Former security guard-turned-pig farmer Noncedo Khauleza-Ndzawuse believes it is better to be your own boss than to work for someone else.
The 41-year-old mother of three started with a paltry three pigs and today owns 30 with the prospect of more coming. She had been complaining about the working hours of her previous job, adding that she could not spend enough time with her family.
But things have since changed. “The business is doing well,” she told GroundUp.
But her 11-hour shifts had been taking a toll on her. “It was not healthy for me,” she added, “I would come back home and head straight to bed. I missed important family events, and I could not make time for my kids.”
Currently, she makes about R7 000 a pig selling mostly to vendors of braai meat.
“I saw an opportunity selling pigs. They grow easily and are not complicated to farm.” Her clients are business people who own tshisanyama’s, mainly in Mfuleni and Khayelitsha.
“It is better to be your own boss than work for someone else,” she added. Khauleza-Ndzawuse learned the trade of pig farming from her late grandfather in the Eastern Cape, who used to take her with him to attend to his livestock.
Ndzawuse says she feeds the pigs twice a day. Her challenge, she says, is access to water. There is no water on her plot and she has to fetch water by car from taps several kilometers away. She and her two employees slaughter the animals themselves and take the carcasses to a nearby butchery for slicing.
“In order to make money you need to get dirty, and love what you are doing,” says Khawuleza-Ndzawuse.