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Farm handed over to farm workers in Villiersdorp a success

T Gasebonwe

The ANC believes that the range of measures introduced by the ANC led government to change the ownership patterns of commercial farms without affecting production and food security produces good results. The story of nine Belleview farm workers who are successfully owning a farm serves as motivation to other beneficiaries. Owning a farm seemed like a distant dream to these farm workers until the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform made them proud owners of a fruit farm located in Villiersdorp through a joint venture between farm workers and former owners. The farm which was owned by Crookes Brothers at the time was acquired by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform through the PLAAS programme in 2012 to benefit eleven farm workers who worked on that very farm for many years.

As beneficiaries these families decided not to take their profit share for 2 years, but to invest it back into the business, so that it can succeed. The Belleview Agricultural Cooperative seems successful and the department is making sure that the transfer of skills is taking root. There are 11 permanent jobs that were created by Belleview project as well as a number of seasonal workers. This initiative serves as an example of what can be achieved when farm workers and commercial farmers join hands and develop together.

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