The 19-year-old Thabo Herman Dithakgwe is very passionate about farming, and aims to reach commercial status before the age of 21. He is the youngest farmer in the North West Province.
Getting to know Thabo Herman Dithakgwe better.
Tenacity Magazine: Briefly tell us who is Thabo Herman Dithakgwe?
Thabo Herman: Thabo Herman Dithakgwe is the youngest farmer in the North West province probably the youngest in South Africa. I was born in Mokopane, Limpopo and raised in Morokweng village, North West.
Tenacity Magazine: What drew you into farming?
Thabo Herman: I am a farmer by birth, because I was born and bred in a family of farmers. In a nutshell, farming runs in my bloodline. Being exposed to farm animals at a very tender age made me grew deeply in love with animals so I kept a lot of pets like your pigeons, parrots, tortoise and among others. I believe that this is the path that God chose for me. Farming is a tradition in the Dithakgwe family.
Tenacity Magazine: How did Nasi Ditha Farming, Wildlife and projects come about?
Thabo Herman: Nasi Ditha Farming, Wildlife and Projects was founded in 2014 when I started farming and was lawfully registered in 2018. Nasi Ditha breeds and sells cattle, sheep and goats. We also sell weaners at local auctions and feedlotters. Nasi Ditha plans to venture into game farming in the near future.
Tenacity Magazine: You have a 970-hectare Constable Farm, what does your farm specialise in?
Thabo Herman: We received Constable Farm in 2015 under the Barolong boo Maiketso CPA. Livestock farming is the primary activity on the farm. We breed Bonsmara cattle and other crossed cattle. We breed Boergoats and sell commercial breeding females to interested parties.
Tenacity Magazine: What are your aims and objectives as a young farmer entrepreneur?
Thabo Herman: I aim to reach commercial status before the age of 21. To become a stud breeder and sell top quality animals at affordable prices, and keep a good reputation in the industry and grow other upcoming farmers.
Tenacity Magazine: What have you achieved ever since the inception of your farm?
Thabo Herman: We have achieved good calving, kidding and lambing rates. On the other hand, we also managed to increase breeding stock, and we could control mating seasons.
Tenacity Magazine: Do you get any funds to support your business as a farmer?
Thabo Herman: I have not received any funds from other parties. I am calling to the North West Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to help me acquire a bigger farm of my own.
Tenacity Magazine: Have you faced some challenges along the way? And how did you deal with them?
Thabo Herman: Yes, we lost over 59 cattle when were still on a communal farm through drought. We sold as many animals as we could and retained a few animals. We used the money to buy feeds. We experienced stock theft as well and we accepted the loss.
Tenacity Magazine: How do people get in contact with you?
Thabo Herman: They can simply call me on 0765298040 or email email@example.com .
Tenacity Magazine: What advice would you give to someone who want to follow into your footsteps?
Thabo Herman: Do something you love. Farming requires pure patience. Though it is a very slow business, but at the same time it is guaranteed that you will reap the good fruits from it. Farming requires a great passion, love and character. Don’t farm for the sake of being called a farmer, love your animals as you love your own family. Visit farms and study further in the Agricultural route.