Here is the Top 20 South African Women Farmers [Part 2]
Venecia Janse specialises in producing Pink Lady, Royal Gala, Golden, Granny Smith and Top Red apples. On the pear side, she specialises in the Forrelle and Rosemary varieties. She said the journey to becoming the best has been filled with challenges and managing a farm as big as hers sometimes takes its toll on her. Janse’s 300 hectare farm, Oudrif Trust No 2, lies 26km west of Louterwater under the Koukamma Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape. She employs 44 permanent workers and 88 seasonal workers.
Thandeka Moseki started farming in 2011 after she bought Grootverdriet Farm 310 (Dirkiesrus) outside Stella. She does mixed farming, rearing small and large livestock units and produces vegetable crops that include spinach, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes, cabbages and citrus. She sells her produce to local shops, at pay points, schools and donates some to a local crèche. Moseki employs six people on the 36 hectare farm. The farm is home to 52 sheep, 18 lambs and 25 cows and has a borehole for irrigation and drinking water for her livestock.
Nthabiseng Kgobokoe from Mahikeng in the North West, was crowned the winner at the recent Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ (DAFF) Female Entrepreneur Awards. Kgobokoe specialises in mixed farming and has been running the farm since 2010, although it was only officially registered in 2013. She is renting a farm in Sunnyside just outside Mahikeng. The farm comprises 100 hectares and caters for all the animals and plants she specialises in. She employs six permanent staff, two of which are women, and she said she would like to increase the number.