Born 42 years in Mahlangatsha, outside Mankayane, Ngwenya did not hide her desire of wearing the crown as the country’s best woman farmer next year and drive home a big tractor that she can use to supplement her income. Her desire could become a reality because she has all what it takes to rise to the occasion.
At her place just on the outskirts of Siphofaneni she boast of over 400 indigenous chickens that she raises in a shed measuring 15 metres by 10 metres. Other than the indigenous chickens she also has Peacocks, Bantams popularly known as (bomapipiligwane), Malay Games, and some of the animals originate from as far as Malaysia and India. These are Indian Chickens and Silky chickens and other types of chickens just to name a few.
These chickens saw her launching a goat project that has seen over 20 goats roam her compound. She was approached by someone who had a Boer goat that was pregnant, that person wanted to exchange a goat for four of her chickens. Her goats are transported on the back of a trailer drawn by a Mahindra whenever she wants to take them to the dipping tank. If all goes according to plan she would like to have her livestock sprayed once they acquire their own property. That can be on a farm she wants to own so that she can do a lot of things on the farm.
Geese, turkeys and ducks are also part of the breeds that she wants to multiply so that she can also have them in abundance at her compound. Mixed fowl is the main feed for her batch of birds to multiply to have them in abundance. A borehole is their source of water in the drought stricken area but that comes with a price of over E280 per month. There is also an incubator that had eggs that were on day number 20 and some chicks were already seen moving around through the glass of the facility that takes over than 350 eggs at a time.
The future looks bright for the mother of four children namely two girls and two boys since she was to have an abattoir to make sure that she becomes the first ever person to own a regional abattoir to cater for the whole region. Their youngest son Nkosenhle aged 12 would once in a while come and play with his mother in the course of the interview and that showed that there was a strong bond between the two.
She indicated that prospects seem to favour her because the amount of hard work she was putting will surely pay off. Getting the abattoir will make sure that her indigenous chickens sold in major chain stores around the Lubombo region. At the abattoir they will see the chickens properly slaughtered to meet their expectations. A fish pond is another project she hopes to embark on soon. Due to shortage of space in her compound she intends using plastic water tank to kick start her project.
Other animals found at her place are more than ten rabbits that have given birth. After 28 days she hopes to increase the number so that there were more rabbits at her place. In order to feed her rabbits she organises cabbages and pellets so that they can grow properly.
To avert an incident of a power black-out she uses a standby generator that takes over whenever there is a power surge
Once all this has been realised they would like to own a farm so that they can have a feedlot and also other livestock. On the farm they will also grow yellow maize and sunflower so that they can reduce costs of buying animal feed to running costs. If she was not looking after her birds she wails time with her three over-locking machines that she uses for sawing curtains and other household items.
When she was asked if she would consider standing for national elections should people from her community can ask her to be their Member of Parliament. She scoffed at prospects of being an MP arguing it could affect her business so she would not like to spend her time away from her project. Three school going children are beneficiaries of her gesture.