Farm set to empower women

2008-08-25 00:00

A newly launched farm at Manderston near Thornville is set to provide training and business opportunities for black women who wish to pursue commercial farming.

ZimnandiZonke, owned by Gethwana Mahlase, recently opened and now boasts a host of interesting activities, including livestock and cycad farming.

Mahlase, a trained nurse who ran an NGO organisation in Pietermaritzburg for several years, told The Witness that Ithala Development Finance assisted her.

Independent business consultant Thabani Mpanza also provided Mahlase with advice and support.

She said her farm centres around two key themes: innovation and women’s empowerment.

“We have started small. We supply the abattoirs … and two butcheries. We also sell to the public … for example … for traditional functions and funerals. The demand is there and we have already started selling meat. Feed is the main cost-driver … and we are looking to bring costs down all the time. We are talking to nearby white and Indian farmers who are very eager to help us.

“We have a few pigs and we have partnered with two other women. My aim is to have 50 female pigs. We also have about 900 cycad plants.”

Mahlase’s aim is to rent out space at the farm to other budding farmers.

“They will get their own financing … and venture out once they have the skills. This farm must give birth to many other farms.”

It is understood that there are 10 women’s companies registered as ZimnandiZonke partners and Ithala is in the process of finalising their funding applications.

Mahlase also runs motivational speaking sessions for women under the theme “Women growing together through goal-setting”.

Finance and Economic Development MEC Dr Zweli Mkhize officially launched the farm, in partnership with The Witness, over the weekend.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.