From: Great Brak Info Facebook, 22 September 2016:
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FRIEMERSHEIM MULTI-PURPOSE CO-OPERATIVE!
On Monday 19 September the Western Cape Productivity Award 2016 (Gold Winner) for the Co-operative sector in the Western Cape was awarded to the Friemersheim Multi-Purpose Co-operative, situated in Friemersheim on the Fragrance Route.
The Co-operative has 12 members of which 6 are working on a honey production project. Their Gonna Honey (read more here www.gonnahoney.co.za) is already well-known - products were for the first time ever on sale at the recent George agricultural show. A honey bush tea project has also been started by 4 members to provide viable employment and income for as many people in the Friemersheim community as possible. Currently the Co-operative employs 6 people on a semi-permanent basis.
How were they nominated? “During 2015 the Friemersheim Multi-Purpose Co-op Ltd became a beneficiary of the Department of Agriculture (Western Cape)’s financial recordkeeping programme for farmers. The bookkeepers appointed for us analysed our performance using our financial records, and decided to nominate us to Productivity SA as a productive Co-operative.”
Here is an extract from the script used to introduce the Co-operative at the awards evening:
“The Co-operative has in spite of the drawbacks and difficulties faced in their community, streamlined their activities in a manner in which they could increase their own resources and improve their technical and managerial capabilities to safeguard the interest of their members.
With the assistance and interventions of SEDA, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and DTI they are running the Co-operative according to their constitution.
As a result of their Productivity Initiatives over the period 2013 to 2016:
• Sales Turnover % year-on-year growth increased by 113%
• Absenteeism improved by 75%
Friemersheim Multi-Purpose Co-operative realises the importance of quality products and service. The members see it as a corner stone of their business and its future and make every effort to continuously improve upon it.”