Youth unemployment in South Africa remains quite high. Years of not finding employment in her field of study, chemical engineer Welile Gumede turned to agriculture.
Not even the limited knowledge in farming would stop the 29-year-old.
She spent hours surfing the net, reading books, attending seminars and webinars to know most of what she knows now in the field of Agriculture and entrepreneurship.
Gumede, who hails from KwaDukuza, would draw business plans for other aspiring business owners. This brought in the cash flow she needed to grow her vegetable farm business.
When Gumede started off in 2018, she was producing tomatoes in just one tunnel and now in ten. She employs more than 30 people.
To further expand her enterprise, she approached the Agribusiness Development Agency. Her funding request has been for expansion of 10 more tunnels for production, a pack house, processing equipment and consumables.
Completion is anticipated before the end of 2021/22 financial cycle. It is expected that a further 25 jobs will be created from the expansion of operations.