Land and food
ReStory narrator: Jaap Knot Nepo SA is a start-up company run by myself and my wife as a closed corporation.
Biodiversity, nature, climate
Using goats to control invasive alien plants could provide an economic opportunity for small livestock farmers in South Africa. Goat farmers can become entrepreneurs that run alien plant clearing goat herds and so become indispensable in the fight to control and eradicate invasive plants. There is also the great advantage of the goats being a lucrative source of meat and skins with a ready market. We have invasive alien plants in almost every part of South Africa and if properly managed, goats for aliens could become economically important in smaller rural communities.
It is indeed up to each one of us to play a part in restoring and conserving the precious heritage of our natural veld and soil. And it is not impossible and difficult to make it a lifestyle. It is richly rewarding.
The community of Vanwyksdorp, a little agricultural village in the heart of the arid Little Karoo, was stuck in a status quo of depopulation of rural agriculture, unemployment, poverty and helplessness. Vanwyksdorp has a good school but the situation was exacerbated by the annual exodus of school leavers, full of knowledge and expectations, only to find a world of closed doors and very few or no opportunities.