He treats them like his kids. In fact, his son thinks of them as playmates and can often be found in their dam area. No, it’s not goats, chickens or sheep that give farmer William Molekoa (66) such joy – it’s crocodiles.
On a secluded farm in the Mookgophong municipality in Limpopo, William has made a home for himself and his 1 050 crocodiles. He opened Croc Gardens in February 2016 with only 250 of the reptiles and in three years has more than tripled his stock.
He’s firmly established himself as the only black crocodile farmer in Limpopo and one of the few in the country. He was recognised by the department of trade and industry (DTI) as an example of the great strides being made in the aquaculture sector. This endorsement came with R1,8 million from the department’s Aquaculture Development and Enhancement Programme (ADEP).