When the going gets tough, farmers are on familiar territory

Wheat field

Rising to the COVID-19 challenge and planning ahead

South African farmers are old hands at adapting to uncertain and daunting circumstances, and our local agricultural industry has proved to be most enterprising in acclimatising to challenges as they arise. The COVID-19 outbreak should be regarded as an urgent call for employers to take proactive care of agricultural workers, who are integral to our nation’s food production.

“In this country we are most fortunate to have such resourceful and hardy individuals, farming communities and companies working to ensure the security of South Africa’s food supply during the current national disaster and beyond. Providing your essential services during the COVID-19 lockdown is a great service to our country,” says agricultural economist Dr Kobus Laubscher, an independent agricultural consultant to Agility Agri.

Agility Agri provides a fully integrated human capital risk management and employee benefit solution tailored to the specific requirements of South African agriculture, which is especially relevant in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and its potential impact on the industry.

“Our farms, as microcosms of society, will be stirred by the winds of change brought about by COVID-19 and it is very likely that it will leave an indelible mark on the way we see and do things going forward. The industry’s history is littered with disasters and ‘almost disasters’ that we have adapted to and that have now become part of our daily lives.

“Rising to the challenge presented to agriculture in these uncertain times will require courage and agility. In tough times, often social cohesion can be borne out of a strong sense of shared common purpose. Times like these, either bind teams and organisations closer together – or things irreparably fall apart.

“It is our duty to work together to continue to feed the nation, come what may. We need to embrace the challenges that will inevitably come our way as opportunities to not only test resilience, but to make our processes, systems, policies and people stronger and better equipped for the future.

“At farm level, we should be asking ourselves, what more can be done to not only make the world more liveable in the present situation, but also to safeguard the people we rely on from various risks, which are by no means restricted to COVID-19,” Dr Laubscher points out.

“COVID-19 is highlighting the importance of the employer being aware of the wellbeing of everyone involved in their operations, and making provision to ensure their wellness, as this is essential for the team’s collective ongoing productivity.

“For too long, responsibility for healthcare has been conveniently relegated to the state and if there was no achievement, it was easy to point fingers. It’s time for us to reflect on how we, as farmers or agricultural business owners, contribute to the health status of the people who work for us,” he advises.

“If it takes a crisis like the Coronavirus to serve as a reminder of the inherent value of the agricultural workforce, we should not miss this important lesson,” Dr Laubscher concludes.

Agility Agri is a tailor-made and integrated employee benefit and healthcare solution for the agricultural industry across all income levels and across all spheres of the agricultural industry.  Unique solutions include specific benefits for the non-metropole areas, focused healthcare networks for the rural areas and a rewards programme (Agility Rewards) that provides free benefits to all levels of income that is accessible across all regions of South Africa.

Healthcare cover includes ten different medical scheme options on Health Squared Medical Scheme, seven options on Agility Gap and CoPay cover and low income primary care through Agility StaffCare. Even seasonal and contract workers can be provided with access to appropriate medical care through the flexible rechargeable Agility Healthcard, which can either enhance existing healthcare benefits or provide basic healthcare benefits to non-covered employees, as and when they are contracted. 

Agility Life and Agility Retirement Fund Solutions combine efforts to provide an integrated solution for retirement planning and adequate, very affordable life, disability and other group cover.

For more information: https://agilitydistribution.co.za/



Latest


16 Feb 2021
Transition management services partnership announced

Standard Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chicago-headquartered financial services company Northern Trust, to partner on the…

Transition management services partnership announced

Standard Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chicago-headquartered financial services company Northern Trust, to partner on the delivery of transition management services across Southern Africa. Under the partnership, Standard Bank’s clients will gain access to Northern Trust’s full suite of transition management services. Transition Management is a…

16 Feb 2021
Tax free wealth creation with property funds

By Liliane Barnard, CEO and Portfolio Manager at Metope Investment Managers, and Aimee Glisson, Director: Operations, Performance & Risk at…

Tax free wealth creation with property funds

By Liliane Barnard, CEO and Portfolio Manager at Metope Investment Managers, and Aimee Glisson, Director: Operations, Performance & Risk at Metope Investment Managers The tax year, along with the deadline for an investor’s maximum R36 000 annual tax-free savings account contribution, comes to an end on the 28 February 2021. Investors…

16 Feb 2021
Why multi-manager investing is popular

Multi-management has been around for over two decades. This investment management approach is popular among many investors because it promises…

Why multi-manager investing is popular

Multi-management has been around for over two decades. This investment management approach is popular among many investors because it promises to deliver smoother, more consistent investment returns, despite cyclical turbulence of financial markets. Given last year’s drastic swings in financial markets and continued uncertainty on how the Covid pandemic will…

16 Feb 2021
Momentum Health Solutions unpacks COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan

Momentum Health Solutions announced its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out strategy and how it intends to support both its members, as well…

Momentum Health Solutions unpacks COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan

Momentum Health Solutions announced its COVID-19 vaccine roll-out strategy and how it intends to support both its members, as well as the uncovered population, in being vaccinated. As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, a third wave is imminent, should the vaccination rollout not commence soon. Speaking at a recent…


Top stories


10 Sep 2020
How too much choice is draining your brain

By: Paul Nixon, head of technical marketing and behavioural finance at Momentum Investments From the words of Francis Scott Key…

How too much choice is draining your brain

By: Paul Nixon, head of technical marketing and behavioural finance at Momentum Investments From the words of Francis Scott Key that dubbed America “The land of the free”, which stuck, to the unforgettable Mel Gibson monologue where an army of painted Scots were willing to trade their lives for the…

13 Apr 2020
Investors should keep a reasonable investment allocation outside of SA

MoneyMarketing asked Roland Gräbe, the head of Tailored Fund Portfolios at Old Mutual Wealth, about offshore investments in the COVID-19…

Investors should keep a reasonable investment allocation outside of SA

MoneyMarketing asked Roland Gräbe, the head of Tailored Fund Portfolios at Old Mutual Wealth, about offshore investments in the COVID-19 environment and what form a global market recovery will take.

13 Apr 2020
SA’s Proposed Covid-19 Disaster Management Tax Relief

The National Treasury recently issued the draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill (Bill) for public comment by 15 April. The…

SA’s Proposed Covid-19 Disaster Management Tax Relief

The National Treasury recently issued the draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill (Bill) for public comment by 15 April. The draft Bill, together with its explanatory memorandum, provides clarity with regards the tax relief measures President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 23 March.

11 Apr 2020
Finding investment opportunities among the many COVID-19 risks

With many countries around the world in lockdown as they try to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the…

Finding investment opportunities among the many COVID-19 risks

With many countries around the world in lockdown as they try to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the global economy is facing an unprecedented situation of balancing health against financial livelihoods.


Visit the official COVID-19 government website to stay informed: sacoronavirus.co.za