College celebrates 100 yrs, honour men

2019-05-01 06:00
Buti Jonas Photos: Supplied

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The Glen College of Agriculture, 20 km outside Bloemfontein, marked its milestone of 100 years and honoured two employees with long service.

The duo recognised were Mayo Booi and Buti Jonas.

They were bestowed hono­rary diplomas alongside Dr Benny Malakoane during the college graduation ceremony held in April.

Over 40 students graduated with diplomas after the successful completion of their three years of study in various agricultural courses.

Booi joined the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in 1983 as a general worker at the Glen Farm’s maintenance division.

He also served in various sections for the 36 years of historic service, gaining valuable experience in agriculture despite no formal education.

Jonas joined the department in 1987 as a general worker at the bull testing station for livestock.

He has served in various sections within the farm and the 32 years of experience in agriculture have come with valuable knowledge.

With no formal education, Jonas and Booi became an integral part of the college with their passion for agriculture and knowledge of the importance of agriculture in food security.

They also have the ability to train hundreds of students who enrolled at the college to pursue a career in farming.

The awarding of honorary diplomas to the two men is parallel to celebrating the 100 years of the college’s existence this year.

The agriculture institution was established in 1919.

The Glen College of Agriculture today serves as a centre of excellence in agricultural training in and around the Free State, as well as for national and international students.

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