Meet the people

Amadlelo Agri PTY Ltd

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Mr Bulelani Ngcuka Mr Charles Davies
Chairman: Vuwa Investments Vice – Chairman: Amadlelo Milk Producers

Mr Jeffrey Every Mr Dumisani Tabata
Chief Executive Director: Amadlelo Milk Producers Director: Vuwa Investments

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Rev Themba Vundla Mr Willie du Plessis
Director: Amadlelo Empowerment Trust Director: Amadlelo Milk Producers

Mr Keith Barrow Mr Geoff Taylor
Director: Amadlelo Milk Producers Director: Amadlelo Milk Producers

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Leonard Mavhungu
Production Manager

FORT HARE DAIRY TRUST – View project

Farm manager – Sanele Vela

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This 800 cow farm is situated in the beautiful Alice area, where Leonard and his team live out their passion for dairy farming. Pictured above is Leonard with a group of Amadlelo Managers and students.

When did you start farming and why did you choose farming as a career ?
Working with the natural resources, including soil, crop and cattle, and achieving results out of it, is what I love about dairy farming. I studied animal production at tertiary level and chose to work with dairy cows. After completing my studies I did my service training on a dairy farm, followed by internships with top dairy farmers. While doing this I developed an endless passion for dairy farming.


MIDDLEDRIFT DAIRY (PTY) LTD – View project

Farm manager – Jeanet Rikhotso

Jeanet Rikhotso - MD2s

Jeanet Rikhotso is the Manager at Middledrift Dairy (Pty) Ltd. The Middledrift area is home to this beautiful 600 cow dairy farm. Pictured above are Rosey Masiu, Leonard Mavhungu, Sanele Vela, and Jeanet.

When did you start farming and why did you choose farming as a career?
I started farming in 2008. The reason why I choose farming is, I fell in love with it from a young age.

What do you like about farming?
I studied Agricultural Animal production at TUT. In 2008 I became one of Amadlelo Agri’s interns on dairy farms. It was during this time that I realised dairy farming is my passion. I enjoy the challenges, hard work and variety of activities that you have to do on a dairy farm daily.

How has the Amadlelo Group impacted on your life ?
Everything I know, I have learned from Amadlelo. I want to thank them for giving me the oppurtunity.

Tell us about a typical day on the farm
Normally the day starts at 5am with milking the cows, which lasts 2 hours. After this, other activities for the day include treatment of cows, feeding calves, pasture management and administration. Some days are busier than others, but we often end our day at 8pm.


SEVEN STARS TRUST (Keiskamma Irrigation Scheme) – View Project

Farm Manager – Abulele Mtambeka

Abulele Mtambeka - SS2s

This dairy farm is situated in the Keiskammahoek area, where Sanela and his team start their days early and work untill dusk. Pictured above are Sanele Vela and Jeanet Rikhotso.

When did you start farming and why did you choose farming as a career ?
It started at school when I was 12 years old and had to decided on a topic and I though farming would be easy. After that I fell in love with dairy farming

What do you like about farming?

Working with the natural resources, including soil, crop and cattle, and achieving results out of it, is what I love about dairy farming. I studied animal production at tertiary level and chose to work with dairy cows. After completing my studies I did my service training on a dairy farm, followed by internships with top dairy farmers. While doing this I developed an endless passion for dairy farming.

How has the Amadlelo Group impacted on your life?
It has impacted so much that I don’t have words. I am because of Amadlelo and the oppurtunities they have given me.


4. SHILOH DAIRIES TRUST ( Shiloh Whittlesea ) – View Project

Farm manager – Braam Rademeyer

Braam Rademeyer - SD2s

When did you start farming and why did you choose farming as a career?
I started dairy farming in 2003. I choose farming as I grew up on a farm and would not do anything else.

How has the Amadlelo Group impacted on your life?
It’s a great oppurtunity to be able to run a farm and to transfer my skills to the community.


NCORA DAIRY TRUST ( Ncora Irrigation Scheme ) – View Project

Farm manager – Peet Erasmus


MAKHOBA DAIRY – KZN – View Project

Farm manager – Nonhlanhla Mthembu

When did you start farming and why did you choose farming as a career?
I did agriculture at school and enjoyed it so decided to pursue it as a career. During training for my diploma, I did in service training mostly on dairy farms. I started farming in April 2011.

What do you like about farming?
Learn new things every day, enjoy working outdoors with cattle and pastures

How has the Amadlelo Group impacted on your life?
Given opportunity to learn and grow. Very supportive.


NCERA MACADAMIA PROJECT – View Project

Project manager – Sithembele Dyasi

When did you start farming and why did you choose farming as a career?
I developed rapidly soon after commencing employment as a Nursery Labourer. My exposure has been rewarded and I enjoy the senior position I now hold.

What do you like about farming?
I enjoy farming very much and am very motivated by seeing people develop and the skills I am able to transfer to supervisory staff and workers. I have gained all my knowledge through Mr Wayne Simpson.

How has the Amadlelo Group impacted on your life?
Amadlelo has impacted my life by supporting the macadamia initiative through its funding involvement in the initial start up funding.


Fort Hare Piggery Trust – View Project