Kalahari Wild is a Ready Business

Kalahari Wild and Vodacom deliver remote connectivity

Farming in South Africa is changing and for many, the old ways of doing business are no longer viable. To survive, farmers must think differently and act fast. Kalahari Wild is one such example. It’s using the latest communication solutions to help diversify, automate and cut costs.


Kalahari Wild is a Ready Business

The roan antelope is the second largest of the antelope species. Native to central and southern Africa, it’s not yet on the endangered species list but its future is threatened by poaching and habitat loss. Numbers have drastically reduced across Africa; it’s now estimated that just 60% of roan antelope live in protected areas. One such area is Grootfontein, a 12,000 hectare farm in South Africa’s Northern Cape, 65km east of Kuruman where Kalahari Wild has commenced a Scarce Game Breeding programme. The farm is owned by the Van Der Merwe family, Jacques van der Merwe, a 38-year-old father of two and business partner Janus Kotze, an African buffalo breeder from Swellendam in the Western Cape.

The farm has been in the family for 60 years, mainly with livestock and cash crops. Wildlife Conservation Breeding and in particular roan antelope have only recently been part of the overall plan.

Broadband Connect Satellite allows Jacques to manage his farm business remotely, from Swellendam, a town 1,200 km to the south, in the Western Cape. It carries data and allows Voice-over IP calls.

“I can check on the roan data at any time,” he says, “talk to the guys, see the latest pictures and compare the tracking data.” It means Jacques and his wife can focus on developing their guesthouse and restaurant business in Swellendam without losing track of operations on the farm.

It means Jacques and his wife can focus on developing their guesthouse and restaurant business in Swellendam without losing track of operations on the farm.

"There were four or five other satellite options, but these were private providers and I wasn’t comfortable they’d be around in a year’s time. We wanted a partner that would be there for the long term."Jacques Van Der Merwe, Co-founder and Director, Kalahari Wild (Pty) Ltd.

How did Kalahari benefit?

  • Ensures data coverage, for the first time, across a remote farming region which allows remote management of the farm
  • Delivers a consistent service, removing the variable connectivity standards experienced with mobile and fixed
  • Provides a platform on which to add new data services with flexible data usage
  • Cements a long-term partnership with the communications provider, improving the ability to plan future strategies