Thulani and the Daggaboer Farm stall

“The individual definition of what success is may vary, but many might define it as being fulfilled, happy, safe, healthy, and loved. It is the ability to reach your goals in life, whatever those goals may be.”

Thank you to Isobel, Mariana and Thulani for sharing your story.

Daggaboer Farm stall opened doors in November 2006. The owner is Isobel Neethling. The idea for a farm stall came about when Andrew & Sanria Jordaan, owners of the farm, invited Isobel to live on the farm. The somewhat peculiar name of Daggaboer always draws attention and visitors often jokingly (we hope) ask for the ‘happy weed’. We then refer them tongue in the cheek to the sign at the front door, which reads: Dagga sold out at 06h00 – Business hours from: 08h00.

The Daggaboer name has several ‘legends’ as to its origin:

1. Apparently the Trollops who were British Settlers (the oldest grave on the farm dates back to 1856) were registered to cultivate dagga as a supplement for horse feed. Remember, in those days horses were the main form of transport and the dagga pips would provide extra stamina.

2. Two kilometres from the Farm stall the stone ruins of what was once Piet Retief’s farm lies on the right hand side travelling from Cradock to Port Elizabeth. Over the years after he left to join the Great Trek, a blacksmith, trading post, police station and even a small hotel was established on the site. This became the local farmer’s gathering spot and they used to greet each other with: “Dag ou Boer” and eventually it just rolled out as Daggaboer

3. Also the Khoi San name for game is Dagga and as the area is very rich in game (when you travel in this area please heed the Kudu warning signs!) and hence legend has it that this is the origin for the name Daggaboer.

As we all know, urban legends tend to grow and grow and therefore we claim the same ‘right’ for our ‘rural legends’. If you have spice to add, please let us know.

Farm stall lost their customer base due to all the travel restrictions but because they moved sales online, their head cobbler has achieved his dream! 

The Daggaboer Farm stall struggled through each of the phases of lockdown but thrived by adapting to life online. While the farm stall has been very quiet due to lack of travellers, Isobel Neethling has made sure her head cobbler Thulani was supported.

Thulani’s Success Story…

“The individual definition of what success is may vary, but many might define it as being fulfilled, happy, safe, healthy, and loved. It is the ability to reach your goals in life, whatever those goals may be.”

Thulani and his wife Lillian, have been living and working on Daggaboer Farm for the past 12 years. Thulani is appointed as the Head Cobbler and he is responsible for the manufacturing of the Daggaboer Sheepskin Slippers. As the Covid-pandemic hit South Africa, the farm stall had to close for a few months and once we were able to open our doors, we had less visitors, due to provincial borders being closed.

The Farm stall took another “hit” with the December lockdown as many of our clients cancelled their vacation plans and December is generally known as our busiest month. In these uncertain times, we were however blessed to be able to stay “afloat” due to the amazing support of our loyal customers and especially our slipper sales!

We were forced to think “outside the box” and that is where Thulani and Lillian played such an important role. Determined, they set out and worked many overtime hours to ensure the Farm stall is always fully stocked with slippers, as we started marketing our slippers on online platforms more intensively.

The result… we had the best slipper-sales ever in 2020!

Thulani had a goal… he saved every cent and a few weeks ago, he was able to buy his first vehicle… a lifelong dream coming true!

We are so extremely proud of Thulani and Lillian and would once again like to thank them for their hard work, determination and support!

Thulani, you deserve your new wheels and we wish you many safe travels!!!!

John

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