A festive Gala Dinner was held to celebrate the achievements of the Foundation in collaboration with Waitrose and it’s supply partners over the last ten years. This event was the ideal opportunity to give special recognition to member farms who excelled in the focus areas of the foundation.

EDUCATION

Timberlea: Media Centre

The Media Centres (5) of the Timberlea Group have grown in leaps and bounds over the last number of years under the leadership of Marion Jeffery and support of her husband, Roy Jeffery.

This project displays the importance and value of management support to a project and confirms that this is a success factor for any project on farms. Marion has always been passionate about Education and saw the opportunity in programmes such as CAMI that can enhance the Literacy and Numeracy Skills of primary and high school learners. All  children on the 5 farms  benefit from regular, structured afterschool support in centres that has been upgraded to house different extra murals (chess/music) and learning support programmes (CAMI/tutoring/library) that contributes to the holistic development of children. Reports from primary schools about some of their learners’ academic progress confirm that the investment of passion, time, skills and funds over time has made an impact.

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Charity Donyongwa, (Facilitator), Marion Jeffery (Grower) and Mark Williamson (Waitrose Ltd, Commercial Director).

HEALTH

Capespan – Northern Cape Farms: Primary Health Care service

In memory of Sister Johanna Pieters we acknowledge the work of outstanding teams that improved primary health care services in the Northern Cape.

Their services commenced in May 2014, after the completion of suitable farm clinic-rooms on 8 farms and the provision of a dedicated vehicle for this purpose, to the benefit of approximately 1900+ farm workers per season. On average 500 minor ailment consultations handled per month during peak season and out of season on average of 260 primary health care consultations. Staff composition: one full time nurse and an assistant.

Significant positive impact has been reported since the commencement of the project.

  • Improved health of farm workers, which results in
  • Reduced man hour losses and increased productivity
  • Improved attitudes and motivation
  • Consistent/increased preventative primary health-care awareness and personal hygiene practices.

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HEALTH

Westfalia – Wellness Centre

The project started in 2007. Since its inception this project has grown from operating in a small room with only two staff members to a bigger centre consisting of five big working spaces and to date the centre employs seven staff members and also offers mobile clinic service to cover the company farms in the outlying areas. This project, implemented in Tzaneen where most of Westfalia Fruit population is based, provides primary and occupational health services by subsidising the cost of medication at the clinic.

The subsidised clinic cost allows significant savings for workers which can be invested in their other needs. In addition to the 1597 (workers not medical aid) actual company employees, their children as well as their immediate family members benefit from this project. This gives an estimation of 6388 total beneficiaries based on an average of 4 family members in a household.

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Tumi Mabaso (Project Coordinator), Anne Botes (Primary Health Practitioner) and Mark Williamson ( Waitrose Ltd Commercial Director).

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Monteith – Integrated Approach to Social Development
The farm has a strong focus on shared values and healthy relationships as part of the foundation for their community development initiatives. The following range of projects reveals their integrated approach to social development:

  • Day and Aftercare Centres
  • Men’s and Women’s Clubs
  • Marriage and Family Support/Enrichment Programmes
  • Library
  • Chess Club
  • Sports Development Projects
  • Recycling Swop Shop
  • Waste Water Treatment Project
  • Energy Efficient Project
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Edwin Scheffers (Worker Committee Member), Ciska Coetzee (Project Coordinator), Mark Williamson (Waitrose Ltd Commercial Director)

 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Auldearn – Income Generating Project

An entrepreneurial culture was developed amongst the workers by the late owner James Simpson. Most of the workers on Auldearn have embraced this approach for the advancement of their community through income generating projects. Current farm management sustains this empowering culture by making their vehicles and equipment available until projects are self-sustaining and profitable.

The following projects have been supporting their own community by subsidising school uniforms for primary and high school learners, supporting families who need to travel to other provinces for funerals and family emergencies, etc.

  • BBBEE Project
  • Piggery
  • Wood-cutting Project
  • Women’s Catering Supplies
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Brynn Simpson (Grower), Ronald Daniels (Worker Committee Member) and Mark Williamson (Waitrose Ltd. Commercial Director).

SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT

Sun Citrus – Permaculture Vegetable Garden

This project was planned and implemented in the context of a province that’s one of the poorest in South Africa and notorious for social challenges such as high employment, poor service delivery, etc. The project is designed to address these challenges and therefore develops the skills of seasonal workers to grow their own necessary vegetables in a sustainable way in the limited space they have at the homes in different townships around Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape. 300 -400 workers benefit from this project.

 

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Siyabonga Manyabe (Worker Committee Member), Sonja Brummer (Grower), Mark Williamson (Waitrose Ltd. Commercial Director).