MEET THE FARMERS

Seitshiro Marumoloe

The value of learning about farming from a young age is inestimable, but unfortunately the policies of the past separated many potential farmers from the generational knowledge that should have been their birthright. Seitshiro Marumoloe was raised by his grandparents, who were small-scale farmers, and exposed to agriculture from his early childhood. His grandfather and mentor Hendrik Segatle farmed maize and sunflowers on communal land at Springbokpan village, close to Mahikeng in the North West province. Today Seitshiro is a commercial farmer and the proud producer of white maize, small white canning beans and sunflowers, which he grows on his farm near Sannieshof and on communal land in Springbokpan.

Keith and Jacqui Middleton

Keith and Jacqui Middleton  have faced some tough challenges in 15 years of farming, but this has not weakened their determination to take their business to the top of the emerging commercial farming sector in the next ten years. The Middletons, whose farm African Joy is part of the Orange-Riet irrigation scheme near Jakobsdal in the Free State, farm with maize, lucerne and 10ha of pecan nut trees. They also run 150 Bonsmara cattle and 300 Merino sheep.

Keneilwe Raphesu

As a young woman, many people were sceptical that 24-year-old Keneilwe Raphesu had what it takes to assume control of her father’s 405ha enterprise in Holfontein. Yet the trust, knowledge and support from her dad – along with impressive skills acquired through the Sernick Emerging Farmers Programme – gave Keneilwe the tools to take the farming operation to new heights. Keneilwe was handed the reins of the cattle, pig and grain farm in 2020 when her dad, Dr Mamabolo Raphesu, resigned to focus on his political career.

 

 

Mlungisi Bushula

Forestry is often overlooked as a form of agriculture but is in essence tree farming at its best. To succeed, one needs patience and a very good sense of long-term planning. It’s a sector in which Mlungisi Bushula has found his feet since 2013. The 32-year old’s plans also include the wildlife sector and crop production in the Eastern Cape. “Forestry isn’t your normal farming operation, but it requires just as much hard work,” says Mlungisi.

Lavhengwa Nemaorani

Israel Nemaorani, a pioneer black farmer, started farming vegetables in Tshivhilwi outside Thohoyandou in the 1990s and took title to his land in 1994. In 1996 he began to transform the 202ha farm into what is today a successful black-owned commercial citrus farm. Sadly, Israel passed on in 2019. His son, Lavhengwa Nemaorani, intends to make his father proud and take the farm to greater heights.



 

 

 

Amos Njoro

Amos Njoro found his passion for farming by accident as a lack of funds stopped him from following his dream of becoming a teacher. Today, Amos is qualified in agriculture and runs a successful grain operation on several farms in Gauteng. He also runs an AgriSeta accredited company, Ya-rona Temo, which offers training and mentorship to many aspiring farmers across the country.

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