Impact to Date

Through the years we embarked on a multitude of programs and efforts that had a positive outcome on the communities we ethically and sustainably source our produce from.

Limpopo

4 Beekeeping projects – 66 beneficiaries

Gauteng

1 Youth mentorship programme – 87 beneficiaries 3 Beekeeping projects – 20 beneficiaries 1 Beekeeping for the visually impaired project – 22 beneficiaries

KwaZulu Natal

1 beekeeping project – 16 beneficiaries

North West

2 beekeeping projects – 25 beneficiaries

The Local Village Future Gardens project was also successfully distributed across all 9 provinces in the country.

Through our Non-profit company; The Village Co Market we run a number of impact based projects that focus on sustainability in the food industry.
Vus’mzi beekeeping initiatives, Future Gardens and Thuo Nala youth rural youth mentorship programme.

Vus’mzi (Livelihoods & Environment)

Our innovative business model that links conservation (Natural resources), rural producer initiatives and markets in a mutually beneficial relationship and teaching communities how to derive a greater value from protect the environment as opposed to exploiting it through the establishment of community bee sanctuaries

12 communities livelihoods have improved

Future Garden (Education & Nutrition)

We nurture seedlings into strong trees through our African Banquet Table initiative, a flagship education drive aimed at teaching children the importance of indigenous crops, farming, and the urgent need to protect our planet for future generations through the distribution of easy to use hand and colouring books and seeds of indigenous food crops.

Book distribution
300 Schools
6000 Learners
Provinces

Thuo Nala youth mentorship programme (Rural Entrepreneurship)

Established out of a need to enable youth in rural communities with the aim of getting them to take part in developing the rural economy and effectively use their inherited land for optimal food production and Promote and support collective farming.

87 Youth from rural South Africa

Our Board

Non-Executive Board Members

Ms Zin Mabaso

Chairperson

Zin Mabaso is an accomplished business leader with over 25 years in senior executive roles, as Managing Director and Marketing Director in the FMCG industry. Zin has international experience leading complex food/agroprocessing companies that operate in multiple jurisdictions, that is in the African continent as well as in Europe. Ms. Mabaso has extensive board experience in South Africa and Internationally. Ms. Mabaso recently held 2 positions at Philafrica Foods as Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director Dadtco Philafrica. She was also a statutory director at Dadtco Philafrica B.V. in the Netherlands and a director at Dadtco Africa Mauritius. Zin Mabaso has spent the last 7 years managing and overseeing the commissioning of Cassava (Tapioca Starch) operations in the Netherlands, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, and Angola. Zin currently holds the position of nonexecutive director with ONQ Research, a leading CRO in Africa. She has held several non-executive director positions as a member of Audit, Remuneration, and SERC committees as well as chairing the SERC committees. Ms Mabaso is a founder and managing partner at AVCO (African Value Chain Optimisation) Food Processing, where together with her business partner she has been responsible for facilitating the rollout and optimization of Agro-processing projects in the African continent. In this current role, Ms Mabaso also consults to NPOs, organizations, and governments on Agro-processing projects. EXPERIENCE: 2021 to date: Director and Founder of AVCO Food Processing 2017: Chief Marketing Officer Philafrica and Managing Director Dadtco Philafrica 2016: Head of Marketing Consumer Brands Adcock Ingram 2013: Managing Director Breakfast Cereals Tiger Brands 2008: Managing Director Culinary Tiger Brands 2005: Marketing Director Culinary Tiger Brands EDUCATION: Masters in business administration (MBA) 2008 – Milpark Business School

Mr Christoff Oosthuysen

Board Member

Christoff is the Founding CEO of the Entrepreneurial Planning Institute, and works as coach & learning facilitator with various partners such as the Social Enterprise Academy, Crafts & Design Institute, TSiBA University, SEDA and IBASA.

He started his professional career in the adult literacy field in the 90's and launched various businesses since, including the award-winning newspaper BigNews, with a national circulation of 200 000. He is a Certified Business Advisor with over 25 years of experience in working with startup entrepreneurs, small business owners, social entrepreneurs and the practitioners supporting them.

Christoff supports both business leaders and other practitioners who are working as coaches, mentors, trainers and consultants for small businesses. Managers of Business Development Services (BDS), such as Enterprise & Supplier Development (ESD) & Entrepreneurship Programmes, use his services as programme designer and learning exchange facilitator.

He is known for applying new concepts such as "flow" and "strengths-based planning" to the business context; & for creating useful tools such as the Flow Canvas 1-Page Business Plan & the My Balanced Business diagnostic. His approach is explained in his book "Results! How to Succeed in a Fast-Changing World with a 1-Page Business Plan".

Ms Natalie Grundling

Board Member

A specialist compliance consultant since 2013 with main focus areas of B-BBEE, Skills Development Employment Equity compliance.
Natalie has vast experience in B³E² consulting for both Qualifying Small Enterprises and Generic Companies, Natalie also compiles and submits employment equity reports to the Department of Labour on behalf of these companies as well as workplace skills plans and annual training reports to the relevant Seta’s.

Ms Mandisa Mathobela

Board Member

Mandisa is the country partnerships manager for UNICEF South Africa, she directs
leadership on corporate and private-sector partnerships and engages with other UNICEF
National Committees to explore regional opportunities for collaboration. Previously
Mathobela oversaw shareholder engagement at Old Mutual Limited, a 176-year-old
financial services firm based in Cape Town with 13 million customers and $70 billion in
assets under management, including $9 billion in low-carbon, resource-efficient
investments, part of her area of responsibility, and South Africa’s largest wind-farm project.
Mathobela wants to partner with UBank South Africa and work with local youth to launch
the African Youth Initiative for Climate Action Entrepreneurship (AYICAE), a job-creation and
consciousness-raising program to train unemployed youth and young people ages 18 to 35
for work in the growing green-energy space, including the solar, hydro and recycling
industries.

Beekeeping Communities

Our innovative business model that links conservation (Natural resources), rural producer initiatives and markets in a mutually beneficial relationship and teaching communities how to derive a greater value from protect the environment as opposed to exploiting it through the establishment of community bee sanctuaries.

Gauteng

Visually Impaired

North West

Limpopo

Education

Future Gardens Project – African Banquet Table

We nurture seedlings into strong trees through our African Banquet Table initiative, a flagship education drive aimed at teaching children the importance of indigenous crops, farming, and the urgent need to protect our planet for future generations through the use of our easy to use hand and colouring books .

Thuo Nala Rural Youth Mentorship Programme

It was established out of a need to empower and enable youth in rural communities with the aim of getting them to take part in developing the rural economy.

Up-skill the currently unemployed young people to effectively use their inherited land for optimal food production and Promote and support collective farming and collaboration between young farm/land owners