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Transformation project stands as an example

Free State Merino farmer Eddie Prinsloo first began mulling over a way to empower his employees in 1994. He wanted to transfer a piece of land to employees who had been working for him for many years. His staff had, for example, played an integral role in developing a market for his stud rams in neighbouring Lesotho.

“They did all the work to grow relationships with buyers in that country,” he explains. Prinsloo, who farms on Heuningkrans between Smithfield and Reddersburg, realised, however, that the area he could provide was too small to create an economically sustainable business. It was two decades before he began the process again after a call by government for farmers to present proposals

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