Colin Forbes gave 10% of his family farm to a community of farm workers as well as offered mentorship and resources. His kind act led to a small agri-village that made a big difference in the lives of his workers.
The Athole Farm in the small town of Amsterdam, Mpumalanga belonged to the Forbes family since 1860.
7 years ago, Colin decided to give 10% (500ha) of the farm to his employees as well as teach them how to make the best of it.
His kind act bore wonderful fruit and now those living on the land is even competing with each other on who can build the best house.
Colin gave the workers their first seeds, pesticides and fertilisers so they can begin farming. He also gave them diesel to use for their machinery.
Later, Colin also started teaching his new neighbours about business management. They received an annual share from the crop they grew.
The workers used their profit to buy building equipment and bricks - building their own homes.
Anton Maseko's parents worked on the farm and he was born there. He now successfully farms potatoes and maize and built his first brick house.
Anton says Colin's kindness has helped him and his kids a lot. It is the first time they lived in a brick home. He happily added that it gave them such joy to live in the house. They feel free.
Thulane Madonsela, another benefactor from Colin's mentorship, doesn't live in fear of poverty anymore. He can feed his wife and 4 children. Thanks to Colin he has the confidence to want more out of life.
Thulane says the government must really give land to those who can work on it. He says land should go to people in rural areas because they know what farming is about.
If land expropriation can look anything like this, there is a lot of hope for the future of South Africa.
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