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Johannes (Hannes) Gouws

Johannes (Hannes) Gouws
Johannes (Hannes) Gouws

He is 65 and he has lived here on Ribbokeiland all of his life. His father bought the farm in the 1940s and Hannes took over the farm in 1974.

He is married and has six sons and one daughter. His daughter is a teacher and his sons have a variety of jobs, one works for the local council one works as an ambulance driver and the others just have casual labour. He has nine grandchildren.

He has 3.1 Ha of land of which 0.25 is under vines which he planted himself. Every day he wakes at 6a.m. His breakfast is some coffee and some porridge or bread. He is working on his vines by 7p.m. Since the plot of land under vines is small, Hannes does all of the work himself and everything is done by hand. He has to keep the land cleared of weeds and do all of the watering. The whole family helps with the pruning.

“I sells my raisins to the local markets in Keimoes. My raisins were graded 94% choice grade for 2016.

Before farming raisins, I was the local broom maker. I grew the grasses for the brooms on my land and then made the brooms. Now I want to start slowing down and I need to encourage my sons to take up farming and I can help them. One of my sons has been trained by EAC and when we have more vines we will hire equipment from EAC to help us. I can irrigate my land [with flood irrigation].

I am a very passionate farmer and it runs in my blood. This is a very rewarding business and I hope one day all my knowledge and love for farming will continue to be a legacy in our family.”


2011 Flood

A period of unusually heavy rainfall, resulting from the La Nina and Southern Oscillation mechanism, affected much of Southern Africa from late December 2010. This led to flooding problems in seven of South Africa’s nine provinces. Rainfall within the catchment of the Orange River resulted in severe problems in the Northern Cape from January 2011, as the Orange River discharge and peak flow reached their highest levels for nearly a quarter of a century.

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A Leopard on the Islands of Eksteenskuil

During August 2008 Department of Nature Conservation was contacted by the Eksteenskuil Co-op to assist farmers in the Langklaas islands where their livestock were being attacked by a predator thought to be a leopard. Nature Conservation assisted the farmers by setting a cage to capture the leopard. In September 2008 the leopard was captured and the community was very surprised because this was history in Eksteenskuil. This is an intensive farming area and comparatively densely populated. Nobody expected a leopard on the Islands of Eksteenskuil. The community assisted Nature Conservation with the task to capture the leopard. The leopard was relocated to a nature reserve.

A Leopard on the Islands of Eksteenskuil A Leopard on the Islands of Eksteenskuil

Leopards are one of South Africa’s last remaining large carnivores. These elusive and majestic creatures are by far the most successful of the big cats because they are so adaptable and are able to hunt, survive and reproduce in some of South Africa’s harshest environments. These solitary roamers are found from the beaches of Cape Agulhas all the way to Northern most tip of South Africa.

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