Pro­gramme helps Noupoort farm­ers

Afro Voice (Free State) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - TNA REPORTER

TWO com­mu­nity en­trepreneurs, who grad­u­ated from an En­ter­prise Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme funded by Noupoort Wind Farm in the North­ern Cape, are reap­ing the ben­e­fits of their poul­try and egg lay­ing busi­ness.

Two lo­cal Noupoort farm­ers, Fik­ile Mal­iti and Aphelele Ndesi, are tak­ing the lessons learnt dur­ing the pro­gramme to grow their poul­try and egg busi­ness.

The pro­gramme be­gan dur­ing 2016 and con­tin­ues to ben­e­fit lo­cal en­trepreneurs, hav­ing cel­e­brated 25 start-ups and 28 ex­ist­ing busi­nesses.

This ini­tia­tive con­tin­ues to as­sist those who wish to get their new busi­nesses off the ground as well as ex­ist­ing en­trepreneurs who needed skills to move for­ward with their busi­ness vi­sion.

Mal­iti is the owner of Ka­roo Fresh Eggs and had been sup­ply­ing eggs from his home for about a year when he joined the course.

His busi­ness is sit­u­ated just out­side of Noupoort town and now sup­plies the lo­cal com­mu­nity as well as sup­ply­ing eggs to both the pub­lic and small re­tail­ers in Mid­del­burg and Coles­burg. The spon­sor­ship has given Mal­iti a de­cent ground­ing and a boost for his busi­ness, through tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and skills im­prove­ment.

The the­o­ret­i­cal un­der­stand­ing has boosted his con­fi­dence to grow his busi­ness from a side­line op­er­a­tion to a fully op­er­a­tional busi­ness.

The pro­ject’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment man­ager, Livhuwani Nwachukwu, said par­tic­i­pant’s will­ing­ness to join the pro­gramme was im­por­tant for en­rol­ment.

“We ac­cepted Mal­iti into the pro­gramme be­cause of his will­ing­ness to learn and to grow his busi­ness from a hobby into an op­er­a­tional en­ter­prise through hard work, per­sis­tence and per­se­ver­ance,” Nwachukwu said.

“Sim­i­larly, Ndesi had been a mem­ber of a co­op­er­a­tive for a short pe­riod, be­fore at­tend­ing the course and has now man­aged to ex­pand his busi­ness to sup­ply chick­ens to the lo­cal in­for­mal sec­tor and pub­lic, as well as fur­ther afield.

“Aphelele now sees the busi­ness po­ten­tial, which has in­creased his self-con­fi­dence and en­cour­aged him to take on more of a lead­er­ship role.” – 701198

PICTURE: AFP

TASTY PRO­GRAMME: Two Noupoort farm­ers have pro­gressed well.

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