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Rustenburg youngsters dream of running Mzansi’s biggest hydroponics business

A high school science project connected Kutlwana Tisane, Percyval Alset and Lerato Maphoto in 2013. The quick-witted friends outlined a plan to curb malnutrition...

Mzansi’s mopani queen has given the worms a complete facelift

Mzansi has a new queen and she’s on a mission to put mopani worms back on the map and onto South African dinner plates....

There is an angel factory in the Karoo

Picture, if you will, a Christmas angel factory. Do you imagine fluffy clouds, elves, sparkly tinsel? People dressed in pointy hats with tinkling bells? You...

Agriculture needs talent and people who think differently

“Our teachers play a pivotal role in growing agriculture in South Africa as well as creating awareness, especially high school teachers.” So said Lindie...

Solar Farms can prevent stage 1 load shedding

Farmers could be helping Mzansi avoid load shedding even while our agriculture industry gets more internationally competitive, but applications for the building of solar...

How a Free State farmer brought his dying land back from the brink

Danie Slabbert (39) might look like a typical farmer, but his forbearers are probably turning in their graves questioning his unconventional farming methods. This...

Indigenous Pedi tea from ‘the Garden of Eden’ takes organic market by storm

Nondumiso Phaahla, 56, remembers how her parents would show deep gratitude when she makes tea for them. “It was a big thing!” she says. ...

Bright young minds are 3D printing the future of farming

Which of these tools and implements are NOT useful on a farm: bakkies, tractors, gumboots, 3D printers? If you answered “3D printers”, you would...

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Farming podcast: Agriculture is our solution

In the South African National Budget Review for 2021, it was revealed that government’s recovery plan focuses on raising the economy’s long-term growth rate...

Home food garden: What to plant in March

Yes, we know, organic vegetable gardening in your own home food garden is an activity that can be challenging. But it is really the...

From going bust to supplying Spar in just 6 months

In the heart of Mbokotwane, a village less than 20 minutes away from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, a black-owned farming business empowers youth...

What’s behind SA’s avocado tiff with Tanzania?

As Mzansi celebrates the start of its new avocado season, the country is locked in a bitter fight over Tanzanian avocados. This, after a...

7 (not-so-easy!) ways to get farmland in SA

We all know how important farming is for our livelihood in Mzansi, not just as an employment opportunity, but to feed and clothe our people....