- Pitso Sekhoto and his daughter Nono are farmers on a 2,200ha piece of land
- They got the land from a white commercial farmer through the government
- They employ 24 workers
A Free State farmer and his daughter are proving that land transfer and reform can create successful black farmers.
60-year-old Pitso Sekhoto and 36-year-old Nono Sekhoto have been farming a 2,200-hectare piece of land for a decade now, Briefly.co.za learned.
They received the land, located in Senekal and valued at R9.6 million, from a white commercial farmer through the government, which paid R9.1 million for it. Sekhoto raised the remaining amount.
According to City Press, Sekhoto also raised R7 million to buy tractors, cattle and sheep. A total of 24 workers and their families worked on the farm, of which 800 hectares is arable.
The two established Makolobane Farming Enterprise. Workers on the farm own a stake through a Workers Trust.
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Sekhoto said they started off with 600 heads of cattle and sheep. They also grow maize and sunflowers and rear rabbits for export. He said:
We were the only black company to supply Woolworths with milk. We were selling about 60,000 litres a month.
The business was making R2 million a year. Although Sekhonto, Nono and the workers are successful, it hasn't always been easy.
Drought was a huge challenge that led to their failure to repay a R13 million loan. Fortunately, the government bought back the farm and is currently leasing it to them so the business can continue.
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