Citrusdal - Bergandal Boerdery
Since 2004, Citrusdal Bergendal has been Fair Trade certified for wine, oranges, clementines, mandarins and mineolas, in addition to Rooibos tea. They also grow deciduous fruit, raise sheep and grow bucha, another herbal plant. The farm’s Joint Body recognizes the importance of training its workers and dedicates much of its resources to make workshops an integral part of their professional and social development. They regularly contract training organizations to offer several sessions throughout the year on topics including financial management, conflict resolution, food hygiene and health issues such as HIV/AIDS and STD awareness and prevention.
The circumstances we work under have changed. If chemicals are sprayed in the orchards, we are no longer allowed to work during that time. The premium money we receive improves life in the community. The workers receive training. This is all very good. ”
Our vision is to be well trained and responsible co-partners, producing quality products in a world-class business, while creating wealth in harmony with nature and to the grace of God. ”
Bergendal Boerdery Joint Body and Workers Committe
House Improvements for Workers
The Joint Body of Citrusdal-Bergandal dedicated portions of premium funds for workers' home improvements. Workers were able to purchase tiling, paint and showers to install in their homes. Some farmers even built verandas to create extra room.
A Space for the Community
Premium funds have allowed for the construction of a community hall. Today, the hall is used technical trainings, weddings, church services, sports activities and youth clubs.
Trainings and Scholarships
Workers voted to use Fair Trade funds for preschool teacher trainings and academic scholarships at the high school and college level for their children. They purchased equipment for primary and preschools on and near the estate. An amphitheatre was built at the Paardekop farm school as well as a new bus stop for commuting children.
Computers Help Productivity
With Fair Trade premiums, Citrusdal - Bergendal installed computers in thier offices to enhance productivity and serve as an additional resource for training and education programs.