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Sibusiso Dubazana, a successful 27-year-old North Coast farmer, believes only hard work got him to where he is today.
His outstanding efforts as creator of the Igula Agricultural Cooperative have earned him first prize in an entrepreneurial programme.
Dubazana runs a poultry, vegetables and goat farm and and has walked off with the R100000 cash prize in the Kickstart entrepreneurial development programme run by SA Breweries.
"The project began in 2007 as my contribution to feed the local community who otherwise had to travel long distances to purchase vegetables and poultry," he said.
"The cooperative is owned by 23 members of the community," Dubazana said.
The venture started as a club with members contributing a monthly amount to buy seed and other necessities. Thereafter it just kept on growing and it is now a fully-fledged business, he said.
The success of the cooparative has been praised by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Uthungulu municipality for maintaining a loyal customer base.
He said his long-term goal was to grow the business into one of the largest commercial farming enterprises in South Africa, and be accredited with an organic food producer's certificate.
A total of five winners were announced at the Kickstart awards function held in Durban on Tuesday.
Second-placed Jamie Jack of Bendito Communications won R80000, Ntombenhle Sidaki of Liwambe Designs and Projects from Port Shepstone received R60000 for third place, while fourth-placed Jeanne Brooks of Kusabana Exclusive Wellness Spa and Guesthouse in Durban received R50000.
Sibonakaliso Makhaye of Sibonakalisi Services and Installations in Ulundi pocketed R30000 in fifth spot.
"The competition has been able to draw entries from several far-flung rural areas," said department of Trade and Industry manager Mzwakhe Lubisi.
"We are now seeing many projects that uplift communities in rural areas."