WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
My dad has always encouraged me to be independent and go for what I want. Never let anyone convince you it’s out of reach, he says.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY IF YOU COULD?
I wouldn’t change much. Mistakes are opportunities to learn.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE?
Supplying companies like Spar and Checkers, even when it’s through a third party, is an achievement. I am proud of the fact that I’ve grown from where I started and maintained consistency.
WHO HAS MADE THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR SUCCESS SO FAR?
My parents, Rex and Constance Mametja. They continue to play a crucial role in my business as my mentors and supporters.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURS?
I have an excellent relationship with all my neighbours, especially my parents.
WAS IT A STRUGGLE TO OBTAIN FINANCING? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER OTHER FARMERS IN A SIMILAR POSITION?
Yes, it was and still is a big struggle. My advice is to be persistent and never to give up. These things take time. Keep knocking on those doors.
DO YOUR INPUT SUPPLIERS PLAY A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE BUSINESS?
Yes. I source most of my products through my clients, so their recommended suppliers give me advice to ensure that my produce meets the required standard.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE IF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY?
We would like her to avail the resources meant to assist farmers at provincial level, especially for youth-owned businesses. The minister should make time to visit farmers to understand our challenges.