MEC en­cour­ages youth to get into agri­cul­ture


THE fu­ture of South African farm­ing looks bright, says Themba Mthembu, MEC for Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment in KwaZulu­Natal.

He was on hand to watch the judg­ing of the RAS Chal­lenge for hal­ter­trained an­i­mals at the Royal Show at the week­end.

Ad­dress­ing stu­dents from Cedara Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, Mtu­batuba Mini Farm, Owen Sithole Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, the Univer­sity of KwaZulu­Natal and Hoër Land­bouskool Vry­heid, he said it was im­por­tant to en­cour­age more young peo­ple to get into the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

“What I have seen in front of me to­day fits well with the fo­cus that the depart­ment has on agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion,” he said.

“See­ing the youth to­day en­trusted with these an­i­mals makes me very ex­cited.”

Judges Mal­colm Moodie, chair­per­son of the South African Fat Stock As­so­ci­a­tion, and Dou­glas Fletcher of SA Fat Stock As­so­ci­a­tion, had a tough task choos­ing the best an­i­mals on show in a huge group class.

Ul­ti­mately, how­ever, they gave first prize to first time exhibitors, Mtu­batuba Mini Farm, who had trav­elled to the show from Zu­l­u­land to show their group of Bon­s­maras, spon­sored by Fer­rero Bon­s­maras from Har­ri­smith.

Zinhle Sithole ac­cepted the JR Bre­witt Float­ing Tro­phy and Royal Show medal­lion from the MEC on be­half of the team, which in­cluded Ngcebo Zungu, Man­disa Msweli and Gugu Thobede.

Sec­ond place went to Hoër Land­bouskool Vry­heid who also showed Bon­s­maras.

Mtu­batuba Mini Farm also did ex­cep­tion­ally well in the con­test for hal­ter­trained steers, win­ning the un­der 350 kg, 350 kg to 399 kg and 400 kg to 449 kg cat­e­gories.

The big win­ner in the un­hal­ter­trained steers was Fer­erro Bon­s­maras.


A thrilled Zinhle Sithole ac­cepts the JR Bre­witt Float­ing Tro­phy and Royal Show medal­lion, for show­ing the best group of four steers, from Themba Mthembu, MEC for Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment. With them is judge Mal­colm Moodie, chair­per­son of the...

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