Some 300 permanent and 500 contractual jobs have been created in Modjadjiskloof after the Department of Trade and Industry funded a local food manufacturing company through its Black Industrialists Scheme to the tune of R48 million for machinery that has resulted in the company, increasing its production and creating more jobs.
Speaking during the official launch of the firm’s expansion project in Modjadjiskloof recently, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe said as government they are inspired by the risk and courage demonstrated by the owners of the company in their commendable efforts to help government create the much-needed jobs and contribute in growing the economy.
“As beneficiaries of government’s policy intervention in the form of our Black Industrialists Programme, we are honoured to see the impact that we are making in partnership with the private sector in the community of Modjadjiskloof and surrounding areas,” Magwanishe stated. He further said the expansion project undertaken by the company illustrated what government was capable of doing in order to assist companies increase their production efficiency, job-creation and global competitiveness.
Magwanishe explained that the company had found a niche in the agro-processing sector to the investment value of R120 million and the targeted production of tomato related foods ensure premium quality food for local and impending global markets. He further said he was pleased that local farmers will be benefiting from the company’s expansion efforts after they established a ‘Tomato out-grower Scheme’ which aims to empower small scale tomato growers.
“A market for small scale farmers has been created to trade their products to the company. The scheme has also contracted 80 developing farmers and 10 commercial farmers. Through this, the growers have benefited value in the form of training, supervision and growing of the crops,” he concluded.
The company Chief Executive Officer, Ismail Darsot stated that the funding would assist them to develop the factory and reduce the unemployment rate in the Tzaneen area. He further said the tomato out-grower scheme benefit and uplift the community and added that this was the first time the company got assistance from government and that they appreciated the support.
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