From security guard to female farmer - meet Noncedo Khawuleza-Ndzawuse

From security guard to female farmer - meet Noncedo Khawuleza-Ndzawuse

- Noncedo Khawuleza-Ndzawuse went against the grain when she first worked as a security guard and then branched into farming

- The 41-year-old started farming with only 3 pigs and today has 30

- She mostly supplies tshisanyama owners and earns approximately R7 000 per pig

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It’s a situation many South Africans are faced with – working long hours on minimum wage.

Noncedo Khawuleza-Ndzawuse was no stranger to a man’s world as she previously worked as a security guard.

However, she became frustrated with the 11-hour shifts and looked for ways to increase her income.

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Noncedo shared that she missed out on family events and hardly had time for her 3 children. understands that she decided to make a change and bought three pigs about 3 years ago.

Armed with a sizeable plot in Ithemba Farm in Faure, Noncedo embarked on the world of pig farming.

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The 41-year-old mostly supplies pork to the tshisanyama owners in the townships of Mfuleni and Khayelitsha.

She currently owns 30 pigs and earns approximately R7 000 per pig.

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Ground Up reported that Noncedo learnt her skills years ago when her grandfather taught her how to attend to livestock while in the Eastern Cape.

The challenge she faces now is access to water so she and her two employees fetch water by car every day.

She and her team are responsible for slaughtering the animals then taking them to the local butcher for slicing.

Noncedo says, “In order to make money you need to get dirty, and love what you are doing.”

Wise words for farmers, but applicable to people from all walks of life.

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