19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Lekwene’s farming passion pays off handsomely

by: Joseph Motlhasedi   date: 06 july 2018

Othusitse Abraham Lekwene (52) did not dream of becoming a top farmer, all he knew was that he was passionate about farming and livestock. 

Born in Modimong village in Taung, Lekwene invested in his farming business by buying one cow a year, after realizing how important farming is. He said he started falling in love with farming at the age of 11 after learning about the importance of farming from his father and brothers. 

When he was older he left Taung to work at Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg for nine years and in the 10th year he resigned and returned home.  

There he started a tuckshop business that ran for three years from 1994 to 1997. It is during that time that he met a certain Mr Molatlhwa, who advised him that instead of running a tuckshop, he should rather trade in livestock. He has never looked back sinc then. Though he had already left one cow with his father, which had by then multiplied, Lekwene decided to start afresh. 

He bought one cow of his own as Molatlhwa had advised him. After a couple of months he returned to the market and bought one bull and two cows and established a small farm at Letlhapong/Mmang ha ga Moipolai communal grazing land. 

He bought 30 sheep in 2001 in Kimberly and took them to Matlhababa as he was using two villages for grazing, Letlhapong/Mmang ha ga Moipolai and Matlhababa. He later bought 60 goats in Tlapeng and took them to Matlhababa. Between 2001 and 2011, he had about 300 goats, 400 sheep and only 10 cattle. 

Lekwene sold about 100 goats and started buying bricks to build a house in Modimong. The following year he moved from Matlhababa to fully establish himself in Letlhapong.

“I sold other goats and sheep to finish my house and paid labour with the money I got from the livestock and never took a loan from any bank to build a house. I applied for a farm in Reivilo at Kwaggablad. The farm was under the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on a lease contract. I only stayed for a period of three years and during that period I stocked the farm with 25 goats, 25 sheep and 50 cattle,” said Lekwene. 

Within three years his livestock had multiplied to 125 goats, 110 sheep and 111 cattle. The size of the farm was no longer adequate to cater for this big number of livestock.