Hannes Hobbs is a citrus farmer on the farm Welverdiend just outside Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape.He was born in Kirkwoord and attended St Reginald’s and St Kevin’s primary schools before going to Uitenhage High School.
“My parents worked on a citrus farm in the Kirkwood area. They helped to send my brother to teachers’ training college, but couldn’t afford to provide me with an education as well.”
At the time the government’s land reform programme was gaining momentum. As fiery activist who worked hard to bring about change prior to 1994, Hannes helped establish a land reform initiative.
As part of this initiative Hannes and his father-in-law Stephen Wagenaar, former foreman on a citrus farm, obtained the 8.35 ha farm Welverdiend. Today they are successful citrus farmers with Stephen handling the technical side and Hannes keeping his finger on the pulse of the farm’s finances. Click to open link to e-chapter
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