(English) Themba Trust I Van der Merwe family - Agri SAAgri SA

Bronaar/Themba Trust

Started by the Van der Merwe family, benefitting 113 farm workers in George, Western Cape

Why was it started?
Empowering farm workers allowing them to become part of a successful farming enterprise sharing in the profit.

How was it done?
The van der Merwe family decided to form a trust allowing farm workers to share in the profit. The workers drew up criteria for inclusion in the trust. Through successful LRAD Themba trust bought 33.3% of the Farm. The department of Agriculture also built a packing facility and made training available.

How was it funded?

Social and Economic Implications
Through the trust and farm owners a day-care centre as well as a clinic facility was established on the farm. A personal growth initiative have been implemented in the form of Farm worker of the year competition increasing the effectiveness and confidence of the people.