April 25, 2019
A key component of the Waitrose & Partners Foundation’s vision of establishing sustainable and dynamic supply chains, are linked to the need on partner farms of having access to opportunities, infrastructure and financial and other resources.
Thornlands, a member of Market Demand Fruits, shares this vision and became a co-investor along with the Waitrose & Partners Foundation in the construction of a Clinic and Training Centre in Buffeljagsrivier, near Swellendam in the Western Cape. The facility provides the community access to basic health care as well as education initiatives.
The facility was recently used as a meeting venue for worker committees from four Market Demand Fruits farms in the Buffeljagsrivier area. In discussions, the committees, farm owners and senior managers agreed that the social problem of substance abuse is a serious issue that must be addressed collectively. The workshop created the opportunity for leadership skills enhancement. The attendees also explored possible solutions to address the substance abuse problem as it has a significant negative impact on individuals and families within the local community.
Access to suitable facilities, as well as collaboration with social development partners such as the Waitrose & Partners Foundation, are practical ways in which farm workers are empowered to find creative solutions for social problems.