Waitrose Foundation At Work

Health and Well-being: Vaccination opportunities for agriworkers in South Africa

August 2021

Our grower partner Nel Brothers in the Northern Cape recently made their facility at Rooipad farm available and worked together with the Department of Health and their clinic partners to assist with the vaccine roll-out in the region. It is an excellent example of how this kind of collaboration can make a practical difference in rural communities where access to health services is not always readily available.

Similarly Groep 91 Uitvoer in Letsitele, Limpopo joined forces with the Mopani District Department of Health in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On 5 August more than 500 of their own employees and those from surrounding farms were vaccinated. At this occasion the new National Minister of Health, Mr Joe Phaahla, and Limpopo MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, were in attendance and witnessed the day’s proceedings.

Included here are photos from Auldearn farm in Grabouw and De Keur in Ceres in the Western Cape also providing vaccination facilities to their workers. It is encouraging to see how many of our grower partners are prioritising the health and well-being of their work force and doing everything they can to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spread and the potentially devastating impact on their communities.