Author: Amadlelo

Makhoba Community Development

In 2002, land was transferred to the Mzabane Makhoba Trust, the sole shareholder of the operating company Ntlangwini Makhoba Farming (Pty) LTD. There were 1400 beneficiary families, each of which had been promised a new home in one of two housing
developments by Dept of Human Settlements. In 2011, Amadlelo Agri was appointed strategic partner to the Makhoba community.
We track their progress thus far…

Sharing Green Pastures

South Africa has a history of land dispossession that the current government is trying to address through its Land Reform programme. The Eastern Cape suffers greatly from Colonialism and Apartheid’s skewed infrastructural development priorities. Thus large parts of the Eastern Cape and other parts of South Africa remain relatively undeveloped. The Land Reform programme has been less than successful because land has been returned to families with little or no experience in farming.

As a result many farms have fallen into dis-use or poor production, though some skilled successful white farmers are prepared to “give back” through making their time and expertise available. In order to address this, Amadlelo (Green Pastures) was established in 2004 by 70 commercial dairy farmers from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. The vision, mission, and objectives set up at the time haven’t changed much except to tweak for the reality and experience gained on the ground.

Read Article – Sharing Green Pastures

Community private partnership – Seven Star Coop

In the 1970s, a number of irrigation schemes were established in the former homeland of the Ciskei, one of which was the Keiskamma Irrigation Scheme in an area historically used for dairy farming. Plots were demarcated and people were asked to come and farm. These farmers received a plot of approximately 12ha and 12 cows. Under the guidance of the government, these farmers managed to earn a small living. They were organised in a trust, consisting of seven production units, which supplied the central dairy, owned by the Ciskei government, from which the milk was sold. The scheme relied heavily on government funding for its operation.

With the end of Apartheid and new policies being implemented, subsidies for the Keiskammahoek Dairy Scheme were abolished and the irrigation scheme fell into disrepair. By 2003 the several communities were encouraged by the provincial Department of Agriculture to organise themselves into cooperatives along the lines of the old production units. These primary cooperatives together formed the Seven Stars 1 Central Agricultural Coop covering the full dairy scheme. The idea was that on a larger scale it would be easier for the farmers to become profitable. However, after a number of years they still struggled. They were then advised to find a partner to assist them in the dairy farming activities.

Read Article: Whytske Chamerlain Article on Seven Stars Trust

Fort Hare Piggery Trust

Started:
The project sold the first pigs in June 2013.

About:
The state of the art piggery in Alice is professionally managed by No. 2 Piggeries and ranks as one of the top performing units in South Africa.

Production:
The piggery has a 1000 sow breeding unit and a fattening unit that produce 400-500 baconers for market every week.

Beneficiaries:
University of Fort Hare and No. 2 Piggeries

Ncera Macadamia Project

List of Directors (Ncera Macadamia)

Mr Joe Jongolo – Chairman

Mr Wayne Simpson – Managing Director, Representing TGK Farming Group

Ms Nomaxhosa Jongilanga – Director, Representing Vulindlela Investment Trust – Chairperson and Leadership of Imidushane Traditional Authority.

Mr Mkululi Pakade – Director Representing Kula Macadamia (Pty) Ltd, Key Service Providers – Tech/Management.

Mr Trevor Simpson – Director, Representing TGK Farming Group, Key Service Providers – Tech/Management.

Mr Jeff Every – Amadlelo Agri, Investment Mrs Nozuko Adam – Director, Representing Vulindlela Investment Trust

Mrs Daphne Peter – Director, Representing Vulindlela Investment Trust

About:
This is a 300 hectare joint venture project between the Department of Agriculture, Kula Development Facilitators, the Community, TGK Farming and Amadlelo Agri.

Production:
The initial 50 hectares has been recently started producing nuts and a further 50 hectares has been planted.

Beneficiaries:
The project will benefit 10 000 community members and employ 300 people once fully planted.

Ncora Dairy Trust

Started:
The milking of 1200 cows started in September 2012 on a 300 hectare platform.

About:
The irrigation, parlour, roads and fencing were funded by DRDLR. The pastures and pre-operating costs were covered by CHMD. This venture is also a 50/50 sharemilk agreement between Ncora Co-op and Amadlelo Agri.

Production:
There are now 2400 cows being milked on 600 hectares.

Beneficiaries:
The Ncora community.

Makhoba Dairy – KZN

About:
The Makhoba dairy project is run by the KZN leg of Amadlelo Agri . The land belongs to the Makhoba community which has faced numerous challenges gaining access to funding to develop the dairy. With the diary now nearing full operation, they wish to use it as a catalyst to develop maize production and a piggery.

Production:
Milks 700 cows through a new rotary parlour.

Beneficiaries:
The Makhoba community

In 2002, land was transferred to the Mzabane Makhoba Trust, the sole shareholder of the operating company Ntlangwini Makhoba Farming (Pty) LTD. There were 1400 beneficiary families, each of which had been promised a new home in one of two housing
developments by Dept of Human Settlements. In 2011, Amadlelo Agri was appointed strategic partner to the Makhoba community.
We track their progress thus far…

Further information and statistics regarding the Makhoba Community Development Project

Shiloh Dairies Trust

Started:
Shiloh Dairies Trust started milking in Feb 2011 on the revamped Shiloh Irrigation Scheme.

About:
This project is a partnership between Amadlelo Agri and the Mayime Co-op.  The Department of Agriculture put up the funding to revamp the irrigation scheme on behalf of the co-op and, the funding for the livestock was raised by Amadlelo through one of its shareholders. Shiloh became the project to make the fastest profit share pay-out from date of starting.

Production:
This project is currently milking 900 cows with the view of milking 1200 cows on 330 hectares.

Beneficiaries:
Mayime Co-op which represents over 300 members.