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.”