Rural Economic Development
Linking farmers to market · Business Trust's role

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  Cecilia Makamu, small scale farmer  
  Cecilia is one of the 200 farmers on irrigations schemes in the Bushbuckridge area near the Kruger Park that have received assistance from the Business Trust's Maruleng and Bushbuckridge Economic Development Initiative (Mabedi). Mabedi has helped Cecilia to improve her productivity and sell her produce to retailers in Hazyview. This has resulted in a three-fold increase in her turnover and provided work for other people, particularly during harvest season.  
Name Maruleng and Bushbuckridge Economic Development Initiative (Mabedi)
Strategic Partner The Department of Cooperative Governance.
Period Jan 2006 – Dec 2010
Budget R35million
Purpose To pilot a market-based enterprise development approach to local economic development in one of South Africa’s poverty nodes in Maruleng and Bushbuckridge.
  • R1,5billion in investment secured
  • 200 small scale farmers supported to improve productivity and turnover
  • 5,000 jobs secured or created
  • 16 partnerships established
      To learn more about the Business Trust’s Maruleng and Bushbuckridge Economic Development Initiative, click here
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