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Tapiwa’s ice cream: A taste of Africa in every scoop

Tapiwa Guzha went into the ice cream industry on a whim. But he soon realised that ice cream could be a vehicle for cultural expression, and today his mission is to celebrate and share the diversity of African cultures.

No more waiting around, says driven wine entrepreneur

Waiting tables was never just a pastime for Tinashe Nyumudoka. It was his golden ticket to a thriving wine business. But only because he had the drive to seize it.

Agripreneur 101: Meet the producer of a skincare range

The organic ingredients this agripreneur used to take care of her skin as a teen became the basis of her agri-business. She now shares some of the valuable lessons she has learnt since.

Herb entrepreneur diversifies, grows through pandemic

It has been a slow, steady race for herb farmer and agro-processing entrepreneur Basil Williams. Over more than two decades he has built his farming operation to where he produces more than 3 tonnes per month, most of which is now used to make his own range of pestos, sauces and dried herbs.

Juice agripreneur is ‘fishing in a new spot’

For Hope Matshepo Matlala, known as Chef Hope, there are many reasons to be hopeful these days. Since starting her chef’s journey, Matlala had faced some serious setbacks. Now, her very own juice brand is finding its way into local stores.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a juice manufacturer

Like countless other entrepreneurs, this chef and juice manufacturer followed an unexpected path that led to their current success. She now produces popular high-quality juices and warns agripreneurs of the vultures always circling others' businesses.

Be proud of your hustle, says vendor-turned-farmer

Nomfundo Yothula was one of many street vendors whose businesses were dealt a fatal blow by the hard lockdown of 2020. She was forced to shut down her vetkoek-selling hustle in Thembisa, and found a proud plan B in farming.

Madumbi rebrands following merger with Swiss pioneers

A better future awaits farmers who seek healthy, sustainable and biorational solutions, vows Andermatt Madumbi following an historic merger announced this week.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a chilli sauce maker

In 2017, Phathutshedzo Marvelous Madula (27) had given up hope of securing the learnership he needed to finish his engineering qualification. Raised by his grandmother in Ha Mandiwana, Limpopo, he had hoped to change his family's circumstances through his qualification. After four years of searching without any luck, he gave up.

Meet agri lawyer Katlego Ngwane, the ‘legal boeremeisie’

Born and raised in Rustenberg in North West, Katlego Ngwane (33) dreamed of being a lawyer as a little girl. Law runs in her blood, with her mother also being an attorney, but her inspiration came from an unlikely place.

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Empowering smaller farms with global connections to trade

The opportunity is open for trade partners and platforms to serve as a gateway to export for small to medium farmers. This is why powering globalisation with partnerships remains a key factor to facilitate the enjoyment of a post-pandemic recovery for farmers across the globe.

Red tape is choking biodiversity research in SA

It is no exaggeration to say that science has saved humanity on multiple occasions. The most recent has been through the development of vaccines for the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a chicken liver manufacturer

For Kyle Oelofse, Chief Executive Officer of Goshen Food Solutions, creating a product that was both high in nutrients and delicious was a matter of extreme importance. The product was created in response to a call from the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), a government-run programme that offers disadvantaged learners one nutritional meal a day.

The hard truth about being a farm manager

From a rural Eastern Cape village to managing one of KwaZulu-Natal’s top farms. This is the story of Mpumezo Ndima, an inspirational leader who has learnt many tough lessons along the way.

Wanted: the plant varieties that changed your life

Whether you're a farmer or a consumer – if a plant has made your business more profitable or your life easier, the Southern African Plant Breeders Association (SAPBA) wants to hear about it.