Chicken Industry

Retrenched workers back in the poultry business

Here’s another good news story. Retrenched poultry workers have built a small but thriving business in Cato Ridge, near Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, and they have plans to expand further.

It was in nearby Hammarsdale that nearly 1 300 workers were retrenched in 2017 after a Rainbow Chicken operation was cut back because of the impact of dumped chicken imports.

A group of workers has developed a co-operative poultry farm, with the support of the eThekwini municipality and the Department of Economic Development.

They are currently rearing 7 500 chickens and plan to expand to the plant’s capacity of 34 000. They might also branch out into egg production. Entrepreneurship at its best.

Image: Laid-off RCL worker Thokozane Thabete addresses the FairPlay Social Support Summit in 2017.