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Model farm reaps the rewards


‘To really empower workers, they need to have the option of owning their own houses . . . ’

When neurosurgeon Mark Solms took over the ailing Delta fruit farm in 2001, it bothered him that none of his new employees would look him in the eye.

Craig MacGillivray, chief executive of the Solms-Delta operating company, says Solms decided to completely change how the farm was run. This process, and its remarkable success, has made the company a role model in a sector bedevilled by inequality and unhappiness.

This week, farm worker unions admitted they had lost control of wage strikes in the Western Cape, but say farmers have only themselves to blame for renewed violence.


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