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LANGA MOUNTAIN TOMATOES

Yandisa Langa is the founder and sole owner/beneficiary of Langa Mountain Tomatoes in Tokai. This project produces and supplies tomatoes to local vegetable stalls, supermarkets and restaurants, and has created jobs for three employees in the area.

Langa is a born entrepreneur and worked as a security guard at one of the local malls when he spotted a niche in the supply and delivery market. What inspired his idea was enquiries about the delays in food deliveries and the shortage of vegetables, etc. He decided to resign from his position and started a project way back in 2016.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

KAUTHARS CHICKEN BROILERS

Casidra has successfully completed the implementation of two chicken sheds for Kauthars Chicken Broilers in Hopefield.  

This is a Chicken broiler project that was started in 2016 and belongs to three female previously disadvantaged individuals. These beneficiaries applied for funding for the construction of broiler houses and production inputs and their request was approved by the Commodity Project Allocation Committee of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Approximately R700 000 of Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme funds was allocated to the project.

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Casidra was privileged to form part of the adjudication panel at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (WCDoA) Junior LandCare’s water care campaign held at Elsenburg on 20 June 2018.  The adjudication panel was tasked with scoring grade 6 and 7 learners on speech, poster, drama and debate relating to Conservation of Natural Resources, Water, Environment and Energy.

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S DESK - SEPTEMBER 2018

Towards the end of 2017 the harsh reality of the current and intense drought experienced by the Western Cape, continued to play out. Casidra supported the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) in the procurement and provision of drought relief feed to farmers to support their livestock through this difficult period. The conditions also required farmers to reduce their herds, some of whom at times had a few more animals than they should have. To this effect, the drought had an equalizing effect.

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Good Governance through Partnerships

“Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern.” ~ Frank Herbert

Good Governance is a relatively new concept along with human rights, democracy and public participation. It means that any organisation, such as government institutions or private companies – or any facility that purports to provide a service, conduct public affairs and manage public resources – must act in the public interest at all times.

In other words, governments and organisations must operate according to an accepted set of rules and regulations which are there to ensure that all decisions are ethical and made in accordance with public sector values. In short, it means doing things in a proper manner, honestly and with full transparency. While rules and guidelines can help a company to develop strategies and plans – and to keep on the right side of the law – it also needs to ensure it remains on the right side of public expectation and perceptions.

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Building an efficient, competitive and responsive infrastructure network

Infrastructure is the fundamental facility and system network serving a country, city, or community, including the services and resources necessary for the overall economy to function. It presents the physical systems of a business or nation such as: transportation, communication, sewage, water and electricity; these are all part of the infrastructure, and they are vital to a country’s economic development and prosperity.

Without these basic, dynamically interlinked elements, cities cannot operate efficiently, and an economy cannot be soundly built on vision, endeavour and effective control. A strong network of economic infrastructure exists to support a country’s economic and social objectives, delivering basic services, as well as industrial and commercial needs.

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Youth Development Opportunities: Community, Land and Lateral Thinking

The Way Forward

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.” ~ John Donne (1624)

The great lesson of life is that while we may appear to be sailing our own ship, we very rarely are. There is always a broader community at work, supporting our dreams, and bolstering our endeavours. The trick is to draw from our background of family and friends, while at the same time applying our own true grit, determination and hard work.

The youth are more fortunate than they may think. Today they are able to benefit from a supportive community background and institutions focused on developing young individuals. These innovative organisations are geared to encourage the youth to take ownership of their ideas and transform tentative projects into successful business ventures.

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