Franschhoek Wine Valley

Farm Worker of the Year Awards

2013

The 4th annual Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year prize-giving was held at the Oesfees at Solms Delta in Franschhoek on 23 March 2013. Since its inception the award has gained great momentum, with an enthusiastic crowd cheering as the finalists mounted the stage and the winner was announced.

Franschhoek Wine Valley, along with its wine members, initiated this award in 2010, giving recognition to their farm workers, all of whom have dedicated many years to this very successful wine producing area.

The Oesfees is not only an opportunity to celebrate the harvest of that particular year, but it is also the perfect platform from which to give vineyard workers recognition. Through this award the aim is to create role models amongst the farm communities and to enhance and promote the acquisition of vineyard skills.

Eleven candidates were nominated by the individual farms and were interviewed by an independent panel of judges. The criteria for assessment were dedication, knowledge, community involvement, responsibility and interpersonal skills. Although the final decision was difficult, Cornel Paulse from Glenwood proudly walked away with the trophy.

Cornel has been described as demonstrating great strengths in his professionalism, reliability, attention to detail and his ability to supervise his team and deliver a quality product within the agreed time. He is one of the friendliest, most courteous, positive and eager workers the panel of judges interviewed.

In addition to his dedication to his work, he is also very much involved in his community and church. He has a deep passion for youth development on all levels. Since starting at Glenwood he has equipped himself with knowledge of the vineyard processes and the general operations of the farm. His versatility as handy man, supervisor of 22 people and knowledge of farm activities such as spraying, irrigation, afforded him the much deserved title of Farm worker of the Year for 2013. Cornel Paulse is indeed a role model for many young people.

His fellow nominees, all of whom won a training course, were: Alfred James (Rupert & Rothchild), Donavan Krediet (Rupert & Rothchild), Saul Williams (Mont Rochelle), Clive Cupido (Mont Rochelle), Danie Cupido (Mont Rochelle), Denise Mapeto (Antonij Rupert Wines), Ivan Sauls (Noble Hill), Sabata Ndabeni (La Bri), Debra Paulse (Haute Cabriere) and Johan O’Ryan (Solms-Delta).

Franschhoek Wine Valley thanks Landua Du Val for their valued contribution and the Oesfees organisers for their support.

Back from left: Denise Mapeto (Antonij Rupert), Debra Paulse (Haute Cabriere), Johan O’Ryan (Solms-Delta), Ivan Sauls (Noble Hill), Alfred James (Rupert & Rothschild), Donavan Krediet (Rupert & Rothschild). Front from left: Danie Cupido (Mont Rochelle), Cornel Paulse (Glenwood & Winner), Clive Cupido (Mont Rochelle), Saul Williams (Mont Rochelle) and Sabata Ndabeni (La Bri).

2012

The 3rd annual Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year prize-giving was held at the Franschhoek Oesfees on 24 March 2012. This award is slowly but surely gaining great momentum, with a very appreciative crowd cheering as the finalists mounted the stage and the winner was announced.

Franschhoek Wine Valley, along with its wine members, initiated this award in 2010, giving recognition to their farm workers, all who have dedicated many years to this very successful wine producing area.

The Oesfees is not only an opportunity to celebrate the harvest of that particular year, but it is also the perfect platform from which to give these workers recognition amongst their own communities. Through this award we aim to create role models amongst our farm communities and improve service excellence.

Five candidates were nominated by the individual farms on which they work and were interviewed by an independent panel of judges. The criteria for assessment were dedication, knowledge, community involvement, responsibility and interpersonal skills. Although the final decision was difficult, Christie Davids from Anthonij Rupert Wines-L’Ormarins proudly walked away with the trophy.

An exceptionally motivated individual, Christie thrives on inspiring other people to never give up on their dreams. Christie’s hard work and sound human relations were noticed when he was promoted to farm foreman in the vineyard section, as well as being actively involved in community development initiatives. It is these special qualities, as well as his love for nature, his modesty and dedication to help fellow colleagues, which earned him this sought after award.

His fellow nominees, all of whom also won a training course, were: Angeline Karolus (Solms-Delta), Coman Daniels (Solms-Delta), Cornel Paulse (Glenwood) and Wayne Keyser (Noble Hill).

2011

The 2nd annual Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year prize-giving was held at the Franschhoek Oesfees on 26 March 2011. This award is slowly but surely gaining great momentum, with a very appreciative crowd cheering as the finalists mounted the stage and the winner was announced.

Franschhoek Wine Valley, along with its wine members, initiated this award in 2010, giving recognition to their farm workers, all who have dedicated many years to this very successful wine producing area.

The Oesfees is not only an opportunity to celebrate the harvest of that particular year, but it is also the perfect platform from which to give these workers recognition amongst their own communities. Through this award we aim to create role models amongst our farm communities and improve service excellence.

Eleven candidates were nominated by the individual farms on which they work and were interviewed by an independent panel of judges. The criteria for assessment were dedication, knowledge, community involvement, responsibility and interpersonal skills. Although the final decision was difficult, Frans Malies from La Petite Ferme proudly walked away with the trophy.

Frans goes about his work in a quiet dedication, getting up at 5am in the morning, rounding up men from all over Franschhoek to start work at first light. He has a strong administration skill (not seen in many farm workers) and keeps accurate record of all events, daily happenings and is a key person when it comes to input regarding improvements and changes in the vineyards. Not only is Frans very knowledgeable regarding his responsibilities and work but also has a thorough understanding of maintenance work and has made this part of his overall duties on the farm. Frans is seen as a leader on the farm and is well respected by his team. He is the “go to” man outside of the workplace and is known to make time for his community – whether it be fighting threatening fires in the mountains or night time callouts for example.

Frans, on his own initiative, commenced with a marketing course and is considering the completion of the course in the near future as his prize, over and above a substantial cash amount, included a training course of his choice.

His fellow nominees, all of whom also won a training course, were: Moses Daniel (Moreson), Isaac Mdeyi (Lynx), Ferdie Davids (L’ormarins), Jerome Jafthas (Holen Manz Wine Estate), Nicky Jacobs (Glenwood), Japie Williams (Solms Delta), Jaftha Johannes (Cabriere) Hannes Morris (Allee Bleue) Boy Adams (Cabriere) Aslam Solomons (Cabriere).

Franschhoek Wine Valley thanks Landau Du Val for their contribution and the Oesfees organisers for their support.

2010

Jacques Daniels of Franschhoek Pass Winery was the overall winner, who, besides receiving the training programme as part of his prize, also received cash, gift vouchers and a trophy. His fellow nominees included Susan Davids (Glenwood), Paul April (La Bri), Clive Cupido (Mont Rochelle), Saul Willemse (Mont Rochelle), Andries van der Westhuizen (Plaisir de Merle), Frederick Fischer (Solms Delta) and Jeffrey van der Merwe (Solms Delta).

For more information about these awards, kindly contact Jomine Johannes on 021 876 2861 or development@franschhoek.org.za


Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.

Disclaimer

Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.

 

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Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
7690

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861
info@franschhoek.org.za