Thaba Tholo understands that in order to ensure the best results, the best staff must be employed, trained, and supported. It is for this reason that Thaba Tholo believes in ensuring that our staff is provided with working conditions that match their excellence.
Due to the size of the reserve and the often long hours of work, Thaba Tholo houses its staff and their families in four villages located on company property outside the main reserve.
This means that at the end of the working day staff is able to return to their families and enjoy a normal social life. Each home is provided with electricity, water, and sanitation services, subsidized by Thaba Tholo.
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Kesarona Primary School is a model C school located on the Thaba Tholo property itself. It is largely funded and administered by employees of Thaba Tholo, together with the Department of Education, and is open to the children of the surrounding community.
Located north of the farm, Reenpan Primary School is also supported by Thaba Tholo.
Tswhelapele (Ysterpan) Primary School and Groenvlei Secondary School are additional schools in the area, which are also supported financially and administratively by Thaba Tholo. More than 700 children in the area successfully attend these two schools. In 2014, the pass rates for these schools ranged as high as 85%.
Spitskop Special Needs School is located in Thabazimbi and is the only school of its kind in the Province to provide care to children diagnosed with learning problems such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, and other developmental conditions.
Thaba Tholo’s commitment to education also extends to its staff members, some of whom are unable to read or write when joining our team. We have partnered with the ABET Adult Education program for after-hours adult literacy education.
Thaba Tholo also funds a staff internship program that assists students with the costs of conservation studies at various universities and institutions. Qualifying students gain extensive experience in areas such as intensive breeding programs, agriculture, habitat management, security, game capture, animal husbandry, logistical support, maintenance, and game auctions.
At Thaba Tholo, we believe in ensuring that our employees are provided with both health care and advice. Thaba Tholo staff have access to preventative health care for high-risk diseases as well as nutritional assistance and advice. Where necessary, secondary care assists those employees with chronic diseases or conditions, including the monitoring of medication and attending regular check-ups.
Due to the increased risk of poaching, security is of the utmost importance. We believe that the best line of defense against poaching and general crime is the sense of loyalty and ownership from our employees, who themselves are drawn from Thabazimbi’s local communities. Our security team is trained to the highest international standards and works closely with the South African Police and the Anti-Poaching Units. Our work in security focuses both on our local area as well as on a national basis.
Thaba Tholo believes in the long-term sustainability of its wildlife programs and projects, and as such, great care is taken to improve the quality of the habitat and to ensure that any farming activities are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Thaba Tholo produces the majority of its own feed and has recently expanded its agricultural farming activities to include crops, which will be grown using electricity generated from our own solar farm. We have also recognized the need for more diversity in our operations and thus have embarked on agricultural projects that not only support our primary business but also promote sustainability and reinvestment in local produce.