Up close and personal with Jeremia Mathebula


WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

Stay focused. Before you decide, make sure you have done your research so you won’t regret it. Consult others to make informed decisions and learn from the mistakes of others.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?

I should have consulted with the experts before I started producing grains during my first year of farming.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE?

Being able to grow the business from where it was when I started and reaching a commercial level.

WHO HAS MADE THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR SUCCESS SO FAR?

My dad, from whom I’ve inherited this passion. My mentor, Tito Vorster, as well as TWK Agri and GFADA. But most importantly, my beautiful wife, Thandi, who handles the financial and administrative side of things.

WHAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP DO YOU HAVE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURS, AND DO THEY PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR BUSINESS?

Our relationship is good. We share a lot of information and assist one another in times of need.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER SOMEONE WHO IS TRYING TO SECURE FUNDING?

Keep records and work hard. Have the right attitude – do not be negative. To make money, you must be prepared for a long, difficult journey.

DO INPUT SUPPLIERS LIKE ANIMALHEALTH COMPANIES HAVE AN IMPACT ON YOUR FARM?

They play a huge role, especially TWK Agri, which provides a number of services such as agronomical guidance, finance and the maintenance of my equipment.

HOW IMPORTANT IS ORGANISED AGRICULTURE TO YOU?

Organised agriculture, particularly commodity-based groups, play a significant role in the development of farmers. Grain SA is among those that made an huge impact on my business.

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