In the interest of empowerment through ownership, Suiderland Plase together with the Zandberg Workers Trust has formed a shared ownership company with Zandberg Citrus Estate in the Clanwilliam region, standing testament to our commitment where shared ownership has transformed lives and landscapes where we grow table grapes and citrus.
In collaboration with the Zandberg Trust, a beacon of black economic empowerment (BEE), the estate appointed 84 permanent workers to BEE partner positions. As co-owners of the expansive 251-hectare farm, workers emerge as agric specialists and not only reap the rewards of harvests but also the benefits of formal business training.
This dynamic partnership enriches not only individual lives but also the agricultural sector’s stability—a vital ingredient in feeding the nation and fostering a resilient South African economy.
Empowerment, at its core, is about embracing responsibility. Zandberg cultivates a supportive culture, providing learners with the opportunity to evolve into genuine business partners. This serves as a beacon of broad-based empowerment, an evolving benchmark for the sector.
Through a synergistic blend of plant production skills and business acumen, nurtured by a dedicated management team, Zandberg emerges as a symbol of authentic empowerment in South Africa’s agricultural landscape.
This thriving fruit farming agribusiness exemplifies the essence of land reform, standing tall amidst challenges such as drought and market fluctuations. As we forge ahead, similar empowering initiatives are being invested in at Mooi Uitsig near Swellendam and Ferland near Piketberg—testaments to our unwavering dedication to this cause.