Emerging Farmer Support in South Africa
Westfalia has in the past provided support in the form of training and facilitation of market access to black emerging farmers located in a northern part of the Limpopo province called the Vhembe District. These farmers received accredited training on various technical and management aspects of avocado production and have visited related businesses such as the Perishable Product Export Control Board (PPECB), as well as local and international markets to which Westfalia exports.
Project Forum in South Africa
Westfalia’s community development projects are identified, prioritised and implemented by a Joint Committee consisting of elected employee representatives and a management representative. This Joint Committee meets monthly to plan, review and monitor the progress made on various community-related, funded projects. The representatives have a responsibility to provide feedback to the broader employee workforce.
Workers’ Committees in South Africa
Westfalia promotes staff interaction through workers’ committees, which are made up of representatives elected by the staff in different sections of the farm and factory operations. These representatives meet with the relevant management on a monthly basis to discuss issues of concern to the staff. Management also uses this forum to bring issues to the attention of the staff.
These representatives are elected annually by the staff. The workers’ committee members are trained to ensure that they understand their responsibilities in representing the staff, which include, among other things, wage negotiations, disciplinary and grievance procedures.