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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.

The PALS framework was devised and developed with economic growth, job creation and social harmony as its central pillars. The stated goals of the initiative, which still endure, include the establishment of successful black farmers (as owners of the land), to involve the whole community in an inclusive process, to extend the initiative to other areas and agricultural related industries, to establish the PALS centre as “one-stop-shop” (local land desk) and to focus on mentorship and training programmes.

VISION, MISSION & VALUES

Vision

Peaceful, prosperous and inclusive rural communities with sustainable structured agricultural development

Mission

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.

Values

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.

Lien Visagie

Lien Visagie

Chairperson

Georgina Hewitt

Georgina Hewitt

Lennox Plaatjies

Lennox Plaatjies

Raymond Koopstad

Raymond Koopstad

Nicholas Dicey

Nicholas Dicey

Hennie Du Toit

Hennie du Toit

Janine Van Rooy

Janine van Rooy

Francois Malan

Francois Malan

Gerrit Vd Merwe

Gerrit van der Merwe

Heinrich Jantjies

Heinrich Jantjies

Danelle Du Toit

Danell du Toit

Hein Jurries

Hein Jurries

THE PALS TEAM

Gerrit V Vuuren

Gerrit Van Vuuren

Strategic Advisor

Reinette Van Staden

Reinette Van Staden

Legal Advisor

Yongama Femele

Yongama Femele

Liaison

Charllite Philander

Charllite Philander

Liaison

Angelique Le Roux

Angelique Le Roux

Legal Assistant

Adri Fourie – Administration | Carien Hamman – Information Technology & Social Media

EXPERT ADVISORS

Charl Bester

Charl Bester

Water

Claus Riding

Claus Riding

Subdivisions

Kobus Engelbrecht

Kobus Engelbrecht

Electricity

Chemus Taljaard

Chemus Taljaard

Tax

Lennox Plaatjies

Lennox Plaatjies

Training

Reinette Van Staden

Reinette Van Staden

Enterprise Implementation

Elsa Frylink

Elsa Frylinck

BEE

Prof Nick Vink

Prof. Nick Vink

National Development Plan

Hortfin | FNB | Landbank | AECI – Funding

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