Friday, August 21, 2009

Positive News Story: Successful Black Farmer

Here's a happy news story from the Sowetan, and my reason for posting it here (aside from showing that I'm not a complete cynic) is that here is an example of what can be done in South Africa with some serious hard work, NO government handouts, and most importantly, WITHOUT pinching someone else's farm. If the ANC is going round giving out farms like candy, why not give one to this lady? Just a thought...

Five years ago, enthusiastic Nonie Mokose invested her energy and ambitions into potato farming in the Magaliesburg area.

Guided by her unshakable dream of turning bare land into a gold mine, she worked tirelessly and her hard work finally paid off on Friday when she was crowned Top Producer for National Markets during the 2009 Gauteng Female Farmer of the Year Award ceremony in Pretoria.

Sponsored by Total South Africa, the award comes with a R40 000 prize money and winners in each of the four categories go on to represent their provinces in the national awards to be held in Bloemfontein on August 28.

Armed with a Human Nutrition degree from Cornell State University in New York and a colourful background in food industry marketing, Mokose started pig farming before venturing into potato farming.

"My parents have a background in farming and they provided much support for me to be here today. It is has been a hard but good struggle. This is my first award and it shows that working hard and smart really pays. I am planting 47 hectares and there are lot of resources I need. The money will come handy. I am also looking forward to my next planting season in November where I will plant 40 hectares," she said.

Mokose boasts McCain Foods Ltd as her main client and regularly supplies the Johannesburg Fresh Produce market. Mokose employs 270 permanent staff on her rented 53 hectares farm.

In the beginning of September Mokose is jetting to the Europe Potato Festival as the chairperson of the Potato South Africa’s transformation committee to gain insight and knowledge of other aspects of the industry.

Delivering her keynote address during the ceremony, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the government encourages and empower farmers to reach a point where anyone who goes to bed on an empty stomach does so at will.

"Women should not only get involved in farming to produce food for their families. They should become more actively involved in commercial farming and produce goods and food that can be sold to the domestic and foreign markets," she said.

Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, Gauteng MEC for agriculture and rural development, agreed with Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa when she toyed with the idea of starting the awards at Municipal level before moving on to provincial level.

The overall winner in the Backyard Gardens is Ruth Masingi, the Communal Gardens award went to Kutlwano Agricultural Project and the Top Producer for Informal Markets category was scooped by Kadipore Farm.

The awards for second and third runner-up comes with a R20 000 and R10 000 respectively for each category.

6 Opinion(s):

Islandshark said...

I agree 100%!!

Anonymous said...

Nice one Viking and I agree wholeheartedly. It shows that when something is earned, it is valued. When something is given, the effort that goes into acquiring that thing be it a job, a house or a farm is not felt or understood so a person cannot appreciate its worth.

Anonymous said...

A side point, looking at the pic, can there be a better place on earth to farm than having Table Mountain as a backdrop?

Anonymous said...

"Armed with a Human Nutrition degree from Cornell State University in New York and a colourful background in food industry marketing"

Well its not your usual mealie mouthed fucktard in any event. Let me put it better - its not a peasent.

Anonymous said...

@Dobes. Magaliesburg isn't Cape Town, so not sure if the pic is related.

Viking said...

It's not, anon. It's just a nice picture :)