The Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA) has initiated a programme to provide grant and loan funding to black-owned citrus enterprises to fund the establishment of new orchards, the rehabilitation of existing orchards, infrastructure development (including building new and rehabilitating existing packhouses), equipment purchases, and production costs for new orchards. To this, skills development initiatives were added, to ensure that new and existing employees of beneficiaries have the necessary skills and capacity.
In 2019 an application was made to the AgriSETA for funding the skills development initiatives related to the programme. In October 2019 an agreement was signed between the CGA and the AgriSETA for funding amounting to R12 988 585, for learnerships, skills programmes and bursaries that will be implemented over the duration of the project, from April 2020 to March 2023.
The CGA is responsible for the overall implementation, management and oversight of the project, and has engaged the Citrus Academy to be the implementation agent for the skills development initiatives, while the CGA Grower Development Company (CGA-GDC) was appointed as the implementation agent for the enterprise development aspect of the project.
Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd, a service provider with the necessary accreditation, expertise, capacity and track record, has been contracted by the Citrus Academy, to implement the skills programmes and learnerships related to the programme nationally.
The ETBCG programme will be offering the following learnership and skills programme:
These interventions will be rolled out across 6 areas namely the Nkwaleni Valley, the Sundays River Valley, the Gamtoos Valley, the Kat River Valley Brits, and Thohoyandou.
Selection Criteria and Requirements
For more information on how to apply growers can contact Sam Louw on firstname.lastname@example.org or 031-765-3410