Greyton farm worker’s entrepreneurial spirit

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Elias Zizkhele Mkhelekehlo and Gert Ehlers
Elias Zizkhele Mkhelekehlo and Gert Ehlers

Greyton - At almost 60 years of age, most of us are thinking about ending our working career and yet Elias Mkhalakahla, who manages the maintenance team at Tru-Cape’s Greyton apple and pear grower, The Oaks Estates, seems just to be beginning.

Although farming in Kwa-Zulu Natal originally, the Ehlers family set up at the historic Oaks Estate in Greyton eight years ago. Gert Ehlers Jnr, who now manages farming operations, returned from a banking job on the Isle of Man, in the United Kingdom, and was full of praise for the role Mkhalakahla played on the farm.

“My father was so grateful for how he helped set up the farm that he gifted him his Mercedes 230. Rather than just enjoy the car himself, or sell it for cash in hand, he started a taxi service which was the seed for an another entrepreneurial solution: farm-worker transport.”

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