By Sesona Mqheliswa
Ncumisa Mkabile, 28, a travel and tourism operations graduate made headlines last year as the founder of chicken farm, Mamcube homegrown chicken which she started in march last year. Mkabile started her poultry farming business last year during level 5 lockdown after she had to close her catering business due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As her business expanded Mkabile identified a piece of land for agricultural farming that is when her interest and passion for farming started, she started farming 20 000 seedless of spinach and sometime last year she identified another piece of land where she planted 24 000 seedless of green peppers.
“I am self-taught farmer, I do not have any agricultural experience or background, I learnt everything I know about farming on internet”, said Mkabile.
Mkabile said she harvested for the first time in July 2020, she supplied Spar supermakets and other informal markets in Khayelitsha with her vegetables.
She won a Sunlight competition which identified women who started their businesses during the pandemic which helped her to grow her businesses.
Mkabile recently opened a butchery called ‘Yummy Nyama’ in Khayelitsha last week Sunday with the aim of growing her brand and expanding businesses.
Mkabile continues to be an inspiration to the unemployed youth of South Africa. “Start small with what you have and gradually grow, don’t wait on Government to fund you but give the Government something to work with,” said Mkabile.
Mkabile said she employed overall number of 12 people in all her businesses.