We are committed to maintain a supportive management culture and to encourage open communication in all our operations.

We have several ongoing initiatives to establish our position as a preferred employer in the agricultural industry. In addition to competitive salaries and performance based incentives for staff, these initiatives include an employee wellness programme, continuous upgrading of company housing and employee facilities, various corporate social investment initiatives and the provision of bursary and training schemes.

The group recognises that the expertise of its staff is central to the achievement of its regional growth strategy. Crookes Brothers is committed to ensuring that all employees are given the opportunity to develop to their full potential to meet their own aspirations and enhance the group’s value. To this end, Crookes Brothers has implemented a talent management system that aims to ensure that we attract and retain the best talent and skills available, that mission-critical positions and roles are staffed with key people and that a pipeline of talent and skills is provided for the future.

The maintenance and development of an adequate skills base is identified as a critical component in ensuring the sustainability of the agricultural industry. The group’s core strategic goal of continued expansion outside South Africa and across a range of crops requires an ongoing commitment to skills development. Our processes integrate selection and recruitment, training, coaching and mentoring, promotion and succession planning to meet our goals. Just under 900 staff were trained in the 2017 financial year.

Our farm manager development programme continues to create a talent pipeline from supervisory to farm management level. The programme is supported by internal on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring, as well as specific training courses offered by the Sugar Association of South Africa and other service providers. A similar programme is run for financial trainees.

The group has partnered with a local training and development provider to access learnerships within the construction sector for the Renishaw development. The Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) has allocated 25 learnerships to Renishaw Property Developments for the National Certificate: Building and Civils Construction, NQF Level 3 for 2017/18, with the aim of developing skills in the surrounding communities. Learners have been selected from the surrounding communities in the Umdoni district bordering Renishaw. The group has also partnered with a local organisation that focuses exclusively on the training, employment and economic mainstreaming of persons with disabilities in the agriculture sector. We are funding 10 disabled learners to complete a learnership in Plant Production in the 2018 year.