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Former security guard found prosperity in pig farming

Security guards are often underpaid and underappreciated. This inspired Noncedo Khawuleza-Ndzawuse to venture into farming with just three pigs on the Cape Town land where she has a shack. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Former security guard Noncedo Khawuleza-Ndzawuse started farming three years ago with only three pigs. Today she has 30.

Khawuleza-Ndzawuse says she quit her security guard job in order to earn more money and spend more time with her family.

She was working an 11-hour shift. “It was not healthy for me. I would come back [home] and head straight to bed. I missed important family events, and I could not make time for my kids.”

A feeding area of at least three meters wide is perfect for every two pigs. This is why pig farming is such a viable option for newbie farmers. Photo: Supplied
A feeding area of at least three meters wide is perfect for every two pigs. This is why pig farming is such a viable option for newbie farmers. Photo: Supplied

Khawuleza-Ndzawuse bought three pigs to start Ithemba Farm in Faure, 16 kilometres outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.

This is where she has a shack and a big piece of land. Today, the 41-year-old mother of three has 30 pigs. She sells the pork mostly to vendors of braai meat.

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“The business is doing well,” she says. “I saw an opportunity selling pigs. They grow easily and are not complicated to farm.” Her clients are business people who own tshisanyamas, mainly in Mfuleni and Khayelitsha.

“It is better to be your own boss than work for someone else,” she says. She learned about farming from her late grandfather in the Eastern Cape, who used to take her with him to attend to his livestock.

“I saw an opportunity selling pigs. They grow easily and are not complicated to farm.”

Ndzawuse says she feeds the pigs twice a day. Her challenge, however is access to water. There is no water on her plot and she has to fetch water by car from taps several kilometres away.

Also, she and her two employees slaughter the animals themselves and take the carcasses to a nearby butchery for slicing.

She makes about R7 000 per pig. “In order to make money you need to get dirty, and love what you are doing,” says Khawuleza-Ndzawuse.

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