A lasting impact

As a newcomer to the Underberg area a decade ago, it interested me to know what our veld consisted of and how the available nutritional benefit could be enhanced by altering habitual practice.

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Visitors suggested that the land was overgrazed by the previous owner. Kobus Botha and a most able assistant who I remember as ‘Nelson’ came from Howick. Nelson was due to become an extension officer at Camperdown and I thought “how great for those in the area”. I learned a few years later that it was not possible to have a visit from an extension officer.

If emerging farmers could receive the support that these two had at their finger-tips, there would be no worry about food security and the failure rate of farms. I don’t know where you are now, Kobus and Nelson, but you sure left an impact on us due to the thoroughness of your work and your meticulous attention to detail.