16 November 2012
Problem – Land Claims that fail
Land redistribution has not worked. You simply cannot give land back to people, who in their formative years were terribly afflicted by apartheid, as say "off you go" expecting it to work.
Opportunity – Reset the social fabric through business, education and conservation.
We are interest in resetting the social fabric of rural communities, where the current model sees extensive migrant labour – people leaving their rural homes to go work in the cities. We want people to work and live in their communities and raise functional families. Beyond employment and empowerment, we want a sense of community. You can’t raise a family when you only see them twice a month.
Solution – Partner with land claimees in a new way
Our focus is land claimed areas are capable on becoming game reserves. Traditionally business, communities and wildlife have competed with each other. Our model sees that one can’t prosper without the others. The communites contribution is committing their land to conservation. Our contribution is bringing business and education to them. It’s real conservation, its real upliftment and it provided solutions to complex problems.
Why us – Experience, Track record, Commitment.
BFG is such a successful business within the retail and point of sale industry. We are relocating our businesses to the Greater Mayibuye Game Reserve where is are partnering the 455 beneficiaries who have had foresight to unity together and embrace us. They want a better future for themselves. This starts with the building of an 800 square meter factory and studio which we want completed early 2013. We have 16 year history of working with communities and conservation. We currently have two projects, The Royal Zulu Biosphere which is approximately 25 000 hectares in size and link Thula Thula Private Game Reserve to Hluhuew Umfolosi game Reserve and the Greater Mayibuye Game Reserve which extends from Camperdown to Warthog in Inanda Dam and is of a similar size.
"BFG allows businesses to participate in the most important community upliftment and conservation initiative in this country’s history" – Lawrence Anthony
Motto: Do Good, Do Well
Education - In conjuction with MIET, an eductation driven NGO, we are building a 980 meter square, educgtion centre on Mayibuye which will provide a facility which all school in the area can tap into as well as provide for adult education with specific focus on skills training. Syllabuses taught here will be those of the Earth Organisations, the Mr Price Red Cap foundation and Ezemvelo Wildlife. The skills training we intend focusing on will be thoses while w can place within our projects, as well as thoses for while we feel demand exists for within the market place.
Creche's - We support 3 creches in the Greater Mayibuye Game Reserve. Where we provide 2 meals a day to over 200 children, constantly striving to better their opportunity.