Rural development is increasingly being accepted as a key channel for promoting economic development in South Africa.
Profitable farming at any level of commercialisation is an essential requirement for sustainable economic development, and is vital for promoting food security.
Migration from rural areas must urgently be reversed in order to attract youngsters to these areas. Improved infrastructure, technology and better jobs could play a vital role.
The number of youngsters who choose agriculture as a career, and who live and work in rural areas, has sharply declined in recent years due to promising individuals choosing to rather pursue opportunities in cities, where there are more jobs offering better employment benefits.
Trusted, valued staff members, whether skilled or unskilled, are worth their weight in gold.
The more we are able to attract and retain quality people in the agriculture sector, the better it will be for South Africa’s economic growth and food security.
By nurturing positive relationships with employees through providing access to healthcare, employee benefits and employee well-being programmes that address the daily challenges employees face, agricultural employers can make marked inroads into securing the future of their ventures and the agriculture sector as a whole.
Not only does the integrated health, risk and well-being solution serve to attract and retain quality staff, but it also stimulates output.
The Agility Agri approach integrates a number of processes and products into a seamless solution for employers and employees alike, ensuring better management of human capital risk.
Agility Staff Care takes care of occupational health among low-income employees, Agility Employee Wellbeing provides holistic preventative and productivity management, incorporating absenteeism management, while Agility Life offers group risk benefits.
Medical scheme and health benefits, from primary to tertiary healthcare, are available through Agility Corporate’s medical scheme partner, HEALTH SQUARED, Agility Gap & CoPay, and Agility Healthcard.
Healthcare cover through HEALTH SQUARED can be fully integrated into a comprehensive medical scheme, gap and co-pay cover, health savings, employee well-being and employee benefits solution. This is offered as a single, integrated offering with easy reporting and accessibility.
Completing this 360° solution, Agility Retirement Fund Solutions caters to the need for retirement benefits.
Investing in an end-to-end employee health, risk and well-being solution can result in considerable savings for the employer, while ensuring that valued staff members are retained and their contributions optimised.
A flexible option to provide staff with access to additional healthcare, such as physiotherapy, psychological counselling and over-the-counter medicine, was made available through the Agility Healthcard.
This innovative healthcare savings solution allows the employer to load funds onto a card that functions as a debit card, but can only be used for health-related expenses.
Free telephonic psychological and financial counselling provided through Agility’s rewards and well-being partner, Agility Rewards, assists staff to address some of the root causes of stress and anxiety.
At Agility, we know how practical businesses operating in the farming environment must be to survive, and we know that with the correct human capital risk management support, the industry is not only sustainable, but it is set to flourish.
Phone HEALTH SQUARED on 0861 796 6400, or visit healthsquared.co.za.