The Glen College of Agriculture in the Free State is today expected to bestow Honourary Diplomas in Agriculture on the MEC for the Department Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Benny Malakoane and two long serving staff members as part of its centenary celebrations.
The awarding of the diplomas will take place during the annual graduation ceremony at the college which is situated about 30km north of Bloemfontein.
“The awarding of honorary Diplomas to individuals by the College is a historic moment and comes at a time when the college will celebrate its 100th year of existence,” said a statement issued by the provincial department of agriculture.
About 40 graduates will be awarded with Diplomas after completing their 3-year studies in various agricultural courses. The college will also bestow honorary Diplomas to two Glen Farm employees, namely Buti Jonas and Mayo Booi.
Jonas, according to the statement, joined the department in 1987 as a general worker at the Bull Testing Station. He has served in various sections within the farm and boasts 32 years of experience in agriculture with no formal education. He also conducts on-farm practical training for students.
Booi joined the DARD in 1983 as a general worker at Glen Farm maintenance team. He also served in various sections within the college and boasts 36 years of experience in agriculture with no formal education.