the case study of andries opperman the junior businessman of the year 2004
JUNIOR BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR :
Extracted from “Avizandum - May 2005”
“Hobby vs Business” Andries Opperman (16 years) :
Each bird farm has a history. [ My bird farming enterprise hatched when I was thirteen.
From when I was small, I was the one in our family who always wanted to save money.
Later I decided I rather wanted to earn my own money. Entrepreneurs’ days at primary
me as well. In 2001 a friend of my parents offered me the opportunity
to buy some of his cages. And so I started bird farming.
As the money trickled in, I was able to expand my bird farming enterprise slowly but
surely. I also joined the local bird club. There were people that made me feel welcome.
But the impression I got from the “big” bird farmers was that they functioned like “elite
One day I met Oom Sakkie Visagie. He is the one who got me going and who introduced
me to the “elite society”. He also helped me to transform my hobby to a hobby/business.
Unfortunately I began losing the pure love for the birds’ aspect in 2003. I only regarded
the birds as a means to making money. This caused me to make quite a few mistakes in
In March 2004 I entered the ABSA Top Entrepreneur Competition and was chosen as
one of the finalists. My business subject? Exotica Bird Farming! …. The prize money
gave my hobby/business a real boost. The award also made me much more acceptable
as member of the “elite” club. ............ ]
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