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MASDT this month completed the training of tobacco facilitators to equip them with knowledge and skills to go out to different areas where SCV tobacco is grown and train farmers in their second year of tobacco production. The farmers will be taught in their mother tongue during May for a period of three to four weeks. Training contents include natural resources, infrastructure and placement of farm structures, sustainable farming systems, the production environment, and occupational health and safety. Full training will also be given on vegetable and livestock production, updates on the production of SCV tobacco, governance, management and leadership…
“MASDT has taken us out of the darkness into the light by transferring sound farming knowledge through their workshops and regular visits.”These are the words of Jeremy Strydom, a fourth-generation emerging farmer who strongly believes in tobacco cultivation to grow his farming enterprise into a commercial business. He farms on Matjiesrivier, a 100ha farm in the Swartberg’s Cango Valley outside Oudtshoorn, which he shares with other farmers.This season Jeremy planted 3ha of Burley and 1ha of Sun Cured Virginia (SCV) tobacco he estimates will reap a profit of R50 000. The money, he says, he will plough back into the…
The emerging farmers of Houmoed Trust is going through a serious learning curve, but with more discipline and adherence to the rules of tobacco planting, there is no reason why they cannot make it to commercial level, says MASDT External Facilitator and Agri Economist Dr Piet van Zyl.Houmoed Trust comprises of 11 emerging farmers who farm on 102ha near Deyselsdorp in the Oudtshoorn District in the southern Cape. This is the first season that they have ventured into tobacco cultivation by planting 3ha of Sun Cured Virginia (SCV) seedlings. Houmoed Trust is attempting to diversify their enterprise and have also…
South Africa exceeded the global average of trade in illegal cigarettes in 2011 by eight to 12% resulting in a staggering 7,5 billion tax-, excise- and VAT free cigarettes – mainly from Zimbabwe – dumped on local consumers. It is estimated that SA’s trade in illegal cigarettes has doubled over three years with the trade making up well over 25% of the total cigarette market. This equals a whopping 6 billion illegal cigarettes sold every day. Seen as the fastest growing tobacco ‘category’ globally, illegal cigarette sales results in lost of income to the South African government’s coffers of at…
MASDT Tobacco IncubatorMobile Agri Skills Development and Training (MASDT) launched its Tobacco Incubator Project to uplift emerging black African farmers to become productive commercial producers in collaboration with industry players and government. This  project is mainly funded by British American Tobacco South  Africa (BATSA).  The project was launched on the farm of the Silwanendlala Ubuntu Farmers’ Association (SUFA) in Buffelspruit in 2010. Buffelspruit is situated in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga – one of South Africa’s warmest and most fertile agricultural regions. Mpumalanga is known as one of the world’s finest banana and sugar cane producing regions but its  climate and soil are…
When it comes to developing skills in the workplace, MASDT does not shirk its responsibility and assists 24 companies. This involves developing an organisational training and development plan, and to conduct analysis to determine outcomes of learning skills development. Companies are also guided to conduct skills development administration and offer advice on the establishment and implementation of a quality management system for skills development practices. Coordinating skills development interventions and providing information and advice on skills development and related issues, as well as promoting a culture of learning, form part of this service. MASDT’s Skills Development Facilitation is in line…
Further Education and Training (FET) CollegeMASDT’s private Further Education and Training (FET) College is registered with the Department of Higher Education and accredited by AgriSeta and UMALUSI as a private service provider. The college is a licensee of the Assessment College of South Africa and Business Start UP. All courses are unit standard-based according to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) requirements and the NQF framework. All material is aligned to outcomes of learning programmes; generic material is contextualised specific to sub-sector, and only accredited facilitators, assessors and moderators are employed or contracted. The company is in the process of…
This Incubator is situated in Dundee, the District Municipality of Umzinyathi, in the region between Dundee and Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal. This branch was established towards the end of 2008 and currently 46 Clients are being supported in this area. This Incubator is an exact duplication of the Mpumalanga Agri Skills Incubator. The District Municipality of Umzinyathi fund MASDT for this initiative.The Incubation Centres are being verified quarterly by the main Funder (SEDA Technology Programme) on the following indicators. These indicators have reference to the performance of the Incubatees/Clients.Improving business performance: New SMME’s established; Clients supported; SMME’s that survived 1st and 2nd…
This initiative is financially supported by Seda, situated at the DTI campus in Pretoria. MASDT commenced with this initiative in August 2007 when 20 farming ventures around Hazyview and Malelane areas in Mpumalanga were recruited and contracted to be developed within this structure for 3 years. Currently more than 130 emerging Agri Businesses in Mpumalanga are supported.The main focus areas of the Incubator initiative are:  Facilitating the Agriculture Incubation concept in different Provinces     Incorporating technical skills, business management, social development and life skills to emerging Agri Businesses to improve confidence and capacity to explore and try various income generating…
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