Creating Connections over 20 Years

We are committed to driving progress and shaping a future filled with opportunities.

The Star South Academy.

We are passionate about developing young people and opening doors to exciting career possibilities.
This is why the Star South Academy was launched.

Many young people have the potential to thrive in our industry, but not the opportunity – so we started the Star South Academy to offer ambitious and hardworking young people the chance to develop their skills, get valuable work experience and, in certain programmes, even gain qualifications. Below, you’ll find all the relevant details about the programmes and the requirements for prospective learners.

Available programmes

We offer three types of 12-month programmes, each with specific requirements outlined below.

  • Grade 12 matriculants between the ages of 18 and 21
  • Those wanting to pursue a career in supply chain, general management or finance
  • Learners attend class while also working at Star South, where they rotate through various business divisions to experience different job roles
  • Class assignments are completed after hours
  • A qualification: Star South sponsors the studies (provided they’re completed)
  • A monthly stipend
  • Valuable work experience with a reputable company
  • Consideration for permanent employment (for top achievers)
  • Undergraduates between the ages of 18 and 24
  • TVET college-enrolled learners pursuing a qualification relevant to Star South’s business activities (refer to the list under GENERAL REQUIREMENTS)
  • Valuable on-the-job experience needed to complete your qualification
  • A monthly stipend
  • Consideration for permanent employment (for top achievers)
  • Graduates between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Graduates with a degree relevant to Star South’s business activities (refer to the list under GENERAL REQUIREMENTS)
  • Valuable work experience with a reputable company to kickstart your career
  • A monthly stipend
  • Consideration for permanent employment (for top achievers)

In addition to all programme-specific requirements listed above, all applicants must also:

  • Hold a National Senior Certificate
  • Be fluent in English and Afrikaans
  • Have access to reliable transport
  • Be interested in – or currently pursuing – careers in one of the following:
  • Logistics
  • Finance
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Procurement
  • General Administration
  • Human Resources

We are looking for more than a skillset. It is very important to us to find the right type of person therefore applicants must be:

  • Resilient
  • Committed
  • Hardworking
  • Ambitious
  • Intelligent
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Hands-on and practical
  • Self-disciplined
  • Excellent in their communication and interpersonal skills
If you meet the relevant requirements and are keen for a challenge, please apply to with the following documents:
  • The most recent version of your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Certified copy of National Senior Certificate
  • Where relevant, a certified copy of your qualification or proof of college enrolment
  • Cover letter stating the programme you’re applying for, explaining why you should be considered
There are limited places available for each programme, and candidates will undergo an in-depth screening process, in search of the best-suited individual. If you have not received any feedback within two weeks of applying, please consider your application unsuccessful.


We serve four key groups across the diverse sector of fresh produce:

Fruit producers and retailers, both within South Africa and abroad. It’s a world of good produce, good people and good prices. An extensive, vast world which we navigate via committed one-on-one relationships, to offer personalised service and tailored solutions/shipments.

How can we help you?

Partner with us as we navigate the landscape together.

Danèl van Deventer

Commercial Manager

Trust between client and company is everything.”

Danél started out in the industry in 2010 and has been working her way up ever since. She began in logistics and now serves as a commercial manager, drawing from her in-depth understanding of the cost chain. Danél is passionate about figs and has been dedicated to the export of almost 70% of the South African fig offering for the past seven years.

Department: Management & Support
Market: Far East, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Middle East
Produce: Figs

“We are in no other business than the people business.”

Jaco is a born entrepreneur and has been trading fruit since the age of 12 when he started his first business. He has experience in all major business areas, including farming, handling, transport, logistics, IT, marketing operations, finance, management, international and domestic affairs. He is fluent in French and also has basic Spanish language skills.