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MEC Qoboshiyane visits Matatiele

 

The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform and Masisizane Fund held a magnificent event in Matatiele last week Friday. The aim of the event was to celebrate ten years long existence of this Old Mutual Flagship Initiative. This partnership is aimed at developing agribusiness value chain opportunities for the farmers in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala District Municipalities.

Welcoming guests at the event graced by the MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the deputy executive mayor, Cllr Sandile Sello, appreciated the cooperation between government and private sector. According to Cllr Sello such initiative will surely go a long way to stimulate the economy of Alfred Nzo District and the Eastern Cape province.

“I am certain that O. R. Tambo, would have been very proud to see us as government and the private sector working together to uplift the socio-economic status of the people. Remember this is what stalwarts like him fought for”, said Cllr Sello.

Addressing Matatiele farmers, MEC Qoboshiyane encouraged people to go back to basics and invest even more in agriculture. This in order to support government in its poverty alleviation strategies. “It is not government alone that can alleviate poverty, by funding Non-profit organisations, emerging farmers and other structures, we create working relations for the benefit of building better communities’, he said.

The MEC also took time to appreciate the leadership of Masisizane. “To the Chairperson of Masisizane Fund Board and Management, as government we are very grateful to have worked with you in this initiative to develop small scale farmers. Through developing agribusiness value chain opportunities for the farmers are imminent”, said Qoboshiyane.

The event further saw famers from Matatiele and UMzimkhulu get accolades for the good work done in uplifting the lives of ordinary citizens. These go-getters were recognised under the following award categories: best managed farm - was awarded to Claybrook Farm, owned by Mrs Mofokeng from Matatiele, best performing soya beans commodity was awarded to Mr. S. Rafu of Sharpers Hope Farm in Matatiele.

We wish them all the best – let the sky be the limit for them!

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