At Dutoit Agri we are immensely passionate about and committed to the recruitment, training and development of our people and their communities. During peak season we employ close to 7 500 workers in our production areas. As a leading farming, packing and marketing enterprise, we recognise our social responsibility to the people in the communities we operate in.
Dutoit Agri implements a wide range of social and developmental projects aimed at benefiting our people and their communities by focusing on:
Community inclusiveness and integration
Social and economic growth
Training and skills improvement
Black economic empowerment
Dutoit Agri believes in the personal growth of our people. Our employees underpin the core of the business and by standing together, growing together and working together we ensure that our employees gain the necessary skills and qualifications.
The following projects need special mention:
Dutoit Agri Study Scheme
The study scheme is a self-sustainable scheme that was launched in 1993 with an initial capital investment by the company. More than 20 children of employees receive tertiary education through this scheme on an annual basis.
Loans for further studies are awarded to the employees’ children based on predetermined repayment terms.
Dutoit Agri Western Cape is a member of the Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre, while Dutoit Agri Eastern Cape is a member of the Langkloof Training Centre. Employees attend various courses at these and other institutions according to relevant developmental and employer needs, and in terms of the Skills Development Act and the Employment Equity Act. The company also uses AgriSeta funding for certain training courses. Free transportation is provided to these centres.
For more information on the Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre and its activities, visit its website www.kbos.co.za.
In the Western Cape, Dutoit Agri has implemented a Health Plan that is financed by the company. It entails the appointment of qualified nurses, trained healthcare workers and fully equipped clinics that provide services on a weekly basis at the various farms and pack houses in the Ceres area. The other divisions in the group are currently serviced by the Department of Health. In future a similar plan will be rolled out in the Eastern Cape.
Dutoit Agri Values Project
This project supports the wellbeing of employees and their families. Dutoit Agri is continually seeking opportunities to develop its people and equip them to address problems in their communities.
Pre-School and Aftercare Centres
Dutoit Agri currently has six registered crèches on various Koue Bokkeveld estates. Five of these estates also have after-school care centres where learners receive food and are helped with their homework. The crèches are well-equipped with toys for indoor and outdoor stimulation on an intellectual, social and physical level. The aftercare centres are equipped with computers to assist the children in carrying out their school tasks.
The staff at the crèches and aftercare centres are fully trained in early childhood development (level 4) in order to provide quality support to the children.
There are three primary schools on our estates in the Western Cape that are run by the Western Cape Education Department. These buildings belong to and are maintained by Dutoit Agri. The company meets annually with the School Forum to discuss common matters at the schools.
In the Western Cape, most of the estates have sport facilities provided by the employer. Dutoit Agri provides subsidised transport for employees to sporting events and sport apparel is sponsored from time to time.
Dutoit Agri strives to act as mentor regarding production practices for its empowerment initiatives (Misgund Klein Boere Trust and Crispy Farming), and provides financial, human resource and technical services.