“We encourage students to become doctors, lawyers or accountants but not farmers. Why is this?”
Very good question, and one that bothers the dynamic young farmer Keneilwe Raphesu, who herself once thought that she would become a big-shot economist. “Is it not a profession? Is it only suitable for a specific gender, is it not financially rewarding or is it for the uneducated? Hmmm…”
She has every right to ask the question, as she eventually followed her heart into mixed farming and has been giving it her all in North West ever since. She was even announced as the RPO/NERPO Emerging Farmer of the Year last week and said, “No amount of words can describe how I’m feeling right now. Grateful for the journey and support thus far. It can only be God. Grateful for my father for being by my side every step of the way. Every award I get; it’s because of his teachings.”
And if the prestigious award is not enough to convince you of her passion, these pictures definitely will.
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