Ceres Fruit Growers (CFG), the apple and pear packing business in the Ceres valley in the Western Cape, is a major employer in the region. Recently, at an event held at Waverley Hills Estate, CFG managing director Francois Malan recognised long service achievements in the business.

Three people, Lucinda Manuel, Izak Eksteen and Hester Smit, were honoured for their more than 40 years of permanent service in the business while Petrus Cloete, John Ackermann and Christopher Martin were honoured for their 30 years of long service and commitment to CFG.

Long service recognition

Malan says that since 1923, people have come to work at Ceres Fruit Growers to add value to grower shareholders, improve the lives of people, and work in harmony with the environment. “We congratulate our valued staff on their longevity in this business and the incalculable contribution they have made over these many years,” Malan says.

Seasonal workers are a mainstay of the fruit industry, which has only a few months each year to pick and pack fruit for the export and local market. Seasonal workers were also recognised at the event. Elizabeth Muller who has come to CFG for the past 30 years was also honoured.  

Other award categories

In the packer of the year award category, Yoliswa Jack of packhouse five, Xoliswa Tshambu of packhouse two, and Shaunnita Charles of packhouse three were honoured. Myron Uys’ outstanding post-harvest contribution was recognised. Sophy Natal received an award for her outstanding loyalty to the company while Laetitia Moggee was congratulated on her appointment to the Boland Senior Squash team.

CFG also recognised Sophia Januarie and Catherine Laban for their exceptional achievement in improved productivity. 

For their fundraising efforts in the CFG CANSA Relay for Life event, Jolene Malgas, Ahdela Kariem, Angeline Claasen, Sanna Jafta and Suraya Prins were honoured.

Shirly Sauls, Georhnathan Tshambu, Anthinië Stoffels and Catherine Laban completed the New Management Development Programme at the USB. They are photographed with Francois Malan on the far right.

Academic achievements

CFG also champions education and funds studies. Appie Sampson received his National Senior Certificate; Jerome Macpherson his qualification in Occupational Health and Safety; Rodney Mavhungu his National N Diploma in Engineering Studies; and Janlu Uys his BSc in Plant and Agricultural Science. Anton van Rooi was recognised as the best student achiever in the learnership programme while Mpendulo Donono received his qualification from the USB in the Management Development Programme. Shirly Sauls, Georhnathan Tshambu, Anthinië Stoffels and Catherine Laban completed the New Management Development Programme at the USB. Luzanne Dippenaar received her UNISA qualification in Advanced Labour Law.

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing is the largest exporter of South African apples and pears and is owned by Ceres Fruit Growers and Two-a-Day. Tru-Cape managing director Roelf Pienaar congratulated all on their achievements. – Press release, Tru-Cape Fruit Markering