Who we areMakolobane Farmers Enterprises (Makolobane) is a commercial farming business situated in central Free State, just outside a small farming town called Senekal. Makolobane was established in 2008 when it was bought as a going concern farming business and today is has a few business units consisting of a dairy farming in Ayrshire cattle; a 4 hector apple orchard; Boran and Charolaise beef cattle breeding; and planting of cash crop such as maize and sunflower.
OwnershipMakolobane is a privately limited company whose shareholders are Zoopjesfontein Farmers Trust (Sekhoto’s family trust) owning 85% and Zoopjesfontein 247 Trust (employee’s trust) owning 15%. The Sekhoto family play an integral part of the business as the two registered directors of the company are employed on a full time basis and also live on the farm: Pitso Sekhoto (father) and Dimakatso Sekhoto (daughter). As much as the present business is regarded, so too is the future of the business as succession planning has been deliberately incorporated. Makolobane operates its farming operations on Zoopjesfontein Farm, which is also owned by the two trusts in a similar fashion.
Pitso SekhotoThe two directors Pitso Sekhoto and Dimakatso Sekhoto are very well positioned to propel Makolobane to where it needs to be. With 30 years of business acumen and his determination to make a success of this business, Pitso has invested a substantial amount his life’s savings into the business, as he believes it will pay off in the long run. Pitso is great brilliant at relationship building and is responsible for business development. He has forged and sustained working relationships with many private and public sector stakeholders that have enabled him to propel the business where it is now. Currently Pitso is has been traveling to other African countries in order to establish and develop business relationships in hope of participating in the exporting.
Dimakatso Sekhoto (Nono)Dimakatso Sekhoto is preparing and acting as managing director of Makolobane. She was appointed for following reasons: her strength is financial management, discipline in following through with plans and the dedication in the belief in succession planning for the family business. Dimakatso holds a BCom degree in Financial Accounting, Post Graduate Diploma in Certified Financial Planning and is currently a graduate of the Goldman Sachs-Gibs 10 000 Women Certificate Program for Women Entrepreneurs. She brings to the table her commitment to seeing the business succeed, her financial astuteness, her first-hand experience of running Makolobane since July 2011 and her fortitude to keep learning to improve her ever evolving capabilities.
Refilhoe SekhotoRefiloe Sekhoto is involved at advisory level for the company. As a qualified Charted Accountant by profession of which he is currently practicing he brings the following experience: 8 years in Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions in Telecommunications and Mining; 4 years in advisory, financial management and auditing. Refiloe is an integral part of the team as he assists with the strategy and charting the forward for the business as a whole.
Mission StatementMakolobane Farmers Enterprises aims to contribute to poverty alleviation by utilizing Zoopjesfontein farm, a legacy of the Sekhoto family, while creating sustainable employment with satisfied employees and become a substantial commercial farm delivering top quality fresh milk, apples and grain, and top grade beef cattle to the market to assist in food security.
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