They say, “time flies when you’re having fun”, and what a busy year 2017 has been for our vineyard team. As I reflect on the past year, what stood out to me the most is the amount of passion and effort the team puts into the jobs they love… distinctively taking longer on jobs that they are not so fond of…
While we are grateful for the hard-work and dedication displayed by ALL team members, we would like to congratulate ANDREW MALOY on winning the AYAMA WORKER OF THE YEAR, 2017.
When one thinks of Andrew, one can’t help but connotate his name to the blue Landini tractor which he skilfully drives (except on those rare blue Mondays when our Chenin block is missing a vine or two).
Not a man of many words, but rather action, Andrew takes pride in his work and is always respectful to those around him. His steadfast, but silent nature sets him aside from others, allowing his work to speak for itself. This was evident when he came first in the AYAMA Pruning Compeition 2017, claiming his title as the number one pruner on the farm.
This interview was a bit different, as Andrew isn’t really one to speak. Between my ‘englikaans’ and Andrew’s timid personality, we were able to successfully complete the interview. This is what he had to say:
Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AT AYAMA?
ANDREW: “Joh, al baie lank, iets soos 27 jare. Van Mrs New se dae af.”
“Very long, something like 27 years. From the days that Mrs New owned the farm.”
(these pictures will be a surprise for him!)
Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT THE FARM?
ANDREW: “Nee, vir my is dit lekker om met die span te werk, want ons verstaan mekaar baie hierso.
Ek hou ook baie van pars, want dis n vol dag se werk”
“For me, I enjoy working with the team, because we have a good understanding. I also
enjoy harvest, as it is busy and it’s a full day’s work.”
Q: WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY SINCE WORKING AT THE FARM?
ANDREW: “Ek het myself baie geniet met die sports wat ons gedoen het. Ons het gehardloop en
so. Ook wanner ons uitgegaan het.”
“I really enjoyed myself when we did sports, we used to run against each other. Also when
when we went on outings.”
Q: AYAMA IS isiXhosa FOR “SOMEONE TO LEAN ON”, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU?
ANDREW: “ Vir my beteken dit dat ons kan staat maak op mekaar vir enige iets.”
“To me it means that we can depend on each other for anything.”
Q: HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WON AYAMA WORKER OF THE YEAR?
ANDREW: “Ek het baie bly en opgewonde gevoel. Ek het nie gedink dit sal ek wees nie. (Andrew says with a shy smile on his face). Ek het net my naam gehoor.”
“I felt very happy and excited. I didn’t think it would be me. (Andrew says with a shy
smile on his face.) I just heard my name.”
We have already started with our evaluations for 2018 in hopes of motivating the team and getting them back into the swing of things for the upcoming harvest season. We wish all our workers goodluck for the 2018 Worker of the Month Competition. We are all holding thumbs to see who will be crowned the AYAMA WORKER OF THE YEAR 2018!