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How well is transformation doing in the Langkloof?

The Jobs Fund Initiatives is the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber’s Commercialisation Programme. It started in 2016 and is aimed at graduating a group of smallholder farmers to commercial status. Hortgro and the DFDC-SA recently went on a monitoring and evaluation…

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Ownership is the ultimate in transformation

The success story of the Haarlem Community by Gerrit Rautenbach It all started many years ago because of water. In 1963 the then Coloured Affairs Department of the governing National Party of South Africa bought the farm Anhalt because the…

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The man who rowed into his farm

Competitive canoeing shaped Paul Lombard’s life. Literally and figuratively. But it all happened because of a drought. Gerrit Rautenbach explains. You can clearly see that Paul Lombard, proud manager director of Eve Brand, an apple and pear farm near Misgund…

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A DECADE OF TRANSFORMATION

Ten noticeable years of transformation The Pome and Stone Fruit Industry have put their money where their mouths are since 2010 regarding transformation and sustainable development. Over the last 10 years, transformation initiatives were refocused on training, worker welfare, and…

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RICARD MYBURGH SCOOPS ANOTHER AWARD

Ricard Myburgh, a 27-year old apple and pear farmer from Vyeboom in the Western Cape, received the Young Entrepreneur Award from the Jobs Fund last week. Myburgh, who has been farming on the family farm, Cortina Farms, for the past…

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JOBS FUND HEAD VISITS FARMS

By Carme Naude Najwah Allie-Edries, the head of the Jobs Fund visited the Ceres region’s beneficiaries on 7 February. The tour started at La Vouere where Raymond Koopstad welcomed them together with his strategic partners Georgie Hewitt and Pieter Wolfaardt…

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The magic of partnerships

Through their involvement in the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund Initiative, the Western Cape and Eastern Cape Departments of Agriculture together with HORTGRO, are showing what can be done when public and private enterprises work together. Text: Glenneis Kriel The Jobs…

Inspiring Inclusive Growth

HORTGRO takes smallholder farmers up the commercial ladder

Over the past two decades, Hortgro has been playing a pivotal role in the transformation of the stone and pome fruit industry. In 2007, the association along with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture initiated the tree (or “boompie”) project…

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Award-winning Cortina Commitment

Richard Myburgh started out as a fruit hawker. His business was small but grew quickly. Soon he outgrew the packhouse that he was renting and it was time for him to buy his own farm. Today, despite some serious drought…

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