Karsten Empowerment Projects
Keboes Fruit Farms, Mosplaas Citrus and Newgro Farming are all people empowerment initiatives fathered by The Karsten Group, in which workers hold significant shares. Whilst Raap en Skraap has almost been developed to its full potential and is packing more than a million cartons of grapes for export, Mosplaas Citrus is still very much in the development phase. 400 ha of citrus trees have been planted on what was previously arid semi-desert land.
Newgro Farming is an empowerment initiative aimed specifically at previously disadvantaged women. 100 ha of table grapes have been planted for future production. They also farm with livestock.
Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
In 2012 The Karsten Group signed its first contract with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) in a bid to help the government with successful land reform in South Africa. The Group is involved with six livestock farms and three irrigation farms in the Northern Cape, and two irrigation farms in the Western Cape.
We aim to ensure that all of our workers achieve their full potential, to be happy employees and in turn to be happy families who contribute to the long term sustainability of the group by empowering them and making them part of the business.
Apart from extensive people development programmes we also nurture and continue to develop two major empowerment projects whereby employees are co-owners through shareholding: Keboes Fruit Farms, Mosplaas Citrus and Newgro Farming.
Through innovation and improvement we create and source training programmes which are essential to equip people for the production and packing of quality fruit.
Career planning accompanied by training plans for individuals are done for permanent staff whilst on-the-job training is implemented for seasonal labourers.
This enables permanent staff to improve and empower themselves for promotion whilst the seasonal workers are ultimately groomed for opportunities of permanent employment.