Has a masters’ degree in mechanical engineering from the North-West University, Potchefstroom.

Within the engineering field his passions are energy management, renewable energy and

engineering economics.

When time allows he is involved and attends to the activities required on the family farming

working with his dad Dr Philip Theunissen, in the Bethlehem district of the Eastern Free State. Here

they practice conservation agriculture and currently are running a small mutton merino sheep

enterprise which is grown naturally on a cover/pasture cropping system.

Ruhan’s motto is “Responsible-and sustainable progress is a core value and is the reason for

advocate conservation agriculture to maintain and hopefully improve the natural resources available

on the farm.