Making meat in Africa
Meat has been an integral part of culture and tradition since our first human ancestors started enjoying it thousands of years ago. We savour the taste of meat, use it as the basis of social gatherings, and revere it as a rich form of protein. Its current production, however, comes at a great cost...
At Mzansi Meat Co. we're working to bring tasty, healthy meat to your braai’s, potjie's and shisanyama’s by growing it from cells instead of taking it from animals.
This is cultivated meat, and we’re on a mission to transform how we think about food, while continuing to eat what we love.
0% nasty stuff
Why Cultivated Meat?
our high-level process
Meet The Team
Dr. Paul Bartels
Chief Executive Officer
Paul is a skilled wildlife veterinarian with over 30 years of experience, recipient of the Mazda Wildlife Fund top South African conservationist of the decade award, co-author of over 65 scientific papers, past board member and now Africa ambassador for the European, African and Middle-eastern Society for Biobanking and Biopreservation, lauded University lecturer and speaker at many local and international conferences and symposia. Paul was the founder and director of the Wildlife Biological Resource Centre and was involved in developing and banking the first White Rhino induced pluripotent stem cell line in Africa.
Jay Van Der Walt
Chief Operating Officer
Jay holds a Master's in Metaphysical Science and is a certified Business Analyst and Product Owner. He has management experience in the technology space at multinational corporations and remotely at a cultivated fish startup and various other impact companies in the US. Jay has consulted for startups and NPO’s in the Alternative Protein and Impact Investment space focusing on project coordination, community building, research, and web design.
Chief Marketing Officer
Brett studied finance and economics at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. After completing his Honours thesis, Making an Economic Case for Vegetarianism, he went on to work at the Fry Family Food Co., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of plant-based food alternatives. Brett has also held senior positions at Beyond Carnism and ProVeg International, accumulating over ten years of experience in animal advocacy.
Public Relations Officer
Absie is a serial entrepreneur and expert customer liaison. She is the Co-Founder of Fresh Corporation who's group of companies provides next level events and catering services to top-tier companies. In addition, Absie has extensive experience in food service, restaurant ownership and guest logistics in Southern Africa. She also owns a bakery-delicatessen as well as a Kauai franchise.
Dr. Elize Venter
Elize is a driven environmental educationalist with a passion
to combat climate change and promote sustainable
development by making a real difference to the way
land is utilized for food production.
She has extensive experience in professional environmental and higher education innovation.
Tasneem has a Bachelor of Business Science in Management Studies majoring in Accounting and Finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
She has extensive experience in strategy and performance improvements and the ability to analyze large amounts of information, both qualitative and quantitative, drawing out salient points to develop insights and recommend practical solutions.
Tasneem has experience across a variety of industries, with a focus on private equity, mining and telecommunications. She also has a passion for sustainability, particularly as it relates to our food systems and is looking to contribute positively to change in this space.
Lauren is a smart and driven Molecular and Cell Biology scientist keen to disrupt the food system using biotechnology. Lauren holds a first class Honours degree with specialisation in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and an M.Sc in Molecular and Cell Biology with a focus on Protein Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She is skilled in Protein Chemistry, Mammalian Cell Biology, Signal Transduction, Data Analysis and Molecular Oncology.