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parents, Pieter and Magdalena Fortuin have been on this farm since 1991. After school I went to study further at Boland College and then had a few jobs, mainly working in customer service in shops, before deciding I wanted to work on the farm on which I grew up.” Fortuin says that she works on accounts, wages, filing and HR-related tasks and very closely with her colleague Hannelien Briekwa who does admin for Elandsrivier farm. “I enjoy being here on the farm”, Fortuin says, “it is close to my family and my daughter Quinique. It is also wonderfully quiet and peaceful.” Lakeview, like all farms that have their fruit packed and stored by Two-a-Day, has its apples and pears marketed through Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing.  As the largest exporter of South African apples and pears, Tru-Cape, which is owned by the growers of Two-a-Day and Ceres Fruit Growers and procures fruit from other growers in areas such as the Langkloof, is indirectly responsible AgriKultuur |AgriCulture through the successful sale of South African apples and pears for the livelihoods of more than 24,600 people in the Elgin, Grabouw, Vyeboom and Villiersdorp valleys.  Farm manager, Michael Jaarson says: “Knowing that we have a star such as Christel Fortuin taking care of the admin, HR and the finance aspects of the farm means that we can focus on growing the best apples and pears which will earn the highest prices in the market. I must credit Two-a-Day for recognising early on that Christel, among many others, would benefit from exposure to high-level training and skills.” Tru-Cape’s managing director, Roelf Pienaar says that the company is always glad to hear positive stories about farms that grow Tru- Cape fruit but a story such as this one about how a child of farm workers has developed and flourished and is living their potential is a remarkable one.  55