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Bergendal shows there is power in transformation

By Kara van der Berg Walk onto Bergendal farm and transformation efforts are immediately visible everywhere. This farm on the Paleisheuwel road near Citrusdal cultivates deciduous fruit, citrus, rooibos, wine grapes and livestock. They boast a packhouse, as well as…

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Transformation within the fruit industry is of paramount importance to ensure growth. Hortgro supports the transformation of the industry and endeavours to enable inclusive growth for all. Find the FruitSA Transformation Summary here: 2020 Transformation Summary

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Meet the man kind to mankind

It is said that the fruit of the spirit is kindness.  Klaus Booysen is a man that reflects nothing but kindness. That’s why, no matter what life dished out to him, he has always been able to walk the walk.…

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How to go from AGT to matric

For most of her life, Jenny Maarman wanted to sing. But she always believed her voice was too dark (thick, she calls it). But then Agri’s Got Talent (AGT) came her way. And opened many doors...By Gerrit Rautenbach. Jenny was…

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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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Measuring and Managing Transformation

Deciduous Fruit Industry signs pledge to lead the way At the end of October, representatives from Hortgro Pome, Stone and the DFDC came together with the aim to align the industry strategy and to develop “an implementable, measurable, and future-focused…

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To transform is to renew

There is more than one type of transformation in this world. The most important one for the father and two daughters team of Protea farm was to farm for themselves. But then getting new life into old orchards was the…



By Elise-Marie Steenkamp Female farmers were given the opportunity to reflect on their journey in agriculture when they joined the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, in a webinar to discuss successes, challenges, and the way…

Fruitbasket Transformation


Fruit South Africa and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) established the Fruit Industry Value Chain Round Table (FIVCRT) as a valuable platform that brings together government; parastatals; the fruit industry and civil society for fruitful…



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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The Normat Choir’s songs of hope

On 14 September 2019 Normat Farms’ Ladies Choir achieved first place for the second year running at the Koue-Bokkeveld Training Centre’s choir evening. They are truly a choir of note, but it didn’t happen overnight. Gerrit Rautenbach reports. The whole…

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