- Yoliswa and Xolani Gumede run a successful strawberry farming business in KZN
- They create employment for about 60 to 100 people
- They are keen to replicate their success in other parts of the country
A married couple in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, runs a successful strawberry farming business and inspires thousands of South Africans in the process.
Yoliswa and Xolani Gumede started their 17ha farm, Cappeny Estate, almost five years ago, Briefly.co.za gathered.
According to stuffedfeeling.co.za, the two are first generation farmers. Previously, Xolani worked as a property development consultant.
After purchasing the piece of land, Yoliswa and Xolani conducted extensive research and settled on strawberry farming.
In an interview, Xolani said it wasn't easy at first and they had to learn quickly from their mistakes:
Being a first generation farmer, everything is happening for the first time. We can’t refer to former practices and systems used by previous generations.
Fortunately, their determination and tenacity saw them succeed. They now employ about 60 to 100 people at any given time, depending on the season. They also supply retailers.
The Oyster Box Hotel recognised Cappeny Estate as one of KZN's Food Heroes. The farm is also certified with with GLOBAL G.A.P, enabling them to export across the world.
As IOL reported, the couple held discussions with senior Department of Agriculture officials in November last year. Their aim is to inspire more strawberry farmers across the country and create jobs.
This is Xolani's advice to aspiring entrepreneurs:
Never give up! If it was easy everyone would be doing it. Research your vision. If you find positives, don’t listen to the pessimists – put your head down and go for it. Firstly though, research thoroughly.
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