- Nkosana Mtambo received his Free State farm on his 21st birthday
- He turned the land into a successful farm and even donated R100 000 to the Covid-19 relief fund
- Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development Thoko Didiza phoned him to recognise his achievement
Free State farmer Nkosana Mtambo got a piece of land on his 21st birthday and over the years he developed it into a successful farm.
He never thought in his wildest dreams that he would receive a call from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development, Thoko Didiza.
“I feel like a king! I wasn’t expecting the call, but yeah, it was a shock… I was on the farm doing rounds,” the 26-year-old Mtambo told Food For Mzansi.
When he started farming, he only had 24 cows in Vrede but now his livestock is distributed all through the Free State and Gauteng's Vaal Triangle.
Didiza made the call as part of Youth Month, which started this week, she wanted to identify significant young people who have succeeded.Briefly.co.za learned that Mtambo is the chief executive of Mtambo Boerdery and has always supported his community. When the Covid-19 lockdown was announced he donated R100 000 to help provide vulnerable people with food parcels.
He was moved to donate after President Cyril Ramaphosa called on South Africans to support the Covid-19 relief fund.
Mtambo revealed that Didiza invited him to visit her as soon as South Africa moved to lockdown Level 2. He surprised the minister with a gift on her 55th birthday.
He had some advice for farmers new to the industry:
“Easy come, easy go. And hard work pays off. Farming is a profession of hope and if you don’t have hope, you won’t make it.”
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that the sector of farming is still deemed to be a man's world but more and more women are entering the fray.
A talented young lady is making her mark with her farming business and she took to social media to inspire others.
Farmer girl (@malele_keletso) shared a tweet on Tuesday, which showcased her 1 000 chickens and her vegetable patches.
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