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Three commercial farms in Hoedspruit (Blydevallei Boerdery, Landman Group, and Bavaria Fruit Estates) registered an agricultural training centre, called the Hoedspruit Hub in December 2016. As a social enterprise, the Hub endeavours to maximise positive environmental and social impacts alongside profit for its stakeholders. Through high-quality sector-appropriate and customised training that develops people, as well as investments in local communities and economies through skills development that support livelihood strategies, the Hub works to increase the resilience of the farming community in which it is situated.

The company is unique as a training centre because it operates as a social enterprise and takes an enriched training approach by using additional teaching and learning aids that make learning fun. With both GIZ (German Technical Corporation) and Flanders State of the Art (through the IDC) funding the start-up phase of the Hoedspruit Hub, it has built a creditable service-orientated reputation since its inception. The centre has AgriSETA accreditation and has created a design and development process that is ISO 9001:2015 certified, to custom-make training courses to solve the training and development problems of their clients and beneficiaries.

By the end of 2022, the Hoedspruit Hub has trained:

Total Trainees
Female Trainees
Youth (under 25)

Bursary Fund

The purpose of the Hoedspruit Hub Bursary Fund is to provide funding for talented but disadvantaged learners, primarily from the Hoedspruit area, to attend Lowveld Academy from Grade 7 to Grade 12 to develop their various talents maximally. The combined household income of the parents or caretakers of beneficiaries must be less than R10 000.00 per month. By 2021, there were 25 bursary holders. Contributors to the bursary fund are Blydevallei, Bavaria, Landman Vars Produkte, Komti Fruit Group, ArnoVision, IDC and the Citrus Academy.

What are the main objectives of Hoedspruit Hub Bursary Fund?

A sound and well-rounded education is an important element in providing learners with the foundation to make good decisions for their own well-being and grow into responsible future citizens who can positively contribute to the development of South Africa. All South Africans will benefit from such a scenario. The trust fund will provide for school fees, school uniform, hostel accommodation and opportunities for continuous remedial, support and enrichment programmes.

Selection Process

1. Application

Application forms are available on the first Monday in August from Hoedspruit Hub. The top 10 applicants are selected on the grounds of their application, based on their performance in their respective primary school second term (Grade 7) academic results. Performance and potential in English and Mathematics were of the most important criteria in the assessment of the applicants.

2. Assessment

These applicants are invited to the Hub on the first Monday in October, where they are assessed in terms of their potential to perform in Mathematics and English. These assessments, together with their results in other tests, are taken into consideration to compile a final shortlist of high potential applicants. Through this process commitment, motivation and perseverance were also assessed. These factors are crucial for success and were often ignored in previous programmes providing these types of opportunities.

3. Selection

A shortlist of applicants was compiled, and the final bursary holders selected.