI BOARD

JONATHAN VAN ROOYEN
NUFAWSA KZN

NICO BADENHORST
FBUMA Gauteng

JOHANN CLAASEN
CFMA Western Cape

GREG BOULLE
ABA Rural KZN

PETER GREY
CFMA Western Cape

STEPHANIE FORBES
Kitchen Specialists Assoc

MOHAMMED HANSA
FBUMA Gauteng

WALTER DYERS
NUFAWSA WC Western Cape

JUSTIN BERRY
CFMA Western Cape

PENWELL LUNGA
Chairman Raw Material Gauteng

EDUCATED NKOSI
CEPPWAWU Gauteng

SHUMAIZ HASHIM-ACHARATH PARAKKAT MAHA
KZNFMA KZNFMA

MICHAEL BORCHERDS
SAFI

STEPHAN NIEUWOUDT
Retail

MORNE SMITH
GREA Western Cape

PHINEAS NTIMANE
NUFAWSA- GAUTENG

SAFI ANNUAL REPORTS

2023 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

IN MEMORIAM

VICTOR ABRAHAMS

MAX FREHSE

DAVE COMMONS

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of three of our Board members who passed away in 2023.

Victor Abrahams was the Branch Secretary of the Gauteng region of the National Union of Furniture and Allied Workers of South Africa (NUFAWSA) and a valued member of the SAFI Board of Directors (BoD) for many years. Victor will be remembered as a fun person who always had a humorous story or anecdote to share.

According to fellow BoD member and NUFAWSA colleague, Walter Dyers, people wanted to be in his company because of his upbeat personality. “I was shocked to learn of his passing as I spoke to him a few days before and he was in high spirits even though he was receiving treatment for cancer,” Dyers said. “He was held in high esteem by all and will be sorely missed.”

Dave Commons was a recent appointee to the SAFI Board of Directors (BoD) but he has been collaborating with and supporting SAFI for many years. As the former MD of Grafton Everest, he had more than 40 years’ experience in the furniture industry. For the past 20 years, Dave was the Founder and Chairperson of Trendi Holdings, home to Atlantic Cape, Earthline, Brooklands, and LIV Republic.

According to Greg Boulle, Vice Chairman of SAFI, Dave was a visionary who loved to see his business grow and how it provided more job opportunities. “It was part of his DNA, which he emphasised when he recently told members of the SAFI BoD in a meeting how he opened his own trendy business in 2003 and how he, with hard work and keeping to the vision, grew it into the business it is today. He will be deeply missed as we lost a true friend of the Furniture Industry,” Boulle concluded.

Max Frehse was a valued member of the SAFI Board of Directors (BoD) and served as Chairperson of the SAFI Office, Chair and School Furniture Chamber. With more than 52 years’ experience in the furniture industry Max was recognised as an expert across the African Continent and played an invaluable part in the success of Reboni Furniture Factory (where he was the Chairperson).

According to Byron Donaldson, MD of Reboni, the vision, dedication and support from Max has played a crucial role in shaping its growth and success. “We want to assure everyone that we are committed to maintaining Max’s legacy that he has built over the years. Our team is fully dedicated to upholding the values and principles he held dear, and we will continue to work tirelessly to fulfil that commitment,” Byron said

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