Corporate Social Responsibility

Kaap Agri Academy

The Kaap Agri Academy in Porterville was established in 2008. It started off with a development programme for emerging farmers. This course, which is accredited by die AgriSETA, is annually attended by approximately 25 emerging farmers who are selected from more than 100 applications.  All the individuals attending the course have access to land and are already involved in farming.

The content of the programme, which is presented by BathoPele, consists of several sessions during the year and is presented in two sections, namely business practice and farming practice. The aim of the course is to fully equip emerging farmers with practical as well as management knowledge to eventually become successful commercial farmers. The course is on a NQF Level 2 and consists of farm management and sustainable farming practice and livestock and crop cultivation. The successful students will receive a National Certificate in Mixed Farming.

The Academy has twice produced the AgriSETA’s learner of the year and several students were also finalists for this award. More than 200 students have already completed this course successfully. Since 2010 the Kaap Agri Academy also started with the training of farmworkers. The courses as well as the training providers are accredited with the AgriSETA. Amongst the courses presented are: tractor maintenance, first-aid, spray pump operation, supervision, handling of chemicals, welding, fork-lift operating, orchard monitoring and Health and Safety representation. Amongst the new courses are fire-fighting, safety on farms, operating of a ditcher, as well as truck, crane and tip truck.

The Academy also presents courses on request and many of the farmworker courses are presented on a satellite basis at Kaap Agri’s various business outlets. Since 2010, more than 4,000 farmworkers have been trained by the Academy.

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Employee and Farmworker Trust

Five per cent of Kaap Agri shares have been issued to the Kaap Agri Employee and Farmworker Trust. The income beneficiaries are farm workers and employees, their families, and local communities. The Trust is managed by four trustees, two of whom are independent.

Income received in the form of dividends is utilised to redeem the Trust debt, but 10% of the amount is available to be used by the Trust in beneficiation projects.

Kaap Agri also provided finance to the Fruit Workers Development Trust to purchase shares in Kaap Agri with the purpose of using the dividend returns to promote the Trust’s goals.

Five per cent of Kaap Agri shares have been issued to the Kaap Agri Employee and Farmworker Trust. The income beneficiaries are farm workers and employees, their families and local communities. The Trust is managed by four trustees, two of whom are independent.

Income received in the form of dividends is utilised to redeem the Trust debt, but 10% of the amount is available to be used by the Trust in beneficiation projects.

Kaap Agri also provided finance to the Fruit Workers Development Trust to purchase shares in Kaap Agri with the purpose of using the dividend returns to promote the Trust’s goals.

Social Responsibility

Kaap Agri is involved in various projects and farming projects in previously disadvantaged communities through financial contributions, job creation, and indirect support. Kaap Agri is also involved in many other areas, on primary level, in agriculture and agricultural activities and societies, while individual branches have community projects that support local development.

Employees are encouraged to participate in local community actions in their personal capacity and as representatives of Kaap Agri. Over the last financial year, 85 community projects were embarked on at branch level. The Care and Grow programme’s purpose is to make a difference in local communities through partnership and support. Kaap Agri also provides financial support for students and scholars studying in the field of agriculture, retail, marketing and management. Currently, three students and thirty four scholars are benefitting from Kaap Agri’s bursary program. Donations sponsorship and contributions are granted to deserving entities with the aim of supporting communities according to a predetermined policy.

Social & Ethics Committee

Social and sustainability behaviour is the responsibility of all who work at and are involved in Kaap Agri. The Board monitors the compliance through the Social and Ethics Committee, which formally meets with management and also reports to the Board.

Environment

The Group is mainly located in the rural areas, where its activities, as well as the activities of its clientele, are closely linked to nature. Consequently it is only natural that the Group will cherish the environment and conduct its business in such a manner that it has the minimum impact on the environment. The risk management programme is, therefore, not only set on the compliance of regulatory requirements, but follows a “green” approach to ensure a sustainable environment.

In many areas and towns the Group is the largest and only employer and provider of products and services, often outside its usual products and business parameters, thereby also fulfilling its community responsibility.

Health & Safety

The safety, welfare and health of employees and stakeholders is non-negotiable. The management of health and safety is done in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act at all operational points as part of the risk management programme. Compliance with the requirements of the legislation is monitored strictly in order to ensure that a safe working environment is created and maintained.