n Farmer’s Weekly - From maize, to mill, to meal : business - cover

Volume 2016, Issue 16010
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



In 1994, necessity led Johann Vos to erect a small mill on his farm, Van Oudtshoorn Stroom, situated between Ermelo and Amsterdam in Mpumalanga. What started as an operation to ensure that his cattle had enough feed for winter has led to a sizeable family enterprise operating under the brand Sakhisizwe Maize Meal and Animal Feeds. Today, the business involves his wife, Hannelie, and his daughter, Hanri. "My first love is cattle, which means I actually farm with grass. The mill happened out of necessity. Cattle require feed for winter and this feed needs to be stored. Maize for the market also has to be stored at co-op silos, but at a price," Johann says.

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