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Jonathan Cain

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

WBFF Secretary &

Director - Africa Region

I was born in 1965 in Johannesburg South Africa.

After getting a B Comm degree, in Accounting and Commercial Law, then working in the commercial field for 15 years I was looking for a less stressful life.

I have a family and am married to Denise, the mother of our two daughters, Tristyn and Jordan.

I had inherited a bonsai tree, from a property I bought in 1999. I did not know the species but, it seemed to thrive on neglect. Later on I found out that it was a Baobab, and neglect was the best treatment for its survival.

In December 2002, my wife, Denise, received a bonsai as a gift. She then started collecting bonsai and by March 2003, we had bought a commercial bonsai nursery of 35 000 bonsai.

In 2006, I was founding Chairman of our local bonsai club. I visited the 1st Chinese Penjing Exhibition in China in 2006 and also attended my first WBFF AGM as a visitor and consultant to the African Region.

In 2013 I attended the WBFF AGM in Taiwan as President of the African Region.

In 2017 I was asked to be Secretary to WBFF.

African Bonsai Association (ABA)

Our Story

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Baobab tree

African Bonsai Association is a Regional Body of World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF).

In the mid 1980 South Africa Bonsai Association was approached to form the African Region under the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF).

In 1991 the African Bonsai Association (ABA) was formalised and merged the South African Bonsai Association (SABA) to serve as an umbrella organisation for all bonsai organisations in Africa and as the representational member region of Africa to the World Bonsai Friendship Federation.

In 2002 ABA split from SABA, where the focused of SABA was only on bonsai in South Africa, and ABA remained focused on the whole African continent.

ABA Representatives

Neli Stoyanova, International Consultant to WBFF
Chaachoui Oussama, International Consultant to ABA
Tola Smit
Tola Smit, International Consultant of WBFF
Patrice Clain, Consultant Reunion
Hendrik Koekemoer, International Consultant to ABA
Xavier de Lapeyre, International Consultant to ABA
Andy Razakarivony, International Consultant to ABA
Prachi Parikh, International Consultant to ABA
Jerome Agbomson, International Consultant to ABA
Mohamed Nabil, International Consultant to ABA
Ferroukhi Redouane, International Consultant to ABA
Vice President
Willem Pretorius
Jonathan Cain, African Bonsai Association Director WBFF Africa Region


Africa Region Collection

South-Africa Bonsai Convention 2023

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