farming thumb medium80 84GroundUp writes that Khulu Ngobese has been working on Westcliffe farm near Greytown for more than 20 years.  In August he became a beneficiary in a workers’ trust that will eventually own 50% of the farming business.  

Twenty-four farm workers are now beneficiaries of a farming scheme supported by farm owner Andrew Braithwaite and a state programme known as the 50/50 Policy Framework.  The programme was introduced with the aim of workers and owners becoming co-owners of farms.  Under the scheme, the Westcliffe employees now have a 45% share in the farm operating company through a trust.  The land belongs to the state, which bought it from Braithwaite.  A 5% share in the company and in the profits will go to the National Empowerment Fund.  Braithwaite, who owns 50%, said:  “This model provides a win-win-win for land reform, farmer and farm worker, in fact for the country as a whole.”

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