Thapelo Kgopodithate might be just 33 years old, but he’s already learned one of life’s greatest lessons. He learned that “farming in the Kalahari is like farming on the moon. Sometimes you feel alone – far from everything and everyone. It’s a place where you struggle to find help”.
However, no matter what, you simply have to make it work. As a child of the Northern Cape, this livestock farmer has always known that the conditions are hard and that giving up is simply not an option. In fact, during one of the province’s merciless droughts in 2016 their family farm, Oratile Farming, struggled financially.
The Kgopodithates feared they would not survive.
But they did. And they flourished.
Their saving grace was reaching out to other struggling farmers to form the Makawana Farmers’ Stokvel. Four years later the stokvel consists of 24 young farmers who pool their money for 12 months to invest in either livestock, feed or equipment.