Martha Klaas got a special mention at the 2019 SA Olive Awards during the announcement of the 2019 mentorship programme winner. And it is easy to see why. Martha is a strong woman with a big dream, and she does not hesitate to share her knowledge and time with others. She embodies the meaning of Ubuntu – something she learned at the feet of her mother whilst growing up in Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape. Besides being a general worker at Waverley Hills Farm, she also assists in bridging language barriers at work and in her community by acting as an interpreter.
When asked about the effect the mentorship programme had on her life, Martha said it helped her make better decisions in both her work and private life. It also gave her tools to solve problems. She said she still wants to go far and her ultimate dream is to be a social worker.
Martha came to the Western Cape as a young woman working in temporary positions. Twelve years ago she was taken into the fold at Waverley Hills Farm and with their support, she has gone from strength to strength and is keeping her dreams very much alive.