Completion of course celebrated

2016-03-02 06:00
PRESENT during the ceremony were, from the left Jacqui Kgadiete, Milton Namelang, Motlalepula Beesnaar, Elizabeth Manopole (mayor of Magareng) and Bishop Mocwane.  Photo: Boipelo Mere

PRESENT during the ceremony were, from the left Jacqui Kgadiete, Milton Namelang, Motlalepula Beesnaar, Elizabeth Manopole (mayor of Magareng) and Bishop Mocwane. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE Magareng local municipality and Middle Farm Farming Project celebrated the achievement of some of the participants of FarmTogether Training that was offered by Bontle Solutions cc.

Twenty-four members of Magareng and Middle Farm Project attended the FarmTogether training course from 17 November 2015 to 4 December 2015 in Warrenton.

All the trainees were declared competent and awarded certificates of competency by the Bontle Solutions Agricultural and Management Consulting Company, which is accredited with AgriSETA. The event was held at the Magareng Local Municipality offices on Tuesday (16/02).

Bontle Solutions cc is a Warrenton-based AgriSETA accredited training provider.

The purpose of the occasion was explained by the managing director of Bontle Solutions Training and Management Consulting, Neville Kgadiete, after Bishop Mocwane opened with a short prayer and the Magareng mayor, Elizabeth Manopole, welcomed the guests.

Kgadiete emphasized the importance of giving previously disadvantaged individuals skills which are relevant to their trades of choice, in this case being agriculture.

He said that FarmTogether lays a good foundation for other agricultural training skills programmes and learnerships in that it addresses the main issues that caused so many co-operatives to fail in the past, like in Governance, Financial Management, Business Skills and Business Choices.

According to Kgadiete, Magareng and Middle Farm Farming Project applied for sponsorship for learnerships for the youth that completed FarmTogether Training from AgriSETA, but their application was unfortunately unsuccessful due to budgetary constraints, as explained by AgriSETA.

The chairperson of Magareng and Middle Farm Farming Project, Chabeng Agos, also expressed appreciation for having been exposed to such valuable training.

He said the skills they received during the training will go a long way toward helping them improve their business management skills.

Speaking on behalf of the youth, Sam Mase challenged the leadership of the Magareng Local Municipality to help them access more training and mentorship opportunities.

Milton Namelang, who gave a motivational speech, encouraged Magareng, Middle Farm Farming Project members, the youth and women in particular to take advantage of the skills training programmes that they are offered so that they can be better equipped to grapple with the challenges experienced in farming.

He emphasized how the economy of South Africa is mainly driven by mining and agriculture.

“And Magareng’s economy is based on agriculture and has a lot of smallholder farmers. Farming land, although not in abundance, is available in the Northern Cape province and can be used for those who would like to venture into farming,” motivated Namelang.

During her congratulatory remarks, Mayor Manopole expressed how impressed she was by the number of young people and women that Magareng and Middle Farm Farming project took on board and allowed to be part of the FarmTogether training.

She acknowledged the remarks and request made by Mase for training intervention for the youth and women.

She also congratulated Kgadiete and Bontle Solutions for their efforts to develop Warrenton and Magareng in general.

The mayor promised to discuss these issues with the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture to ensure that what was started by Bontle Solutions, does not stop, but continues with other training programmes for the development of the Magareng agricultural community.

Philip Letebele, the deputy chairperson of Magareng and Middle Farm Farming Project, passed a vote of thanks.

The FarmTogether learning programme has been developed to help farming cooperatives and SMMEs to integrate into the broader South African agricultural context by addressing a range of skills that include governance, business skills and business choices.

Cooperative members and SMMEs who complete the learning programme will be able to apply the learning within their own agricultural business context. Individual participants were assessed, accredited and registered on the South African national qualifications framework, SAQA.

The learning programme is presented as a series of activities that offer participants an experiential environment in which to test and experience the consequences of their choices and actions, and thereafter reflect on, reinforce and ultimately

present that which they have learnt for assessment.

Participants actively and collectively engaged in a range of non-threatening problem solving processes where they were and will be able to experiment with potential scenarios and choices that they could face in their daily lives without fear.

They also tested incidents where they might enter into and test imaginative problem solving scenarios that are not livelihood threatening.

They further have the potential to by-pass the often daunting formal learning processes, methodologies and structures without losing the learning.

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