Due to Covid-19, many of the social responsibility programmes managed by Hortgro were difficult to implement. Hortgro remains committed to its goal to improve the lives of everyone in agriculture communities. We strive to do this via the following programmes:
Mentor and Internship Program
The Hortgro Mentorship program consists of 30 interns who are completing their internships at various producers and packhouses. They are all students who must have practical experience in order to complete their qualifications.
During the program, students are given the opportunity to apply the theory they learned in their courses. Many of the interns are offered permanent positions at the facilities where they do their internships.
The programme is facilitated by Khutsa and the main focus is to develop the students and equip them with different skills.
Hortgro offers school tours to various institutions, which include Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute, FruiFly Africa, SAPO Trust as well as Stellenbosch University.
Scholars have the opportunity to meet employees in agriculture, visit various laboratories and experience a day in the life of such agricultural employees. @HORTGRO we are serious about ‘growing our future industry leaders’ and informing learners about the brilliant career opportunities in agriculture that await those who are interested.
Management & Leadership Development Programme
With a discretionary grant from the AgriSETA, Hortgro funded the pilot phases of a Development Leadership Assessment Centre for Production Managers with Mazars Advisory as the service provider.
The programme is designed to target three levels of leadership namely, Team Leaders, Production Managers and Farm Managers.
Our first group of students completed the programme and graduated at the end of 2020. Our 2021 group is in the final stages of completing its programme.