Red hot chilli farmer – Eric Mauwane

Eric Mauwane has had his fair share of setbacks. But thanks to the guidance of mentors and the kindness of neighbours, he has survived the tough times and is now exploring opportunities to supply fresh produce for the international market. Eric tells Peter Mashala how a detour from his original plan to farm pigs turned him into a pepper champ.

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Up close and personal with Nonhlanhla Gumede-Shabalala

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? My dad told me that the earliest bird catches the fattest worm. Even today I still wake up very early. The mind is fresh in the early hours of the morning. You can do a lot of work in those hours.…

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Up close and personal with Nonhlanhla Gumede-Shabalala
She uses the double-stick planting technique to boost her sugar cane yields

Sugar cane queen builds her empire

Nonhlanhla Gumede-Shabalala gave up a blossoming career in banking to help her father through a crippling drought in 2010. The 35-year-old has not looked back since and is now the proud owner of a flourishing sugar cane farm worth an estimated R10 million, writes Peter Mashala.

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Sugar cane queen builds her empire
Nonhlanhla Gumede-Shabalala is the owner of Uthandimvelo Farm in KwaZulu-Natal. PHOTOS: PETER MASHALA

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