Following the 'Help a South African School' competition, organised by Hortgro, which represents South African growers of apples, pears, peaches, nectarines and plums, schools in the UK have donated English language books for rural schools in fruit-producing parts of the Western Cape.
Jacques du Preez, product manager at Hortgro, presented one of the first consignments of books to the De Rust Futura Academy, a school for children up to the age of 18 years from surrounding farming families.
"It's been fantastic presenting the book donations made by UK children to farming schools around the region, which are playing a vital part in educating and supporting farming families. The competition is about creating links between these schools and children in the UK and making a contribution to the process of transformation in the fruit growing industry in the process," he said.
"This competition was the result of many months of careful planning and execution, so it's great to see it finally come to fruition with the arrival of these books, which will be an invaluable resource for the schools in rural parts of South Africa. We are looking forward to building on the success of this project, when we launch it for a second year early in 2013."
Logistics specialist, Damco, shipped the books to South Africa and Hortgro distributed them.
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