Leaving a legacy
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.