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Meet the app-building brothers who farm for the future

In agriculture, two heads are always better than one. In the case of Eric and Willem van Zyl, this approach led to a multi-lingual farming app. The app-developing brothers are fourth generation...

From cushy corporate job to cannabis entrepreneur

“My proudest and most frightening moment was resigning from a great corporate role to be an entrepreneur with a start-up business,” says Marianne Brown, the CEO and co-founder of CanAgri Global,...

Meet the man with the coolest job in SA agriculture

23-year-old Ziphezinhle Gabuza, better known as Boyzee, from Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal spent the past week teaching an artificial intelligence to count cattle on a farm in the Free State. Gabuza is currently spearheading the Sernick Group’s...

Agri Careers: Meet an organic fertiliser specialist

Ever heard of an organic fertiliser specialist? Meet Thapelo Phiri Jnr, who helps crop farmers get the most out of the land they farm on. Phiri is the director of Golden Legacy...

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 in Mzansi and started their own company...

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. Her name is Phuti Ngoasheng Kabasa, but...

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 could not be more wrong. The Karoo Angel...

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 Stroebel, general manager of the Produce Marketing...

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 farms are delayed by the National Energy...

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 farmer’s philosophy is that he’s merely borrowing...

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Farmworkers’ children should be free to choose – Didiza

Children of farmworkers must enter the sector by choice and not by circumstance. This was the stern message earlier today (Monday, 25 October 2021)...

Govt. funding delay causes insect research unit to close

Several research units that specialise in the control of invasive species using insects have stopped getting funding from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). One unit has already closed down and others are at risk.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a non-dairy yoghurt maker

Moringa, cancer bush, sea moss... As if the flavours aren't enough to make Andile Sasanti's yoghurts stand out from the rest, they are vegan...

Former football star scores winning goal in farming

Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”

Guard against heat stress, warn livestock experts

With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.