Grapes are highly perishable and most production practises and all harvesting and packing has to be done by hand. Farming with grapes is therefore extremely labour intensive and would not be successful without our experienced, skilled and motivated staff members. We therefore highly value their vital contribution to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring their well-being and living requirements.
We maintain good working relationships with our staff members through ethical practices and providing them with the opportunity for self-development and improvement through ongoing skills development and training opportunities. This level of commitment was recently illustrated when we achieved an “A” grading for our SIZA Ethical Audit as well as for our annual GRASP audit.
Modderdrift has a permanent workforce of 300 workers and during the harvest season Modderdrift farming employs an additional 700 seasonal workers. As our productions increase over the next few years, our staff component is expected to increase. The salaries we pay all exceed the minimum wage.
We currently provide more than 110 workers (35 families) with free housing, water and transport. We also provide free pre-school education for the children of our staff in our farm crèche and take care of the babies and pre-school children during the day when their parents are at work. The children receive meals at the facility and follow a recognised Early Childhood Development programme. Our crèche caters for children from three months until the youngsters are ready to go to primary school. We also provide after school care for the farm’s children until 16h00 each day.