The first day of the month is always busy at Londolozi, and the arrival of spring yesterday made it busier still. In keeping with Londolozi’s commitment to empowering the people living on our borders, two new partnerships with local farmer’s associations were forged.
On Spring Day, chefs Jaco and Di headed into the communities surrounding Londolozi. They were guided by Moses Ndlovu, our head of Bush Banqueting, who has an intimate knowledge of small local businesses. They travelled to various local farmer’s associations and school vegetable gardens in order to establish a steady supply of the freshest locally produced fruits and vegetables for our guests and dedicated staff.
The Sabi River Farmers Association was the first great find. They are a group of five farmers with a diverse vegetable portfolio. They are highly flexible and prepared to grow whatever the lodge requires. Andrew, the chairman of the association, is very excited at the prospect of a direct relationship with Londolozi. He says he is tired of watching the farmer’s produce sold to middle men who then sell on to the game lodges. Selling directly to Londolozi means the association makes more, Londolozi pays less and, most importantly, our staff and guests eat the freshest fruit and veg possible.
Bambanani, which means “all together”, is a slightly larger association with fifteen farmers that employs twelve full time staff and many casuals They too will benefit from Londolozi’s huge demand for fresh produce and commitment to buying locally.
This dedication to buying produce from local farmer’s associations is a positive way for Londolozi to provide sustainable and empowering economic support to the people living around us. We are also able to serve freshly picked, wholesome and tasty fresh produce to our guests and staff.