Doing what he loves

2017-05-19 06:00
Photo: suppliedLoyiso Pepeta’s dairy farm supplies supermarkets and wholesalers across KZN and the Eastern Cape with milk, maas and yoghurt.

Photo: suppliedLoyiso Pepeta’s dairy farm supplies supermarkets and wholesalers across KZN and the Eastern Cape with milk, maas and yoghurt.

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“DO what you love and love what you do,” are the words of Loyiso Pepeta, co-owner of Copperfield Farm in Kokstad, lives by.
Pepeta, the son of a pastor, was born in Bizana.
The dairy farm is the result of a dream Pepeta (44) had and which was fulfilled by the Ithala Development Finance Corporation.

Copperfield Farm supplies supermarkets and wholesalers across KZN and the Eastern Cape with milk, maas and yoghurt.
A factory is being built that will produce ghee, among other items and which will supply sterilised milk for which there is demand.

The company, which Pepeta co-owns with his wife and uncle, has been operating for five years and employs 40 people on 810 hectares, on which 200 cattle graze.

He was at Ntabankulu Junior Secondary when he discovered his love for numbers, choosing commerce as a subject, which proved to be instrumental in his later life.

He matriculated from Umtata Technical College and studied accounting at Port Elizabeth Technikon. He later acquired his BTech in accounting at the Durban University of Technology.

“I have always enjoyed farming and being in the fields. Even though I went to university and got a qualification, I always wanted to be out in the open and not office-bound.

“I love mechanisation and enjoy the fact I can still apply my accounting skills to the business.”
At some point in Pepeta’s career, he decided to change his BMW for a Range Rover, but gave careful consideration to the debt this would impose on him. He decided that a tractor would be a better option.

While still employed full-time, he put the tractor, parked at his home in Bizana, to work on land in rural communities for the benefit of trusts and co-operatives.
The objective was to generate income and fast-track his loan installments.

“After my office job from 6pm to midnight, I would work on the land to generate revenue and build capital towards buying my own farm.”

He attests to being a man of integrity.
“Whatever I promise to do I will do, and if, for whatever reason, I am not able to do it anymore I will let you know upfront.”

His words of wisdom to the youth are, “Find what you love and are passionate about and work hard to make it a success”.
Pepeta is one of four category award winners in Ithala’s 2017 Business Achiever Awards. He scooped the “Agriculture Business of the Year” award. – Supplied.

 

After my office job from 6pm to midnight, I would work on the land to generate revenue and build capital towards buying my own farm.

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