农业企业家如何为社区创造就业机会

Lengau Mothiane刚刚与另外10名员工签约,负责他的农民支持服务业务Horizon Southern Group的工作量。萨布丽娜·迪恩向他讲述了他的旅程。亚博777娱乐主页

农业企业家如何为社区创造就业机会
伦高·莫西安Ph值oto: Supplied
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不到10年前,Lengau Mothiane不得不依靠电梯将他在拍卖会上买的10只羊运回100多公里外的家庭农场。他现在饲养了150只南非肉羊美利奴羊和大约70头Bonsmara Brahman牛。

The 35-year-old agripreneur also owns his own business and is providing contract work to at least 25 previously unemployed people.

他说:“知道你在帮助支持这么多家庭,感觉很好,尤其是在这样的时刻。”。

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Born into farming
Mothiane is a third-generation farmer, born and raised in QwaQwa in the Free State.

“I never lived in a township; I grew up knowing farming,” he says.

His father, Albert, used to grow vegetables at sites located at clinics and old-age homes in the QwaQwa region; this was also where Mothiane completed his primary and secondary schooling.

Around 2012, the family moved to their own 445ha farm in the Heilbron district. It was immediately apparent, however, that this was a different type of farm to what they were used to.

“我父亲看着这片没有灌溉的旱地,意识到他想种菜是活不下去的。所以他决定选择牛。”

莫西安在放学后取得了太阳能技术员的资格,但在可再生能源产业的早期,他努力谋生,回到了农场。

In 2013, the family entrusted him with his sister’s lobola, which was to be used to fund her wedding in six months’ time.

这似乎是一个不容错过的好机会。Mothiane通过与邻居农场主Piet Claassen的互动,在养羊业中获得了经验,他也从那里买了一些羔羊作为他的基础牧群。为了加快进程,他决定“投资”他姐姐的一些钱。

He made his way to an auction at Frankfort where he spent half of the money on a flock of 10 Van Rooy ewes.

“I didn’t have any transport, of course, but I had to get them back to the farm. So I lined them up and started to drive them. I was a herder; I knew how to drive sheep.”

他带着羊群离开拍卖场不久,就被当地一名警察拦住了。当被要求出示证明所有权的文件时,他解释说,他必须把羊赶100多公里才能回家。

“He told me to wait there and later on organised for someone to help by transporting the sheep home.”

买羊是一场巨大的赌博,因为他没有征求父亲的意见就进行了投资,但六个月后,他带着利息把钱赚了回来。

“I could also provide all the sheep we needed to slaughter for the wedding,” he says.

One step at a time
Despite his entrepreneurial spirit and appetite for risk, Mothiane certainly didn’t find his
新企业一帆风顺。缺乏知识和资源,包括他无法通过政府举措获得支持,是主要挑战之一。

The family had meanwhile begun the shift to cattle farming with a herd of about 45 mixed-breed cattle of fairly poor quality.

“Then one day, my father went to a farmer’s day at Sernick,” recalls Mothiane. “And it was here that we first met Patrick Sekwatlakwatla.”

Sekwatla是Sernick新兴农民方案的代表,该方案是与就业基金合作主办的一项发展倡议。这些农民能够在更广泛的Sernick价值链中获得基因和生产与销售环节。

莫西安说,为了提高养牛户的素质,他和其他家庭成员开始参与农民发展计划。

The Sernick programme also afforded him a valuable opportunity to share in the experiences of farmers elsewhere in Africa through a partnership with a UN initiative on sustainable development. In 2018/2019, he went on a trip to Burkina Faso that changed his attitude completely.

“I’d thought South Africa was one of the poorest places until I arrived in Burkina Faso. Where we use a tractor, they use hoes.

“听说我们的农场有400多公顷,就好像我是他们中间的国王。那里的农民每人只有一两英亩土地。”

Apart from attending courses and gaining knowledge at Sernick, Mothiane also used the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

“我总是自愿去那里工作,晚上工作。他们对我们开放,这给了我们一个获得经验的机会。”

This experience, along with the good name he had built up for himself, proved crucial when he established his business, Horizon Southern Group, which was registered in 2019.

万事通
从布基纳法索回来后,他投资购买了设备,使他能够在社区开展准兽医服务。这包括接种疫苗,给牛打上烙印和脱毛。

“I was almost like a private extension officer who could fill the gap between the farmer and the service provider,” he says.

In addition, he used the experience he had gained through years of practical, hands-on assistance to expand into infrastructure work such as fencing and windmill repairs.

“I’d helped repair windmills for many years and could see what people were doing. I could also see how to do a better job. It was windmill work that bought me my first car,” he recalls.

他在塞尼克的敬业精神和态度也为他获得合同工作铺平了道路。

“They nurtured me from class to field, and now [I feel as if] I’m part of the backbone of the company,” he says proudly.

莫西安的农民支持服务业务从这一点上迅速增长,不久,他又雇用了三个人来帮亚博777娱乐主页助源源不断的工作。这一数字增加到了10,到南非进入科维德时- 3月19日被封锁,有15至20人为他工作。

“These were all guys who didn’t have jobs, who needed a chance,” he says.

The lockdown hit all of them hard, however, and severely reduced cash flow during the time they were unable to operate. Even when operations resumed, problems with sourcing supplies continued to hamper the business. The upside, however, was that the services Mothiane offers remained in demand. This meant that he and his crew could resume work early on, and by the beginning of July, Horizon Southern Group was growing again.

他说:“我刚刚又签了10个人,一份为期12个月的合同。这使他的员工总数达到25人。

While his family has been farming for generations, Mothiane says he was once deeply frustrated by their level of development in comparison with their commercial counterparts.

“曾经有一段时间,我对白人商业农场主持非常消极的看法,”他说。

莫西安现在的看法大不相同。这一部分是由于通过塞尔尼克方案获得的机会,包括他对布基纳法索的开放性访问,另一部分是因为他认识到自己可以作出宝贵的贡献。

“I’m doing work for people with farms that are far bigger than mine, 2 000ha plus. Even though they’re far advanced, I still have knowledge [they need] and they rely on my services.”

He urges the youth not to stereotype people, and calls on all farmers to follow the example set by Nick Serfontein, owner of the Sernick Group.

“我们需要黑人和白人、年轻人和老年人、妇女和男子之间的合作。我们必须分享我们的想法,否则我不知道这个国家会走向何方。
在他的旅途中帮助过他的其他人包括莫斯韦家族、塞克瓦特拉、卡雷尔·塞尔方丹和大卫·惠特菲尔德等。

给Lengau Mothiane打电话078 687 7280,或发电子邮件给他[email protected].

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