- Phathutshedzo Marvelous Madula struggled to find an engineering internship that stood between him and his qualification for four years
- The frustrated 26-year-old nearly lost all hope until he decided to go back to his roots
- Madula took a look at how he grew up and bought seedlings with a small amount of money
- Soon, a small veggie garden turned into hectares of planting and Madula now even has partners
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We all make plans for our futures but sometimes they just don't pan out. Phathutshedzo Marvelous Madula wanted to be an electrical engineer and he completed a course at a TVET college to make the dream a reality.
However, he needed to secure an internship in order to obtain the qualification. For four years, the 26-year-old struggled to find a learnership - or even a job for that matter.
Demotivated, the young man had to reassess everything he had planned and one day, while taking a stroll through the village he grew up in, Madula was reminded about his upbringing. He said:
"Without any reservation, I started bought seedlings with the little money I had and started planting ‘to get mind off things.’ I was ashamed of it at first, thinking what will people say but as time went by, I fell in love with I was doing and I got to spent more time planting."
Before long, the small garden he has started with turned into hectares of land and Madula now had the opportunity to succeed as a farmer.
However, he knew it would be a difficult task to take on by himself and decided to get partners. Madula and four other young people - including Mpfariseni Beauty Rasimphi, who he met at the Vhembe TVET College - ventured into agro processing.
Madula and Rasimphi, along with Mathalise khumbudzo, Mathalise Mukovhe and Khaphathe mukovhe, started selling various vegetables and he was baffled over the success they have experienced in such a short time.
In order to branch out, Rasimphi suggested that they expand their business and it led to the group creating a locally-grown and produced chilli sauce.
Madula told Briefly.co.za that they are currently renting a farm and hope to one day own the land themselves. He said:
"In the future we wish to have our own farm and access to market. Now we are renting a farm and there is a shortage of water."
Although they are already doing an amazing job, Madula said they had to overcome several obstacles, including using the little money they had to buy seedlings, fertilizer and other chemicals.
Despite the difficulties they have faced and the ones they are yet to overcome, the 26-year-old entrepreneur hopes to inspire other young people to venture into the world of farming.
"Young people can do more if given a chance," he said, adding they should rise up, get out of their comfort zones and "humble themselves" through working with their hands.
"The more youth in agriculture the more food is secured."
In other news, a young man named As_Ncgobo on Twitter recently inspired thousands of youngsters and South African hopefuls. He recently took to his Twitter page to share pictures of his beautiful farm and first-ever harvest.
In his highly motivational post, As_Ncgobo shares pictures of the freshly-grown lettuce, himself surrounded by the harvest and some of his beautiful and well-kept farm. He excitedly captioned the inspiring Twitter post:
"I can’t wait to package this for the first time... #YoungAndFarming #YoungAndHappy."
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