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. We worked alongside the KBOS centre to identify a few children as potential leaders. We then supported them financially to take part in the Grade 7 camp hosted by the centre. The camped focued on leadership and environmental awareness.
Projects/institutions encouraged and supported by the company
- Empowerment in the Witzenberg area through the PALS project
- 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
- Feeding projects and donations during the lockdown (Ceres Business Initiative feeding project)
- SA Big 5K virtual run
2020 and beyond
- Covid 19 was managed carefully and much attention was given to the daily screening of people, sanitation, awareness and training to ensure a safe work environment.
- The Dutoit clinics were fully operational during lockdown. During February and March our Western Cape health care workers collaberated with USAID and our municipal clinic sisters to screen all our employees and identified possible TB patients. TB is fully curable, yet many people in South Africa die every year due to poor health care.
- We have three clinic sisters in the Western Cape and one in the Eastern Cape who rotate their services in the various clinics. Each clininc has one or two health care workers to assist the sister with administratvie duties. They are also involved in awareness campaigns like TB, HIV, Cancer. Dutoit has a MOU with the Western Cape Government Department of Health, which provides us with the medicine and equipment needed to deliver these services. This eases the work load for the municipal clinic sisters which ensures their focus on the rest of the Witzenberg Community.
The following projects will continue in 2021, due to Covid 19 regulations:
- Our farms in the Eastern Cape are developing a project to assist Grade 7's and 8's with career guidance. The objective is to help these students 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.
- Health care awarness projects will be hosted to educate and discuss various health issues.