Leav­ing a legacy

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Re­tired welder Stan­ford Mbuzwa (67), who spent most of his work­ing life in Springs ser­vic­ing the min­ing in­dus­try, has thrown his en­ergy into found­ing the farm­ing col­lec­tive.

Mbuzwa, who started farm­ing in 1980 by growing veg­eta­bles, mealies and sugar cane, as well as rais­ing chick­ens and live­stock, spends his time en­sur­ing his land is pro­duc­tive. The fa­ther – and grand­fa­ther of 16 – also still keeps him­self busy with met­al­work.

Mbuzwa shows off the im­pos­ing iron stove he built from scratch when he wasn’t farm­ing. It ban­ishes the bit­ter morn­ing cold from the air of the ron­davel in his homestead at Khon­jwayo vil­lage. Next to it, Mbuzwa has set up a breed­ing pen for chicks.

“I’ve learnt to farm much bet­ter. I’ve learnt about how to be con­sis­tent. I have been able to move my farm­ing to an­other level and to do things I could never have done be­fore. This has given me new con­fi­dence,” he says.

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