08/03/2019SKA conducted an Impact Analysis on behalf of GIZ at the Global Business Accelerator programme of the Johannnesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Global Business Accelerator programme aims to capacitate small businesses to become export ready; and thereby stimulate economic growth and job creation.  

07/03/2019For the past year Marthane was one of the National Facilitators who worked on the Stronger Together programme in South Africa. This programme focussed on supporting employers and labour providers of all sizes in at risk sectors to deter, detect and deal appropriately with forced labour, labour trafficking and other hidden labour exploitation in their business and supply chains through guidance, resources, training and sector wide programmes. On Thursday 7 March a workshop was held at Joostenberg to mark the end of Phase 1 of the programme. Marthane participated in the workshop as a panel member in discussing “Risk areas for agri-industry: Cross- supply chain perspectives on key challenges and solutions to the risk of forced labour in the South African agricultural industry”.

20/02/2019On 19 February Margot and our new intern Faye visited the Organic, Fair & Ethical Trade Event at the CTICC. The event was hosted by the African Farmers Association South Africa (AFASA) and the delegation of the EU to South Africa. Participants included farmers, product experts, retailers, consultants and representatives from the DTI and DAFF, who were all engaged in constructive dialogues. South Africa has great potential to export to the growing organic, fair trade and ethical EU markets under the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). There was a focus on challenges many South African smallholder farmers face regarding market access, capacity building and certification readiness. It was a truly inspiring event and a great networking opportunity for SKA.

20/02/2019Meet Faye Hartman, SKA’s new intern! Faye is 20 years old and from the Netherlands. She is a third year International Food & Agribusiness (IFA) student at HAS University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. IFA is an English-taught international bachelor programme about sustainable business with a focus on food, crop or animal production. Faye just finished a half year minor programme on development and environmental economics and policy at the Agricultural University of Wageningen. The SKA team is very excited to have her with us for 6 months.

08/02/2019Working on harmonising the legislative environment for Access and Benefit Sharing as part of the Global Environmental Facility programme in South Africa.

06/02/2019Great workshop with the Hawks, NPA and NGO’s in KZN finding a remedy for Modern Slavery in the SA context.

14/12/2018This week SKA Consultant Margot did Fairtrade Awareness-raising; Workers’ Committee Training; and Fairtrade Premium Committee Training at Heldersig Farm in Paarl.

07/11/2018Last week SKA provided support to GIZ E4D in the developing of a Monitoring & Evaluation plan and Baseline Study for the Moringa outgrowers project in Limpopo, in cooperation with Botanica Natural Products. The Moringa Oleifera tree, which has been growing in South Africa for more than 500 years, is the source of two natural products that are increasingly popular in the global cosmetics and health market.

24/10/2018Over the past year, Kruger, Swart & Associates has been involved in a working group exploring how to effectively communicate the possibility of agroecological approaches and practises for the regeneration of agriculture in the South African context. This work culminated in a workshop held in Johannesburg On Monday 22 October and supported by GIZ. The purpose of this workshop was to start the development of a strategic plan for this group. Marthane Swart co-facilitated this workshop with Scott Drimie from Southern Africa Foodlab. Watch this space for updates on the development of this exciting initiative.

16/10/2018On 16 October Sandra Kruger and Marthane Swart started a one-month amfori BSCI training programme. amfori BSCI is an international support programme supporting the sustainable development of businesses for the past 4 years. amfori BSCI offers an innovative and well-resourced solution for a variety of local based businesses. Sandra and Marthane will during the course of this programme introduce participants to the amfori BSCI programme and will continue to work with them over the coming years to assist the development of their businesses within this system.

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