Cathedral Peak Outgrowers Project
The Cathedral Peak Outgrowers project is a first of a kind project to be implemented by the ADA given the new mandated of Agro-processing. The purpose of the project was to establish vineyards of 15 hectares each at the three (03) local communities of Emaswazini, Miya and Amangwane in the Okhahlamba Local Municipal Area. Currently 30 hectares of vineyards has been planted in Emaswazini and Amangwaneni communities.
The beneficiaries of the project are Emaswazini Community represented by Madlangampisi Co-operative, Amangwane Community which is represented by Inkosi Matiwane Trust and Miya Community which is still to be engaged for the next financial year. The project is being funded by ADA/DARD and COGTA.
The ADA has facilitated and entered into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Cathedral Peak Outgrowers Joint Venture for the implementation of the project on the ground on behalf of ADA.
The parties to the Cathedral Peak Outgrowers Joint Venture entered into an agreement to work towards the success of the project. The parties to the Joint Venture are namely Grain Hills, Amangwane Outgrowers represented by Inkosi Matiwane Trust and Amaswazini represented by Madlangampisi Cooperative.
It is envisaged that each community will benefit from the creation of 60 jobs each initially and 30 sustainable jobs per community thereafter during the maintenance period. Potential economics spin-offs from the tourism route being developed and expanded in the Bergville area. The community will further benefit from the proposed training to be roll-out over the next five (05) years
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Cathedral Peak Wine Estate (trading as Grain Hills Agri (Pty) Ltd) will serve the role as a mentor and off-taker of the grapes is a well-established wine estate within the Okhahlamba Local Municipal Area. They have the existing in-house technical expertise and existing established key industry strategic partnerships in the Cape Winelands in the Western Cape and Internationally. They have the institutional and financial management systems in place to appropriately and effectively manage the funds.
In addition, the project will benefit from the upgrade of the wine bottling facility which will be owned by the Glen Gray Farm Workers.