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Card image 01 January 2003 South African Journal of Agricultural Extension, 32(1), 98 - 113

Land reform: “making their own miracle”: a case study of a participation model

In the late eighties Dr Pieter Kieviet from the farm Kievietsvalley in the Badplaas area of Mpumalanga realized that his farming enterprise need a change in management and decision making. The idea was to develop a participative approach between owner and workers. In June 1996 the Ebukhosini Worker's Trust was formed. The scheme allowed for a combination of share interests belonging to the current owner, his family and the farm workers. Although the whole idea can still be seen as a success, some problems were however experienced. The model (or scheme) can work and should be promoted but specific actions need to be implemented. Implementation of a mentorship program; availability of an after care service; selection of prospective farmers should take place as well as incentives to be available to farm owners and farm workers to get them involved in land reform projects to create their own miracle.

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