MD Foundation (Pty) Ltd was formed in 2010 when 5 family-owned farming operations rallied together after each individually reached a point where change was inevitable. They relinquished all their private possessions and ambitions so as to position themselves efficiently with a common purpose.
This self-identified purpose is the social and economic development of the local community through their agricultural enterprises, which they simplify by stating that they are making God’s Kingdom visible on earth. Currently, MD Foundation employs approximately 200 individuals upon which approximately 2500 people depend on for financial support. Their current farming divisions include MD Dairy, MD Ranching, and MD Agri.
MD Foundation is purposefully aligned to facilitate job creation and to produce high-quality food products to address the immediate threat of food shortages. The world has changed overnight, and we must be able to adapt accordingly in a very limited timeframe. MD Foundation has strategically positioned itself among a network of high impact organisations and different role players, such as Touching Africa, which enables the company to effectively address the immediate challenges that Africa faces.
MD Foundation and its different divisions are managed by highly skilled individuals with many years of invaluable experience in their fields of expertise. In essence, we carry with us four generations of cumulative farming experience, and the current divisional managers have between 15 and 35 years of farming experience. Each division is managed as a separate entity, which allows us to monitor and evaluate their performance and profitability individually. The operational profits generated in these divisions are invested into Missio Dei, a separate non-profit enterprise that is responsible for the management of the humanitarian mission. In and amongst themselves, the management structures of Missio Dei possess extensive experience in effective and efficient socio-economic development.
MD Foundation represents a community of believers with the common purpose of making God’s Kingdom visible on earth with focus on the AGRI fraternity in the Ficksburg area. Through farming and conducting business MD aims to create work, train and uplift people, and care for the poor and sick in the community. The MD vision is to change the entire region and community, hence the opportunity as a pilot project to realise MD as an Agri Hub, not just as a large commercial farm but rather a changed community with agriculture as a starting point.
MD Foundation (Pty) Ltd. is an existing agricultural and community-oriented entity. Their current farming division includes MD Dairy, MD Ranching, MD Golden Fleece, and MD Agri. They operate in the Ficksburg area, nestled in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains on the Lesotho border and deep in the heart of South Africa.
The Foundation operates their social upliftment programs under an NPO – Missio Dei. Their upliftment programs comprise out of a school with 10 fulltime teachers and 120 children, a clinic where the community can see qualified sister and get their monthly prescriptions, and a hospice which can accommodate 15 sick and elderly people where they can heal under the watchful eyes of qualified care givers. They give special attention towards education and MD started Remedial classes where children in grade 3 in numerous townships over South Africa are being assisted with English language and mathematics education.