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‘Wake up, create your own opportunities’ says disabled farmer

Having been born with a leg deformity, 44-year-old Avhapfani “Chillyboy” Rathando could have easily allowed self-pity to consume him. Instead, he chose to not...

Johannesburg grocer is embracing change spurred by covid-19

The global covid-19 pandemic is ushering in a wave of what has widely become known as the “conscientious consumer,” believes Johannesburg-based grocery owner, Gary...

Desperation to cure daughter’s eczema leads to award-winning business

When 36-year-old Marice Mercuur’s daughter started developing eczema at only six months old she tried every medicine that her doctor prescribed to her, without...

Changing the healthy eating narrative, one smoothie at a time

For many the idea of healthy eating never sounds appealing because it conjures up an image of boring steamed veggies or a bland-tasting salad. But...

Meet the librarian who’s now mastering the art of farming

As a farmer in the Free State town of Warden, Mahadi Mopeli’s life is worlds apart from her earlier days as a librarian. She...

Walk with eyes open for opportunities, advises mango farmer

On a scorching hot day, two buses of students stepped onto the farm of Bernie van den Heever and Dirk Visser, Tamarak Mango Estate in Clanwilliam. The group of...

Fighting poverty with entrepreneurship and their NSFAS bursaries

When second-year agricultural student Taetso Tsebogo decided to start a poultry enterprise from his mother’s backyard in 2019, it was not because he wanted...

Teenaged Merino farmer lives up to his bloodline

It takes many South African youngsters years after finishing high school to discover where their true passions and purpose lie. Babalwa Sokupha, on the other...

‘Why wait? Just start,’ says award-winning dairy farmer

Surely there’s no better feeling for an agriculturalist than to be recognised for dedicating a big chunk of your professional life to agriculture, agri...

To make it in agriculture ‘you need help, it’s that simple’

When the opportunity to lay the foundation of his own farming business presented itself to Whernit Dirks at the age of 17, the farmer...

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Land reform: R6 m. for beneficiaries after KZN agreement

A total of 194 households in Ubizo, near Richards Bay, have benefitted to the tune of R6-million following an agreement signed two years ago between...

Future of SA wine discussed at 2021 info day

South African wine businesses will convene virtually at the start of 2021 to take a look at the state of the industry and equip...

Four things happening in SA agriculture today, 26 November

Today on the agricultural agenda, the minister of environment, forestry, and fisheries will announce the recipients of the R1,3 million cash injection for their...

25-year-old stud breeder shows agriculture is not just for boys

There is a new generation of farmers on the agricultural fields of South Africa who are standing back for nothing and no-one. Amongst them...

Young Farmer of the Year humble despite his notable victory

The maxim "be humble, win big" fits the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa (TLU SA) Young Farmer of the Year, Danie Bester, unequivocally. Even...