Top chicken farmer credits BSSA for success
He believes he has the biggest black-owned chicken farm in Africa, and presently has 430 000 birds in eight poultry houses on his 54 ha property.
This is Peter Tshikhudo (36), owner of Shumani Broilers near Koster in North-West Province. Peter’s highly successful operation supplies 3.6 million birds per year to one of South Africa’s largest chicken producers, which in turn processes and distributes them to a leading national fast-food chain. The farm has an annual turnover of just over R8 million.
No back seat for Mary
Taking the back seat is not what Mary Phadi, a 37-year-old Middelburg entrepreneur, had in mind when she entered the male-dominated world of coal transport.
In the short space of four years this fearless go-getter has built up a successful commercial transport business which now owns seven tipper trucks and employs 24 people.
Mary is the managing director of Basadi Peniel Logistics (Basadi meaning women), which transports coal and chrome from the mines around Middelburg to Eskom’s power stations and different factories. Basadi is contracted directly with both Eskom and Samancor.
Soldiers need the right weapons
“If you want to be a soldier, you need to carry the right weapons.”
This is the motto of Lesego Kuobane, general manager of Concentrate Carriers in Marikana near Rustenburg in North-West Province.
Lesego and his three colleagues - technical manager Tshepo Mogapi, operations manager Jacob Tshwagong and administration and safety manager Annah Sekhuthe – were part of a group that completed three levels of BSSA’s Core Programme in Mooinooi.