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The history of the Green Africa Group dates back to 1992 when one of the shipping industry’s most admired and respected figures, Captain JJ Chen, established Green Africa Shipping at the request of the Evergreen Marine Corporation. It was the first in a line of companies that he’d create to service South Africa’s burgeoning import and export market.

After the transition to democracy in 1994, the country became part of the international mainstream, and after years of isolation and sanctions, the economy took off. With it, grew the demand for world-class competencies and services in the areas of shipping and logistics.

From an initial base of two shareholders and 20 employees, the Green Africa Group today employs over 260 permanent staff, with indirect employment estimated at well over the 1 000 mark.

Led by Captain Chen until his untimely passing in 2005, and now in the capable and proven hands of his two sons, George and Timmy, the Green Africa Group is the sum of its parts and its passions. While the organisation is built on the foundations of family legacy and traditional values, entrepreneurial spirit and visionary leadership have shaped it.

The Group, which has added a new company, service or property to its portfolio nearly every year since it started, is carefully planned and structured to provide a range of integrated solutions that cover virtually every aspect of the supply chain – and beyond. Broadening that coverage and adding to the 360º investment company proposition is the task of Group Chief Executive, George Chen, and Group Financial Director, Zain Davids.

Group companies are leaders in their respective sectors.

Green Africa is the holding company for all the entities listed below:
1. Evergreen Agency (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd
2. Green Africa Container Depot > container storage, handling and repairs
3. Dragon Freight > forwarding, clearing and transport
4. Cypress Transport > rail and road transport, plus warehousing and distribution
5. Green Africa International Travel > full service travel agency
6. Lloydafrica > hospitality services
7. Green Africa Properties > commercial and industrial property owners and developers
8. Luxuriance Ornaments > purveyors of imported, luxury, branded gifts
9. Green Africa Asia > trading house