Fresh mind pro­duces farm­ing suc­cess

Vuk'uzenzele - - Rural Development - More Mat­shediso

SAMBO'S EN­ERGY is giv­ing her fam­ily busi­ness pos­i­tive re­sults.

At just 25, Sinethemba Sambo has man­aged to turn her par­ent’s farm into a boom­ing busi­ness.

Siyavuya Co-op­er­a­tive Lim­ited has live­stock, crops and aqua­cul­ture and it op­er­ates on 20 hectares of land in Steen­bok in Mpumalanga.

“My par­ents have decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in farm­ing, they needed a young mind to take their fam­ily busi­ness to greater heights,” said Sambo.

In 2012 she was also ap­pointed the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Siyavuya Co-op­er­a­tive Lim­ited 2012 af­ter com­plet­ing ma­tric.

“My par­ents started the farm ca­su­ally in 1989 and it has been the source of in­come for their house­hold for as long as I can re­mem­ber. When I joined the fam­ily busi­ness I wanted to make sure that it was more prof­itable.”

She said she was fur­ther mo­ti­vated to be part of the fam­ily busi­ness when she re­alised that youth un­em­ploy­ment was a se­ri­ous chal­lenge in the coun­try.

Sambo is also study­ing to­wards a Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion and be­lieves her new skills will help the busi­ness to im­prove over the years.

The busi­ness has as­sets that in­clude 102 cat­tle, 354 sheep and goats, 34 pigs, 13 poul­try houses, 54 bee­hives, 563 mango trees and five dams for fish­ing.

Ven­tur­ing into aqua­cul­ture

Af­ter ven­tur­ing into aqua­cul­ture in 2012, Siyavuya Co-op­er­a­tive Lim­ited also won the Fish­eries Recog­ni­tion Award in the small scale cat­e­gory dur­ing the Youth in Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries (YAFF) Awards.

Sambo said win­ning the award mo­ti­vated the com­pany to do bet­ter and in­crease their foot­print in the fish­eries mar­ket.

“The four of our five dams are very large and have the ca­pac­ity to ac­com­mo­date about two mil­lion fishes each. We pro­duce cat­fish, tilapias and kappa.”

“We have re­cently signed a deal with one of the lo­cal butch­ers that sells meat to many com­mu­ni­ties in Mpumalanga, and we also sell our fish to the lo­cals. Our busi­ness is do­ing well,” she said.

Sambo said the co­op­er­a­tive has so far cre­ated em­ploy­ment for 15 per­ma­nent work­ers who ro­tate in all en­ter­prises on the farm.

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