Double amputee farmer has not let his disability derail his passion

Double amputee farmer has not let his disability derail his passion

- Makhubele lost his legs as a result of diabetes and uses prosthetic legs

- This has not held him back from succeeding as a farmer

- He has created jobs for many residents of his village in Limpopo

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A double amputee farmer from GaMamatlepa village in Limpopo has overcome his disability to create jobs for his fellow villagers.

70-year-old Mbhazima Makhubele lost both his legs as a result of sugar diabetes in 2008, Briefly.co.za gathered. He uses prosthetic legs to walk.

However, this has not stopped him from becoming a successful farmer. According to Sowetan Live, he runs a successful 30-hectare vegetable farm and employs 13 people.

Mbhazima Makhubele is a successful farmer despite his disability. Source: Sowetan Live/Antonio Muchave

Mbhazima Makhubele is a successful farmer despite his disability. Source: Sowetan Live/Antonio Muchave

Last year, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries recognised Makhubele as the best farmer among those living with disabilities. It granted him an award of R60,000.

In addition to creating jobs, Makhubele was able to send his son to Wits University, where he will soon obtain an MBA. He said:

I raised all my five children while working here over 30 years. What you see here is because we didn't give up.

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Makhubele's success has inspired his village. Some of his employees have worked at his farm for 30 years.

The determined farmer sends his produce to Johannesburg and Pretoria markets. He appealed for the government to help him get tractors and boreholes.

This is because Molotsi River, from which he has been drawing water for irrigation, is drying up.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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