- Siyabonga had to help his mother with her chickens when he was ten-year-old
- Their moderately successful enterprise fell through when his father passed away
- While getting his degree, Siyabonga started a business with start-up capital from his mother
A young man passionate about farming sacrificed many opportunities to help support his family. Now, after many tumultuous years, Siyabonga Mhlabane is a successful entrepreneur running his poultry company with his mother.
He started the Alfred Daisy Poultry farm which is affectionately named after his parents. The company sells chicken products.
When he was only ten years old, Siyabonga started helping his mother out by taking care of her chickens. To make ends meet, his mother, Daisy, would work on her chicken farm at night but kept a part-time job as a teacher during the day, Briefly.co.za found.
The pair raised baby hens and sold them weeks later. Although they did well, they lived hand-to-mouth.Their progress was however hampered when Siyabonga’s father passed away nine years ago.
The business struggled and eventually went under.
Determined to still make his passion a success, Siyabonga took agriculture as a school subject and pursued this further in university.
Siyabonga got a Diploma in Animal Science at university and went on to obtain a degree in Agricultural Economics, hoping to learn more about running a farm. He registered his company while studying. His mother then contributed R7 000 to start his enterprise.
Now, his business is thriving and he is hoping to employ more people and take his business global.
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