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“From high heels to gumboots”

30th Jun 2020

Kgomotso Ramatlo has swapped her high heels for gumboots and is not looking back. The saying that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” is attributed to Roman philosopher Seneca.  Kgomotso knows very well that had she been underprepared, she would definitely have missed out on the opportunity to supply a formal market. Formal […]

“We’re growing the farm and keeping it for our children.”

1st Jun 2020

About six years ago, Husna Raza took a calculated risk. She withdrew money from an investment account to pay down a large portion of a seven-hectare farm in Vischkuil, Gauteng. Her aim was to expand the existing family business by starting a poultry farm and supplying eggs to her husband, who is a bulk egg […]

How Kwazi became “Cabbage King”

27th Apr 2020

The shops he supplies call him the Cabbage King, says Kwazi Sibiya of Louwsberg, KwaZulu-Natal, smiling. “It’s because no one else growing cabbages around here can compete with the quality and quantity of my cabbages,” he explains. “One day, when my farm has grown even further, I intend to write a book called The Cabbage […]

Bongani Sibeko: “King of the Jungle”

19th Nov 2019

Our latest Star of Buhle, Bongani Sibeko, feels like “the king of the jungle”. “Farmers control everything in the world,” he says. “No-one starts the day, or ends the day, without eating something. All that we have, comes from farming.” Bongani farms cattle, sheep, chicken and soya on the farm Watervalsoek, in the Gert Sibande […]

“Attitude is more important than land size”

2nd Jul 2019

Bhefika Matshenja (34), of Inhlakanipho Projects and Farms, is proving that it is not only the size of the farm but also its arability, location and the aptitude of the farmer that determine its viability. Bhekifa received the Star of Buhle award – an award given to an outstanding graduate – at our graduation ceremony […]

Stars of Buhle grow a thriving agribusiness

8th Apr 2019

Brothers November and Jerimiah Nkosi had no farming skills whatsoever when they were granted a 1500ha farm in Amersfoort, Mpumalanga, by the Department of Land Reform, in 2007. However, they were determined to become successful farmers. It has taken many years, but the Nkosi brothers have overcome a host of obstacles and their perseverance has […]

“Reaching my goal: success by the age of 30”

20th Jun 2018

Zamaswani Duma always told her parents that she would achieve financial success by the age of 30. Her farming journey has tough but at the lowest point, when she considered giving up, she remembered the promise she had made to her parents and herself, and she persevered. This ambition and grit, along with a ceaseless […]

Lerato – a land reform success story

6th Mar 2018

Buhle graduate Lerato Senakhomo, who year received the Star of Buhle award last year – an award given each year to an extraordinary graduate – is a model of perseverance. “My dad was retrenched in 2010, and we had to sell the plot we owned,” Lerato remembers. “Then we rented, which was very difficult, as […]

Karabo named city’s “top entrepreneur”

30th Aug 2017

Buhle graduate Karabo Mofekeng (27) has won the top prize at the prestigious City of Ekurhuleni Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp prize, where he presented the business plan he developed at the Buhle Farmers’ Academy. The prize is R200 000-worth of procurement, which will enable him to buy the first set of structures he needs for […]

“My farm supports four people”

31st Mar 2017

  “I completed a poultry production course at Buhle in 2015, and now run a farm with up to 3000 chickens per cycle in Brakpan,” says Lebogang Molefe. “This farm is paying the rent and buying food for our family of four, and providing one more full-time job. The Buhle training was excellent, which is […]