http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.63Change: -0.07
R/$ = 10.59Change: -0.04
Au 1284.91 $/ozChange: 1.54
Pt 1402.50 $/ozChange: -0.50
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013   Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science & Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 09, 2012

Company Announcement: AfriSam changes lives and fortunes with investment in Rethabiseng co-op

Back
FTFA|Africa|South Africa|ZAR|Food|Food Security|Quinton Naidoo
ftfa|africa|south-africa|zar|food|food-security|quinton-naidoo
Download PDF
Afrisam (0.05 MB)
 

A year ago, a few women from Rethabiseng, outside Bronkhorstspruit, were struggling to make a living off the sales of their chickens to the local community. Today, just twelve months on, a multi-million rand enterprise development initiative from AfriSam will see these women’s dream of having a good income from sustainable farming come true.

This innovative project is aimed at providing sustainable economic development and diversification in the communities where AfriSam operates and forms part of AfriSam’s investment into community enterprise development under the mantle of their Social and Labour Plan.

AfriSam is working together with social enterprise Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA) to develop this commercially viable organic farming community project. FTFA`s programme, Farmer Eco-Enterprise Development (FEED) Africa provides farmers with training, mentorship, operational support and marketing assistance nurturing successful long-term social enterprise development from farm to local market, supermarket and hopefully the international market as well.

Produce already sold
The produce from this inspiring initiative is already being sold, resulting in earnings of around a million rand for the co-op members in their first year of operation. The social and economic impact on the whole area, once so poor and food insecure is staggering, particularly when considering the short time frame involved. The dedication of the co-op members, as well as their savvy market sense to grow produce such as five varieties of gourmet lettuce, makes this project a space worth watching.

Under the partnership, FTFA is working with the Rethabiseng local subsistence farmers to develop farming co-operatives to deliver organic yield at the required volume and quality of production necessary to establish a commercially viable agricultural enterprise. In addition, the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, impressed with what they saw, installed pack house and cooling facilities on the premises.

Corporate social responsibility manager at AfriSam, Tsholo Diale explains why the company’s support of small-scale farmers through enterprise development is changing lives in a big way: “The need for food security and sustainable livelihoods is of paramount importance to economic growth and development within our country. AfriSam’s partnership with FTFA speaks of our commitment to sustainable and equitable community development within the areas of our operations. This project will enable community farmers to become active participants in the mainstream agricultural economy.”

Agricultural solutions for the continent
South Africa has an opportunity to present agricultural solutions that can be scaled up for the continent, as well as providing its own poor with the choice of livelihoods and dignity. This solution takes the form of developing sustainable agricultural farms through enterprise development from corporate funding.

FEED AFRICA programme manager, Quinton Naidoo says the time is ripe for a new agrarian transformation. Naidoo explains: “The need for food security and sustainable livelihoods among the poor is crucial. FEED enables emerging farmers to join the mainstream agricultural economy and the opportunity to replicate similar projects across South Africa can have a significant impact on poor communities and their sustainability.” With the corporate investment of organisations such as AfriSam, FEED Africa not only has the ability to change the lives of emerging farmers across South Africa today, but with the long-term sustainability of the projects, these lives remain changed indefinitely.

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Announcements News
13 to 15 May 2015 will see C-star, an event forming part of the EuroShop family of trade fairs and specifically geared to the Chinese market, being held in Shanghai for the first time. The kick-off for C-star at this year’s EuroShop in February could not have been...
Heidelberg Mall, due to open in October 2014, has attracted a top line-up of national retailers and it is already 90% let. The mall’s tenant mix includes big-name retailers Checkers, Woolworths, Edgars, Game, Clicks and Dis-chem.
The latest development from Sonderhoff Chemicals, the flameproof polyurethane foam seal Fermapor® K31-A-45C4-2-UL-FR, complies with US fire protection standard UL 94 HF-1. The seal also has a UL listing for US testing standard UL 50E for switch cabinets and...
More
 
 
Latest News
As industry prepares for the launch of South Africa’s digital terrestrial migration, the South African Communications Forum (SACF) hosted a workshop to determine the country’s readiness in terms of compliance of set-top boxes [STBs] and access to funding. The...
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has outlined plans for the development of a new health and allied sciences university into which the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa) campus of the University of Limpopo, located in Ga-Rankuwa, will...
Communications Minister Yunus Carrim
The costs of communicating have to drop, Communications Minister Yunus Carrim said on Wednesday. "Clearly, the costs have to come down. It's not just in the interests of the poor and disadvantaged but the economy as a whole," Carrim said in a statement following a...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
MORE IN SA Phase 2 should see local content on the mainline locomotive increase from 65% to 80% by the end of 2014
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
AltX-listed engineering technology company Ansys has been awarded an R188-million contract by Transnet to supply integrated dashboard display systems to the freight rail utility’s locomotives. Black-owned and controlled Ansys developed the bespoke integrated system...
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, breached a major operations milestone on April 4, which marked the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks