Buhle Farmers Academy

“World Food Day is commemorated annually on 16 October and serves to draw attention to the prevalence of hunger around the world. Food insecurity is a reality that many in South Africa live with every day, a reality that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. The provision of food to communities experiencing hunger is helpful, but providing the skills that allow people to produce their own food, and potentially launch sustainable commercial enterprises, can be lifechanging.”
– Thami Mkhuzangwe, Consol Glass Human Resources Director

Consol Glass is proud to have committed R550 000 to Buhle Farmers’ Academy in Delmas, Mpumalanga, to develop the skills of 100 emerging farmers from disadvantaged backgrounds and position them in viable enterprises.

An initial bursary of R250 000 was awarded in 2019 to assist in developing the skills of 50 new and emerging farmers, and reduce food insecurity in the region.

Buhle tackles food security by upskilling communities to produce basic nutritious food stuff. For sustainability and resilient farming, there is emphasis on instilling entrepreneurial skills, fortifiying farmers with financial management, marketing, planning skills over and above the practical farming skills. Buhle has graduated 7000 farmers in 21 years, and the partnership will see many more farmers developed.

The 50 learners, who included 23 females and 28 youth, successfully completed their Basic Vegetables, Livestock and Poultry Farming Learnership in November 2019, with many of them since continuing to farm successfully.

Given the success of the 2019 intervention, Consol Glass committed a further R300 000 in 2021 towards the intake of another cohort of 50 unemployed youth, mainly from rural communities in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

The Delmas bursary is aligned to Consol Glass’s socio-economic development strategy of ameliorating poverty and promoting sustainable economic development and resources in South Africa.