Coega The milk of human kindness
Where, you might ask, and you’d be wrong. Coega is of course the on-again, off-again mega project on the blasted flatlands north of Port Elizabeth, aimed at kickstarting the development of the Eastern Cape, and will soon be the location of a R50million dairy plant owned and operated by the Coega Milk Producers Organization (CDMPO). The CDMPO is in turn owned by 13 commercial dairy farmers, who believe the plant will create 754 direct jobs and 200 farm jobs, and will grow their investment to R150million by the end of 2013. They are busily raising bucks for a 40% empowerment stake in the business, to be taken up in part by the Coega Empowerment Trust, which will be owned by employees, dairy farm labourers and preciously disadvantaged dairy farmers. The plant itself will be run sustainably, using 50% less water energy and chemicals than the norm.
Comment: Good work, those khaki-shorted chaps.