Social Responsibility

As much as there has been a dedication to producing top quality wine at La Motte since its acquisition by Dr. Rupert in 1970, the estate has also shown a distinct responsibility towards uplifting and empowering its people.

These values have been passed on to present-day owner Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and her husband Hein Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the estate. Initiatives for development and self-sufficiency have been established and La Motte has become a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

With the development of a modern village, Dennegeur, for its worker community, La Motte has reiterated its commitment to improving the quality of life of employees. Facilities such as a health clinic managed by a resident nursing sister, a crèche for employees’ children and training facilities adhering to the principles of Specialised Education and Training in Agriculture (SETA) are available to all workers.

In recognition of its human ethics and the working conditions of employees, La Motte was awarded accreditation by the Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA).

La Motte, in co-operation with other Rupert family farms, developed a modern village, Dennegeur, for its workers a short distance from La Motte in the town of Franschhoek. Design and construction were based on input from would-be residents.

Key to Dennegeur is the transfer of home ownership to farm workers. Apart from the comfortable family homes, Dennegeur comprises comprehensive care, training and sport facilities.

A day care centre offering the full-time services of a trained nursery school teacher is available to pre-school children on the farm. An after-school centre also helps older children to do their homework and conducts additional classes in the afternoons. A training centre, including a library, offers development opportunities in terms of farming as well as general life skills such as literacy and personal financial management. A clinic with its own resident nursing sister is also available, while modern sport amenities cater for all ages.

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