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Board of Directors

Lynette Bezuidenhout Geraldine Khoza Carien Craig
 
Dr Gerhard Neethling Malembe Mtsweni  

 

 

 

 In a Briefing Note by Mr Johannes Möller, President of Agri SA on 4 May 2015 regarding SENIOR APPOINTMENTS AT AGRI SA,


He stated and I quote:


“The challenges faced by the sector are diverse, and in a global trade, financial and digital environment, high level skills are required to understand emerging challenges and even more so, to contribute towards solutions which will enhance the prospects of the sector and of those who work in it.  What is also evident, is that the so-called “soft issues”- which are more than often complex challenges – have become increasingly important to the wellbeing of the sector.  This includes issues such as training, social development, conditions of employment and transformation.  Transformation has many facets: apart from the human resources side of it, it encompasses land reform, farmer development and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE).”


MASDT is intensely aware of these factors – as we are faced with these challenges daily in the development of our emerging farmers. A new financial year commenced on 1 April and it is our target to take in another 60+ emerging projects throughout Mpumalanga with the financial assistance of SEDA.


British American Tobacco is financially supporting MASDT to develop around 100+ emerging Sun Cured Virginia Tobacco farmers in 4 Provinces (Western Cape, North West Province, Limpopo and Mpumalanga), and the dti financially assists to incubate 4 large projects in 3 Provinces (KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo).


It is once again the objective of MASDT to ensure return on investment for our Donors – despite difficult circumstances and challenges. All the staff members of MASDT take on these challenges in faith that we are making a much needed difference and ensure that there is hope for a better future.

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openingmessage
25/03/2015
 
Dear Readers, Stakeholders and Friends,
In this Newsletter you will be introduced to 2 Executive Managers at MASDT – people that make running MASDT only a pleasure! Their dedication is admirable. It is a privilege to have Staff like them and the rest of the team on board.
This is the last month of the current financial year – so things are heating up on the financial side to ensure that all information will be correctly captured for the External Auditors, A2A Kopano who will visit our offices from 4 – 15 May 2015. This audit includes the Statutory Audit as well as Section 38(j) of the Public Financial Management Act. A2A Kopano is also currently busy compiling a quarterly Fact Finding Report for the DTI Incubator Support Program – which comprises 5 Incubation sites – 2 in KwaZulu- Natal, 2 in Mpumalanga and 1 in Limpopo.

Over and above the External Auditing, our Internal Auditors, PWC, are busy with the 4th quarter evaluation of the Company’s Risks register and Internal Audit Operational Plan!
Trust you will enjoy the content of this newsletter and comments are always welcome at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lynette Bezuidenhout
Managing Director


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Opening message
30/01/2015

May you all be blessed with good health and lots of laughter because life is short and we need to appreciate each minute – so live life to the fullest in 2015! At MASDT, we decided as a team that this year we are going to assist each other to ONLY speak and live positively. And on that note, SARS assisted in helping us feel the positivity by finally granting the company our Tax Exemption certificate. The MASDT can now issue 18A certificates and are exempt from paying income tax. This is really something to celebrate.
 
MASDT operate a proven successful model and although funding restricts expansion at the rapid pace we desire, we are keeping our faith that we will get the grants we need.
 
I want to once again request your moral and financial support to MASDT. The staff of MASDT lives by our values that are: honesty, transparency, quality service delivery, commitment, ethical dealings and value adding to Clients, Sponsors and Funders. Rest assured, this will not change.
May you all be blessed with good health and lots of laughter because life is short and we need to appreciate each minute – so live life to the fullest in 2015! At MASDT, we decided as a team that this year we are going to assist each other to ONLY speak and live positively. And on that note, SARS assisted in helping us feel the positivity by finally granting the company our Tax Exemption certificate. The MASDT can now issue 18A certificates and are exempt from paying income tax. This is really something to celebrate.
 
MASDT operate a proven successful model and although funding restricts expansion at the rapid pace we desire, we are keeping our faith that we will get the grants we need.
 
I want to once again request your moral and financial support to MASDT. The staff of MASDT lives by our values that are: honesty, transparency, quality service delivery, commitment, ethical dealings and value adding to Clients, Sponsors and Funders. Rest assured, this will not change.
May you all be blessed with good health and lots of laughter because life is short and we need to appreciate each minute – so live life to the fullest in 2015! At MASDT, we decided as a team that this year we are going to assist each other to ONLY speak and live positively. And on that note, SARS assisted in helping us feel the positivity by finally granting the company our Tax Exemption certificate. The MASDT can now issue 18A certificates and are exempt from paying income tax. This is really something to celebrate.
 
MASDT operate a proven successful model and although funding restricts expansion at the rapid pace we desire, we are keeping our faith that we will get the grants we need.
 
I want to once again request your moral and financial support to MASDT. The staff of MASDT lives by our values that are: honesty, transparency, quality service delivery, commitment, ethical dealings and value adding to Clients, Sponsors and Funders. Rest assured, this will not change.
May you all be blessed with good health and lots of laughter because life is short and we need to appreciate each minute – so live life to the fullest in 2015! At MASDT, we decided as a team that this year we are going to assist each other to ONLY speak and live positively. And on that note, SARS assisted in helping us feel the positivity by finally granting the company our Tax Exemption certificate. The MASDT can now issue 18A certificates and are exempt from paying income tax. This is really something to celebrate.
 
MASDT operate a proven successful model and although funding restricts expansion at the rapid pace we desire, we are keeping our faith that we will get the grants we need.
 
I want to once again request your moral and financial support to MASDT. The staff of MASDT lives by our values that are: honesty, transparency, quality service delivery, commitment, ethical dealings and value adding to Clients, Sponsors and Funders. Rest assured, this will not change.

Lynette Bezuidenhout

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Opening message
15/12/2014

Another year is nearly at an end. Our gratitude at the MASDT is unconditional towards the numerous successes that the organisation has been fortunate to enjoy this 2014. We have indeed been blessed with strong partnerships and stakeholders in the form of our dedicated team at the office, fantastic funders including SEDA, British American Tobacco SA, Eskom Foundation and the DTI among others, and our farmers who we serve.
 
Agriculture is one of South Africa’s leading economic industries of development and growth. Our model as an agricultural incubator has seen the improvement and rise of emerging rural farmers who are being equipped with the tools, knowledge and markets to progress. Our constant efforts to implement only the best processes and technologies has resulted in wonderful achievements like our increasing media coverage, the high number of incubatees who become success stories by successfully graduating from our programme, and the recognition we are grateful to receive in the form of an awards from industry leader Productivity SA as Regional winner in the Public Sector 2014.
 
 
Our mentors, business development officers and team on the ground work hard to pull projects together and create sustainable businesses. Up-skilled emerging farmers head these projects; the model greatly supported by our benevolent funders and partners.
 
May this year draw to a harmonious and fulfilled close for you, and we look forward to an energised, productive and blessed 2015! Seasons Greetings to you all!
 
Lynette Bezuidenhout

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Opening message
11/11/2014

And so the final countdown towards 2015 is in the pipeline!! A pity we cannot put time in a bottle… But MASDT was showered with blessings, healthy and motivated staff, ethical business dealings and enough funding to continue the work that makes us happy and content.
 
To manage a non-profit company has its challenges, and sometimes, the management of high expectations and late payment of donors makes one tend to lose faith, but after 7 successful years MASDT is getting stronger, more reliable and credible in our achievements.
 
MASDT was nominated as a Finalist in the Public Sector category of the Productivity SA awards, and this is something to be proud of – the 24 black and 6 white employees of a strong MASDT team– they deserve this 100%!!
 
I hope that you will enjoy reading this Newsletter and be proud of the achievements of a group of people, for whom is it so important to make a lasting difference. Any feedback and comments are always welcome and feel free to drop me an email.
 
With blessings.

Lynette Bezuidenhout
MD: MASDT

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Message from Dr. Neethling

I became involved as director at MASDT with the aim of linking this company, with a passion for training and technical support, to the industries we serve. The model proposed and implemented by MASDT provides technical support (virtual incubation) for our small -scale farmers, whilst formal training programmes (nationally recognized) provide the necessary qualifications to ensure sustainable small-scale enterprises. 

More than 300 learners benefitted from the short courses and workshops presented and facilitated by our company. Many of these programmes also provide technical training to assist with the practical maintenance of our ever-increasing fleet of vehicles, tractors and equipment. 
The incubation model of SEDA assists MASDT in providing a comprehensive support package that helped benefit more than 100 profit making SMME’s in 2013/2014 alone, with a turn over of more than R 13 million rand. As a veterinarian, the new venture in animal production as part of the training plan for animal behavior, feeding procedures and handling, is particularly interesting for me. These, and other successful projects with the likes of Eskom and BAT, can only be possible with the hard work and dedication of our mentors and staff, under the skillful guidance of our managing director Lynette Bezuidenhout. 
It is a privilege to act on a board where the improvement of small-scale farmers is actively practiced to the advantage of the entire communities in which they take place. 



Gerhard Neethling

Vice chairperson - MASDT

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