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Free State farmer works to mend relationships

In episode 3 of 'Vir die liefde van die land' viewers meet Wessel Bibbey, who actively works to boost the next generation of black farmers


After a life-changing moment that turned his world upside down, livestock farmer Wessel Bibbey, took it upon himself to press the reset button and do things differently.

With the second chance the Free State farmer was given after suffering a heart attack, he decided to form a partnership with his agriworkers and bought a farm for them to cultivate themselves.

“I think the great need in the country is relationships, if relationships on farms can be repaired, then there is hope for us,” Bibbey says in the third episode of Vir die liefde van die land (“For the love of the land”). A brand-new agricultural show that has taken Mzansi by storm.

The popular new DStv show is hosted by Food For Mzansi’s co-founder Ivor Price and Piet Potgieter, manager of developing agriculture at the VKB Group. New episodes are broadcasted every Thursday at 18:00 on VIA, channel 147.

Investing in the people who toil his land

In the episode Bibbey can be seen sharing details of his love for agriculture, why he develops agricultural students and the reason behind forming a partnership with his agriworkers.

Pictured: Ivor Price, Vir die liefde van die land host with Free State Wessel Bibbey and his son. Photo: Supplied.
Pictured: Ivor Price, Vir die liefde van die land host with Free State farmer Wessel Bibbey and his son, Wessel Jr. Photo: Supplied.

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Bibey grew up on the farm he still farms on today. He also shares with viewers intricate details of his father’s passing and how his mother was forced to take charge of the farm in the early 90s.

He also talks with Price and Potgieter about his health issues and a heart attack at the age of 30 which brought a new outlook on life.

Training the ‘new farmer’ with VKB

Viewers can also look forward to hearing from Moses Maine, the director of transformation at VKB. In the episode he talks about the training their agricultural enterprise offers to new or previously disadvantaged farmers. The training exposes them to modern farming practices, Maine says.

The episode featuring Bibbey airs Thursday, 15 October at 18:00 on VIA, DStv channel 147 with further repeats on Fridays at 00:00 and 06:00 and Sundays at 20:00. 

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Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.


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