Land: A recipe for success, and other highlights from 'Vrye Weekblad'

Here's what's hot in the latest edition of the Afrikaans digital weekly

08 November 2019 - 08:11 By TimesLIVE
Aviwe Gxotiwe with his sheep on the farm Soutvlei.
Aviwe Gxotiwe with his sheep on the farm Soutvlei.

Revolutionaries don't always wear berets and camo. Sometimes the modern-day Che Guevaras wear blue-checked shirts and brown farm boots and they live in Jeffreys Bay by the sea with their two German pointers. And they enjoy the outdoors and adore their grandson, who looks exactly like them. 

Henk Agenbach is the CEO of one of the last real farmers' co-ops in the country and carries the torch for a highly successful project to help black farmers find their feet.

He does have one other thing in common with Che, though: He loves motorbikes. And it was on the long road to Kilimanjaro on his bike that he came to realise how farming could help change the country. 

“Riding clears your head. You have to focus on your surroundings. I started seeing that Africa's entire economy happens along the main roads. If you turn off, there is nothing. People are desperate beyond logic. And that is what we all need to help change, especially those of us with means. 

“We need to help build a better deal for all – it isn't just our responsibility, it is also our insurance for the future of our grandchildren in this place.”

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This is the recipe: The Co-operation provides finance to help black farmers settle and then provides support and technical assistance to get the business going. Experienced commercial farmers work with upcoming black farmers and every farm is run on strict business principles.

“We need to step away from the concept of projects. We don't do charity. It has to work. There has to be incentive for everybody,” says Henk.

He and his team are not afraid of a challenge. 

“It is tough sometimes and people want to give up. Then they come to us to help them survive.”

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