|Name and background of
applicant / developer
|Herold Meander (Pty) Ltd, a 100% black-owned and Level 1 B-BBEE compliant entity, is the largest black commercial honeybush farmer in the Western Cape. It is a registered member of the N12 Treasure Route (an initiative of the Department of Tourism), Outeniqua Tourism Association, George, Oudtshoorn and De Rust Tourism, and is registered with Route 62.|
|Core focus sector||Agriculture, Agro-processing & Agritourism|
|Total project investment||ZAR70 million via phased
|Sources of funding||Public, private or donor funding|
|Possible incentives available||It is a compliant private farming development situated in a hops-dominated farming area with competitive leases and government blended financing development options.|
|Project status||Received Operation Phakisa Phase 1 approval for the proposed Aquaculture and Aquaponics project. Its Integrated Water Use License Application (IWULA) has been approved by the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation. Heritage and environmental approvals have been obtained. The town planning application was submitted to George Municipality to establish all the development rights.
The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries will facilitate the negotiations of a BioTrade Access Benefit Sharing agreement with the Indigenous Knowledge Holders as per the Kyoto Protocol. By the end of May 2020, they would have established 20ha of honeybush tea (max 30ha) and 15ha of proteas.
|Partnerships||Herold Meander’s farming initiatives are supported by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture via the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI – Exports and Marketing) and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC).|
|Full contact details of project lead||Theo Adams, +27 44 873 5333;
|Potential jobs created||Currently, 25 permanent and 10 temporary jobs have been created.|