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Stellenbosch businessman empowers farmworkers with stake in Enaleni Vineyards

CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies team paid a visit to Enaleni vineyard near Stellenbosch on Wednesday.

Enaleni farm is owned by 23 shareholders who are all farm workers on the estate. The farm grows grapes that are sold to wine cellars to produce quality wine.

The farm is a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) project and funds generated from the grapes directly benefit the family and workers of the Enaleni farm.

As a way of showing his appreciation, Schalk Visser, the owner of Nagenoeg Landgoed gave his farmworkers a portion of the farm.

I just wanted to leave something behind for them.

Schalk Visser, owner of Nagenoeg Landgoed

In 2008, I started the process of dividing one portion of the farm that one day their children and grandchildren can say my parents were not just farm workers but were farm owners as well.

Schalk Visser, owner of Nagenoeg Landgoed

WATCH: The inspiring story of Enaleni Vineyards

Visser says that Enaleni Vineyards is now in joined venture with Stellenbosch Vineyards and that Enaleni's wine is currently sold in Tesco in the United Kingdom.

After Visser lost his father when he was 21-years-old, he had to take over the operations of the farm with no experience whatsoever. He says the farmworkers helped him to get where he is today.

Stellenbosch Vineyard will take over the mentoring of the workers from Vissser. The workers will be taught about the marketing process and how to run the wine business.

Picture: Schalk Visser and Wilhemina Pietersen

Wilhemina Pietersen is the Administrative Secretary of Enaleni Vineyards. Pietersen was born on the farm and started working on the farm as general worker but now she is a proud owner.

Now that I’m on my own, I must think responsibly. I will look after my colleagues and friends also make sure that the job is done properly.

Wilhemina Pietersen, Administrative Secretary of Enaleni Vineyards

Pietersen expressed gratitude towards Visser for all he has done for them and for helping them with the running of Enaleni.


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