News _& Events_

News & Events

About the VDI

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GCBR training has commenced

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The first training on Combating Soil Erosion was held from 25 June to 29 June 2018. 10 learners attended the 4-day course (40% female participation). This course requires some classroom work but also in the veld for practical training. The next training on Combating Soil Erosion will be held from 16 July 18 to 20 July 2018 and 20 learners will attend this 4-day course.

Appointment of VDI Manager

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The VDI Board appointed Gerhardt Oosthuizen as Manager from end of June 2018. He is responsible for the project being executed with the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) and for implementation of the VDI strategic plan.

Gerhardt is a local farmer. He and his wife also run the Spekboom Restaurant in Vanwyksdorp. Gerhardt is the only VDI employee and is responsible for the implementation of the VDI Board plans. He has extensive business experience and has retired from running his own businesses in cities to the quiet country life of Vanwyksdorp.

Breaking Ground

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Earthworks have begun. In May 2018, earth-moving equipment and teams of local labour began pre-construction site clearing. Read More