The Adama Apollo Trust was established in 2008 and its workers became beneficiaries of the trust, receiving a 30% share in all the vineyards of Bosman Farming and in the Bosman Family Vineyards cellar. The dual goals of social upliftment and skills transfer forms the heart of this deal.
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Adama Appollo Workers Trust (Bosman Family in Wellington) – B-BBEE Joint Venture
The farm’s workforce has increased from 260 to 420 people, 300 of whom are permanently employed. Since the partnership began, 122 houses for staff members have been provided and a housing project in Wellington is being currently under development for their retired senior citizens and young start-up families. Young people are also offered the opportunity to further their studies, some being integrated back into the business while others find work elsewhere.
Through Share Equity Schemes, farm workers receive the necessary support in order to access ownership of land and assets, this is one of the ways that the Western Cape government has ensured that there is adequate support for black emerging farmers which will guarantee their economic success and longevity in the agricultural sector.
It is this kind of support which has meant that the DA-run Western Cape government has a success rate of 62% of all land reform projects farms in the province. This is in stark contrast to the ANC-led national government 90% failure rate of land reform projects. The Western Cape has also committed to increasing this success rate to 70% over the next 5 years.
A key component of successful reform projects is post-settlement and continued support. The Western Cape has therefore increased its budget to its implementation agency, Casidra (Cape Agency for Sustainable Integrated Development in Rural Areas) by almost 44% in order to speed up land reform and post-settlement support across the agricultural sector.
Casidra provides extension and advisory support to emerging farmers such as the development of business plans; provision of grants for infrastructure development, production inputs and mechanisation; facilitates the delivery of skills development programme for farmers and facilitates accreditation of farmers to enhance access to markets.
The DA is fully committed to redressing the injustices of the past through land reform in a way that truly empowers black people and strengthens the economy. We do not agree, however, that the Constitution is an impediment to land reform. Making this argument lets the ANC off the hook on the real impediments – corruption, bad policy and chronic underfunding.
Today’s visit to the Bosman Adama wine farm has proven that partnerships, effective implementation and ongoing support are key to land reform success in South Africa.
The Bosman’s farming enterprise & their workers decided on an equity scheme model for their land reform project. Share Equity Schemes in agriculture are arrangements in which farm workers, small-scale farmers or other disadvantaged people buy shares in a commercial farm.
The Adama Apollo Trust was established in 2008 and its workers became beneficiaries of the trust, receiving a 30% share in all the vineyards of Bosman Farming and in the Bosman Family Vineyards cellar in Wellington.
Through Share Equity Schemes, farm workers receive the necessary support in order to access ownership of land and assets. This is one of the ways that the Western Cape govt has ensured there is adequate support for black emerging farmers which will guarantee their economic success and longevity in the agricultural sector.
DE BOS HANDPICKED VINEYARDS MERLOT 2014
The winemaker: Corlea Fourie of Bosman Family Vineyards – where “family” also extends to the farmworkers. Recently named runner-up ethical company of the year at The Drinks Business Green Awards in London, the Bosman family (through Fourie) handcrafts its De Bos Handpicked Vineyards range in collaboration with the Adama Apollo Workers’ Trust.
The wine: De Bos Handpicked Vineyards Merlot 2014 is fresh and peppery with ripe black berry and dark chocolate notes at R95/bottle.
With a long history and proud heritage, Cape Town HOMEMAKERS Expo exhibitor, Bosman Family Vineyards are deeply committed to fusing the old with the new, as they combine long-established tradition with cutting-edge innovation.
The farm was established in 1707, and in the 311 years since has built up a reputation as the home of some of South Africa’s best wines with their dynamic range winning numerous national and international awards.
The Bosman Family Vineyards have unrivalled access, knowledge, and expertise when it comes to crafting their wines. Petrus Bosman – managing director and head of wine and viticulture, Corlea Fourie – nurture and encourage a culture of fine wine. They take a hands-on approach to everything – from sourcing the best fruit from Bosman’s 3 different growing regions to picking the grapes by hand – working as naturally as possible.
A strict selection process in the vineyard and the cellar means that only the top 5% of the total harvest is used for production. While historic vines offer distinct vintages, a thriving vine garden allows for constant innovation and the perfect blend of old and new.
While the wine at Bosman is the star of the show, the wine estate offers wine tasting, picnics and hiking trails at their satellite venue in the picturesque Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hermanus. The Bosman family are deeply passionate about wine and reward others who share this love for the vine. The Bosman Wine Club provides exclusive wine made and reserved for members with free delivery to their doorstep.
The Bosman family is dedicated to more than just wine. They are invested in the socio-economic welfare of the people who work on the farm. In 2008, the Bosman family and the Adama Apollo Worker’s Trust secured the biggest land reform transaction to date in the South African Wine Industry when 260 permanent employees received a well-earned share in 430 hectares of prime vineyard land.
A visit by Travelspective to Bosman Family Vineyards – an 8th generation story of vine to wine devoted to responsible handcrafted wine. With farms in Wellington & Hermanus South Africa, Bosman Family Vineyards have developed as leaders in the ethical production of premium wine from South Africa, this family together with the families working on the farm are blazing new trails since their return to the wine industry in 2007, after a 50 year period that now wine was made in their cellar.
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