The Porterville Community Association assisted the poorest of the poor for the past fourteen years. The Association’s wheat cultivation project has been making a difference to the local community since its inception in 2004. Wheat is annually planted on 25 hectares of land which was made available by the local municipality.
Johan de Lange, Manager: Direct Sales & Services was a founder member of the Association, and according to Johan, Kaap Agri played a major role in ensuring the sustainability of this project. All the coordination regarding the production and administration is done by Wesgraan including the identification of sponsors for the project on an annual basis. “In the most instances Wesgraan also sponsors the seed and supplies transport for the delivery of the crop to the silo,” de Lange said. Every year Kaap Agri buys the wheat at good premiums, thereby contributing to the maximisation of the profit of the project.
Kaap Agri is still one of the main drivers of the project and it is currently represented on the committee by Louis Coetzee from Wesgraan who also provides technical advice to the participants. Several suppliers are also involved in the project through the contribution of chemicals, fertilizer, services, implements etc. The contributions of different role players made it possible to realise a net income for the 2017 season of R100,000. The Porterville Primary and High schools, the local old age home, Nerina, and Badisa, a welfare organisation, were the beneficiaries of the project since its inception, and this year they each received an amount of R25,000.
It is the aim of the Porterville Community Association to give financial support to the poorest of the poor on a sustainable basis, and to make a difference in the lives of those who are less priviledged. At the handing over ceremony, the Mayor of the Berg River District Municipality, Alderman Evert Manuel, announced that the lease agreement for the land has been extended for another nine year period instead of the original three. The Mayor emphasised that this was done because of the excellent track record of the project. Since the inception the Porterville Project, proceeds handed over to the beneficiaries amounted to R934,000. If all goes according to plan, the R1 million target will be reached in this year.
(Photo) From left to right: Kobie Liebenberg (committee member) Adam du Plooi, Badisa, Anita Odendaal, Nerina, Cedric Zinke, Portervillle Primary School, Willem Engelbrecht, Porterville High School, Alderman Evert Manuel (mayor) and Pieter du Plessis, (committee member).