Rural Development & Land Reform Department gives back to the community

It is because of the late South African former president, Nelson Mandela, that July is considered as a special month. On the 18th of July annually, people from all sides of the globe gather around and celebrate International Mandela Day. The Department of Rural Development & Rand Reform together with the Gauteng department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the City of Tshwane Municipality commemorated Mandela Day in style. They did so by visiting the Winterveldt mobile abattoir.

Winterveldt mobile abattoir employee slaughtering a chicken
The rural development & land reform department aims to develop rural areas so as to alleviate poverty and create jobs. As people move from rural areas and relocate to the cities, rural areas are left undeveloped and un-cared for. Winterfeldt is one of the poorest areas around Tshwane hence the mobile abattoir is built there. Ms. Lerato Mulaudzi-Molapo of the rural development & land reform said that their department received a donation of a mobile abattoir from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and thus had to make sure that all things are done.
"We did skills development, we trained them on the day-to-day running of the abattoir." said Molapo
The abattoir started working in 2013 and it has now supplied local farms with its services. It is not only farms that benefit from the abattoir but also community members. It offers permanent and temporary employment to the people. There's currently fourteen employees working for the abattoir and the management aims to create more job positions so as to accommodate more people and create more jobs. Their target market is the youth. Vusi Zengele, the caretaker of the abattoir says that their requirements include a matric certificate as well as age.
"When we hire people, we focus on their age. We hire people that are not more than thirty-five (35) years old. We also allow people to volunteer."


An employee explaining the inside process at the abattoir 
The rural development & land reform also encourages the youth to choose careers in agriculture as this will benefit them, their families and also the country as a whole.


The abattoir does not only focus on poultry but also crop farming. There were also people on the other side of the yard planting cabbage, beetroot, lemon, apricot and so to mention a few. The rural development & land reform also encourages the youth to choose careers in agriculture as this will benefit them, their families and also the country as a whole.


Gardeners planting a tree at the abattoir
Thabo Ramaphala is one of the farmers who never studied anything that has to do with agriculture. He started as a poultry farmer but has now got also into crop farming. His love for farming was influenced by his aunt who used to have a small poultry farm at home.

Winterveldt mobile abattoir continues creating jobs for Winterveldt-based youth.


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