Wayne Mansfield, who grew up in Pniel, outside Stellenbosch, is proud to have his own farm today, known as Fruit Field Farming, after years of being a hawker where he would collect fruit from Fairview Farm and sell it at various markets.
Mansfield said: “My father was a salesman and hawker at Cape Town market and I would always go with him to sell from the age of 16. He taught me how to sell and negotiate with people. My father eventually gave me my own bakkie to go around to different farms and buy fruit to sell at the markets.”
In 2006, Mansfield started picking lemons at the nearby Fairview Wine and Cheese Farm, where he met Donald Matton, who encouraged him to consider farming lemons.
Mansfield said that when he looks back, he realises how much they have struggled and feels fortunate to be where he is today.