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.