Lower Majeakgoro Restitution project

Project Name

Investor Sector
Agriculture: Pecan Nut Project
Key contact:
Bernard Mabele
Job title:
Project Manager: Agriculture and Agro-Processing
+27 53 833 1503

Brief overview of this sector in the region
The Northern Cape is enjoying a tremendous growth in value-added activities, including game-farming. Food production and processing for the local and export market is also growing significantly. Underpinning the growth and development plan of the province are the investment projects that link up with the existing plans of the Namaqua Development Corridor. 
The economy of a large part of the Northern Cape, the interior Karoo, depends on sheep-farming, while the karakul-pelt industry is one of the most important in the Gordonia district of Upington. The province has fertile agricultural land. In the Orange River Valley, especially at Upington, Kakamas and Keimoes, grapes and fruit are cultivated intensively. Wheat, fruit, peanuts, maize and cotton are produced at the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme near Warrenton. 

Specific location/site

The farm is situated in Magogong, 130km North of Kimberley under the Jurisdiction of Phokwane Local Municipality.

Brief description of opportunity
The farm has 63ha of land with water rights and the feasibility study has been completed revealing that the farm is suitable for the following crops: Cash crops (Lucerne, Wheat and Vegetables) Pecan Nuts, Citrus, olives and prunes both on small scale. NCEDA has identified NENSIS nuts as the operating partner to form a joint venture with the community for the production of pecan nuts. 
Current activities on the land:
- 22ha leased to a commercial farmer.
- The land is used to grow Lucerne primarily used to feed cattle.
Ownership of the land:
- Lechuti Commercial Gardens Trust (Lower Majeakgoro community.
The project is deemed feasible from a technical, economic/financial and institutional perspective. It is further believed that the commercial partner will operate in good faith and further contribute to successful black economic empowerment. Presently the available resources (Land and Water) registered in the community name in the form of a trust are under utilized. In the consultants’ opinion, this is primarily due to the lack of sufficient business knowledge, lack of skills in terms of production practices and support from external stakeholders