Few things are more satisfying for a farmer than when his son (or daughter!) returns to the family farm to carry on a legacy of hard work and success. It was no different when Clifford Mthimkulu joined dad Koos at the family’s mixed-farming operation in Senekal in the Free State in 2008. It’s a tough farming area: Your cashflow depends on maintaining a fine balance between crops and livestock.
The recent drought tested the Mthimkulus’ technical skills to the extreme. However, having survived the worst drought in a hundred years made handing over the farm that much more special for Koos, the first Mthimkulu in his family to be able to do so.