EC dairy farm offers employees opportunity to own land

An initiative designed to give dairy farm workers the opportunity to own the land they work on is being put forward as a possible model for sustainable land distribution.

Currently about 73% of South Africa's farming land is white-owned.

Last week the ANC and the EFF joined forces to put forward a motion of expropriation of land without compensation.

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies spoke to Christo Joubert, Chief Executive Officer at Grasslands Agriculture about a trust it has established, allowing for its workers to have a share in the land.

The Grassland Development Trust was established in 2004 and has 49 previously disadvantaged workers as beneficiaries.

The trust was established with two objectives; to contribute to land reform by transferring the title of production farmland to previously disadvantaged employees, and to set up a trust where beneficiaries will receive dividends from the proceeds that will make a meaningful difference to their lives.

Christo Joubert, Chief Executive Officer at Grasslands Agriculture

Chairman of the Grasslands Development Trust, Sabelo Magagamela says it has afforded him and his fellow colleagues an opportunity to own the land they work on.

It has motivated me to work more because I am not just working for a salary.

Sabelo Magagamela, Chairman of the Grasslands Development Trust

This has given us an opportunity that farms owned by black people are not just farms but are competing well. For the past two years when the seasons were favourable, we did very well. We are there on top with one of the best farms.

Sabelo Magagamela, Chairman of the Grasslands Development Trust

To hear more of this interview about the Grassland Development Trust, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : EC dairy farm offers employees opportunity to own land


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