Corporate Social Responsibility

Kaap Agri Academy

The Kaap Agri Academy in Porterville was established in 2008 and has since grown into a training centre offering farmer development programmes as well as farmworker training programmes.

Farmer development programme
The farmer development programme consists of three courses, all accredited by the AgriSETA. The Academy has thrice produced the AgriSETA’s Learner of the Year and several students were also finalists for this award. More than 360 students have already successfully completed this programme.

The Mixed Farming, Animal Production and Plant Production courses are annually attended by approximately 60 emerging farmers who are selected from more than 100 applications. All the individuals attending the courses have access to land, are previously disadvantaged individuals and are already involved in farming practice.

The content of the programme, consists of several class sessions during the year and is presented in two sections, namely business practice and farming practice. The aim of the programme is to fully equip emerging farmers with practical as well as management knowledge to eventually become successful commercial farmers. The courses are on NQF Level 2 and NQF Level 3 and focus on farm management, sustainable farming practice, livestock and crop cultivation. The successful students
receive a National Certificate.

Farmworker training
Since 2010 the Kaap Agri Academy also offers training to farmworkers. The courses as well as the training providers are accredited with the AgriSETA. These practical courses include: tractor maintenance, first-aid, spray pump operation, supervision, handling of chemicals, welding, fork-lift operating, orchard monitoring and health and safety representation. New courses are added in alignment to clients’ needs. Recently added courses include: fire-fighting, safety on farms, operating of a digger loader, 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 6 000 farmworkers have been trained by the Academy.

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Employee and Farmworker Trust

We are proud of our efforts to empower our employees and communities through our Kaap Agri Bedryf Employee and Farmworker BEE Trust. Five per cent of Kaap Agri shares have been issued to the Trust. The income beneficiaries are farmworkers, employees, their families, and local communities. The Trust is managed by five trustees, three of whom are independent.

Employees are supported with access to housing loans as well as education-related grants. Through ownership via the Trust, our employees are able to benefit from our growth journey.

Whilst income received in the form of dividends is utilised to redeem the Trust debt, a portion is set aside for the beneficiation programmes.

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.

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.

Social Responsibility

Kaap Agri is involved in various 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. Donations and contributions are granted to deserving entities with the aim of supporting communities according to a predetermined policy.

Employees are encouraged to participate in local community actions in their personal capacity and as representatives of Kaap Agri. For the 2019 financial year, the Group invested approximately R4.56 million in social upliftment programmes. The CSI 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, two university learners and forty-four scholars are benefitting from Kaap Agri’s bursary programme.

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.

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.