Despite the challenges that farming may bring there is nothing else that 61-year-old farming mentor Barend "Barry" Nel would rather do than to be in the open air with muddied boots, working the soil. He believes that farming is in his genes, and he promises that he would never dissert it, even if he was offered an office job in Sandton.
Growing up on a farm in the Free State, 29-year-old Chrisjan van Tonder always knew that he would one day feed the nation. However, when the time came to take over and become the third generation to assume responsibility for the family farm, it was unexpected and under challenging circumstances.
The vegetable farmer is passionate about youth development and has grown her business, based in Rustenburg in North West, from subsistence to commercial level. Teke’s produce has gone on to benefit various families and schools in her community, and she also supplies a local lodge.
If you are younger than 35, you might join the Covid-19 virtual registration queue sooner than you think. This, as a Limpopo farmer and medical practitioner tells us, “It would be a catastrophic move to leave them behind.”
Pig farmer Nthabiseng Mathebula’s journey into farming was both based on a lifelong passion for animals and a desire to contribute to her family’s goals. After she finished matric, she had intended on fulfilling her childhood dream of going to veterinary school. Instead, she settled on animal production.
In 2018, Kgodiso Lebea was having difficulty balancing her diet. As a student, the future spice-blend entrepreneur needed all the nutrients she could get, nutrients she believed existed in the moringa plant.
The alcohol sales bans over the last 15 months have not only plunged wine and barley farmers in crisis. Furthermore, the illicit trade sales by volume have now overtaken the entire combined wine and cider sectors.
Every Friday, we feature one of the rising farm stars participating in the FarmSol Youth Ambassador programme. This week, we travel to the Free State to meet father-and-son team Lehotla and Morapidi Makoele, who are continuing their family legacy.
Food For Mzansi is an initiative to introduce South Africans to the unsung heroes of the agricultural industry. We unashamedly share success stories and good news from the farms and agri-businesses who feed South Africa. We believe in the power of agriculture to promote nation building and social cohesion by telling stories that are often overlooked by broader society.