ABOUT THE PALS INITIATIVE
PALS (Partners in Agri Land Solutions) is a private sector initiative by farmers in cooperation with the community. Originally launched in 2015 in Ceres the PALS initiative has since extended nationally with several PALS enterprises implemented in other areas and PALS centres envisaged for each province and region.
The PALS framework represents a radical departure from past land-reform models and is based on sound business principles, solid legal structures, mentorship and training of emerging black farmers to become successful commercial farmers. The unique PALS framework ensures that issues of sustainability, mistrust, unequal relationships and the exit strategy is addressed.
The PALS centre operates as “one-stop shop” and facilitates enablers, implement development enterprises and coordinate and monitor all aspects pertaining to training, mentorship and sustainability of new enterprises.
VISION, MISSION & VALUES
Peaceful, prosperous and inclusive rural communities with sustainable structured agricultural development
To initiate, facilitate, coordinate and promote reform of agri land ownership, economic growth, job creation and social harmony based on the Partners in Agri Land Solutions (PALS) framework.
Integrity | Honesty | Respect | Trust | Transparency | Commitment | Accountability
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Witzenberg PALS (NPC Registration no: 2015/16704/08) is a registered non-profit company with a Board of Directors. The company is also registered with SARS as a Public Benefit Organisation which enables donors to make tax deductible donations.
The Board of Directors meets regularly to provide strategic direction and ensure good corporate governance.
Hennie du Toit
Janine van Rooy
Gerrit van der Merwe
Danell du Toit
THE PALS TEAM
Gerrit Van Vuuren
Reinette Van Staden
Angelique Le Roux
Adri Fourie – Administration | Carien Hamman – Information Technology & Social Media
Reinette Van Staden
Prof. Nick Vink
National Development Plan