As community involvement is at the heart of Dutoit Agri, we have established partnerships with leading experts in the field of social development in order to significantly improve the wellbeing of communities. The main objectives of these projects are to create a feeling of inclusiveness, and to motivate our employees to take part in the development of their communities.
- VALK project, which is jointly run by the churches and is intended to combat alcohol and drug abuse. VALK is an acronym for “Voorkoming van Afhanklikheid in die Langkloof” (prevention of dependence in the Langkloof).
- Women’s day (Eastern Cape). Several motivational speakers, social workers and various testimonies empower women with knowledge and motivation to make a difference.
- Support with financial training to prevent crippling personal debt and to raise awareness about the impact of debt on the quality of family life, personal wellbeing, productivity, etc.
- Participation in the Koue Bokkeveld Training Centre’s various community development projects, including community support groups, talent competitions, Ubuntu camps, etc.
Projects/institutions encouraged and supported by the company
- Empowerment in the Witzenberg area through the PALS project
- Hamlet Culture Karoo Festival
- CANSA Relay for Life
- Several schools in the Western and Eastern Cape
- Sport clubs and teams in our communities
- Badisa Ceres Social and Developmental Services
- Sponsorship of Dutoit Agri teams to participate in the annual Korkom (Potatoes SA) soccer tournament in the Koue Bokkeveld
2016 and beyond
- Our farms in the Eastern Cape are developing a project to assist matriculants with career guidance. The objective is to help matriculants make well-informed choices about their future working lives and to translate these effectively into appropriate decisions and actions.
- Dutoit has formed a partnership with Villa Academy that specialises in the training of young upcoming farmers, with an emphasis on technical and management training.
- Givers for the Cold Project was launched by a group of Dutoit employees in die Eastern Cape. Their aim is to provide knitted scarfs and gloves to children in their communities.