Maluti Fruit plant apple trees at Bethlehem school for Mandela Day

As part of Mandela Day celebrations, Maluti Fruits, an apple and cherry pack house in Bethlehem, planted six apple trees at Bethlehem Comprehensive Secondary School.

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Pack house manager Hein Punt said many of the labourers at the pack house had themselves been to Bethlehem Comprehensive Secondary School and have children in the school – “and we see it as an appropriate gesture.”

Maluti Fruits is also involved with project Remmoho which aims to create 2 000 jobs in the apple industry in the region, and sees investment in the school as investment in future managers and labourers at Maluti Fruits and the eastern Free State apple industry.

Front (from left): Hein Piunt, Maluti Fruits pack house manager, Grade 10 pupil Refilwe Mokoena, who takes agriculture as subject, and vice-principal Buti Motloung
Back (from left): Maluti Fruits staff, Melita Motsitsi (quality control), Johannes Letsia (machine operator), Thabo Leshoana (machine operator), Vincent Motloung (logistics coordinator), Petrus Mofokeng (gardener) and Violet Leshoana (supervisor)

Farmer’s Weekly journalist Gerhard Uys (left) handing over Farmer’s Weekly magazines to agriculture teacher Solomon Sibaya (middle) and vice-principal Buti Motloung for the library of the Bethlehem Comprehensive Secondary School in Bethlehem, Free State.

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Gerhard Uys grew up as a real city lad, but spends his free time hiking and visiting family farms. He learnt the journalism trade as a freelance writer and photographer in the lifestyle industry, but having decided that he will be a cattle farmer by the age of 45 he now indulges his passion for farming by writing about agriculture. He feels Farmer’s Weekly is a platform for both developed and emerging farmers to learn additional farming skills and therefore takes the job of relaying practical information seriously.