Government Invests 32million to boost production at the Wittekleibosch Dairy Farm.
32 million has been invested by the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform for the construction of a rotary dairy parlour equipped with 66points together with a feeding system, handling facilities and a waste management system at the Wittekleibosch farm in the Koukamma Local Municipality. This was announced by the Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Mlibo Qoboshiyane at a sod-turning event on the 4th of October 2016 in the presence of Koukamma Mayor Sam Vuso, Municipal Manager Sabelo Nkuhlu and various stakeholders including members of the community. “The facilities at the farm currently are depleted and do not have enough capacity to milk 1 100 heifers hence there was a need for this kind of investment from the government. The government also believes that as a result of this investment – output and revenue will be increased as this is also government’s way of creating more jobs in the area,” said Qoboshiyane.
This is the first land claim to be settled by government under the Land Claims Restitution Act of 1994, Wittekleibosch is part owned by the Wittekleibosch Development Trust (WDT) which represents 152 families of the Amamfengu tribe who were forcefully removed by the apartheid regime between 1977 and 1978. Through a joint venture between WDT which uses land as the asset for the agreement and commercial dairy farming brothers Johan and Willie du Plessis, and the Wittekleibosch farm sells the 6.2million litres of milk it produces to Parmalat.