Community Projects

The De Wet tradition of sowing back into the land spills over to our workforce. As such we have initiated numerous sustainable community upliftment projects.

"We need our employees as much as they need us." – Freddie de Wet

The de Wet tradition of sowing back into the land spills over to our relationship with our workforce. We have initiated numerous sustainable community projects: 
  • Excelsior has established a crèche for children within our community. At the moment there are 20 children attending the crèche and they are looked after by two full time teachers paid for by Excelsior. The emphasis is on early childhood development. We believe that education is fundamental and the aim of the crèche is to ensure that children get a good start before going to school. •Excelsior initiated and part financed a computer room at the departmental preparatory school, adjacent to the estate. The school has 7 classrooms with approximately 30 children per class. 
  • Excelsior employs two remedial teachers at the departmental preparatory school and two local woman to supervise studying and homework in the afternoons. 
  • Excelsior employees are housed on the farm with two new houses built annually. Some employees have chosen to use the land around their houses to establish kitchen vegetable gardens. 
  • Excelsior maintains a rugby field and has built a hall for functions. We are very proud to be home to "The Evergreens" rugby team, which at 100 years old is one of the oldest rural clubs in South Africa. 
  • "Hendrik's Honey" is a BEE project run by Hendrik Fuller, a former Excelsior employee. He has established a series of beehives on Excelsior to produce delicious honey. Excelsior assisted with the set up costs and continues to assist with sales. 
  • Excelsior employees are given pastures, irrigated and maintained by Excelsior, on which to run their cattle providing them with an extra source of income. 
  • Excelsior employees are invited run their own stall on the farm during the "Wacky Wine Weekend". 
  • Excelsior assists employees with transport to Robertson on Saturday for shopping, as well as transport to clinics, church meetings and hospitals. 
  • Excelsior provides 2hectares of irrigated land for employees to grow vegetables.

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