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Wine experts share ‘story of hope’ with new farmers

South Africa's wine industry has faced an extraordinary number of challenges over the course of the past year, but low points often make space for opportunities to grow. This was the take-home...

Trade union irked by R100bn plan for Durban port

The National Union of Mineworkers (Numsa) says moving Transnet’s head office to the Eastern Cape will effectively render the Durban port useless. This, despite President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vow to position Durban...

Logistics challenges could hurt innovative citrus industry

Despite logistical challenges to secure global exports, South Africa’s innovative citrus industry now expects export volumes for 2021 to, at the very least, equal last year’s levels. In its latest newsletter, the...

Latest crop estimates: It’s raining maize, hallelujah!

Mzansi famers are expecting yet another bumper maize harvest with the latest crop estimates banking the size of commercial maize crops for 2021 at a massive 15 922 million tonnes. This...

Trade war fallout: China finds new bestie in SA wines

Tension between Australia and China over key commodities, including beef, cotton and wine, could have South African farmers smiling all the way to the bank. This is the view of Johan Reyneke,...

Meet the women selling the boys their big toys

Across the globe, International Women’s Day is observed today. In 2021 the focus is on the efforts of women and girls around the world to shape a more equal future as well as...

AfCFTA could be ‘jackpot for SA farmers’

Bearing in mind that Mzansi is a major exporter of food products to the rest of the continent, there can be no doubt that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)...

Steady interest rates ‘positive for agri in tough times’

The agricultural sector has welcomed the South African Reserve Bank’s decision to keep the repo rate unchanged – a much-needed lifeline for farmers who want to do repairs or invest in...

Mosele proves that pig farming can be glamorous

Things have never come easy for Mosele Lepheane. Perhaps that is why she often chooses to do things differently, especially after choosing to trade a career in marketing and event planning...

Omnia’s turnaround strategy lands on fertile ground

Despite covid-19 induced challenges, Omnia Holdings Limited, a JSE-listed chemicals group, delivered a resilient performance in uncertain local and international operating environments. In its interim results for the last six months...

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From bullied teen to 15yo kitchen entrepreneur

Siphesile Mhlongo (15) from KwaZulu-Natal may not be old enough to drive or attend culinary school yet, this has not stopped her from starting...

Recipe: Sippy’s strawberry shake

Siphesile Mhlongo is only 15, but she's already running her own business, teaching other teens to cook. Having joined her mom to experiment in the...

Chicken farm guide: Tips on chicken feed

Farming with chickens is relatively cheap compared to other farming options. One of your biggest expenses will be chicken feed, so you need to know exactly how to minimise food wastage and spoilage in order to keep your costs down.

African swine fever tips for small-scale pig farmers

African swine fever is no child’s play. It can literally destroy pig farmers overnight. Currently, Mzansi has at least 52 outbreaks across the country. An expert has top tips on biosecurity measures.

Farm dwellers, farmers clash with government over land

Farm dwellers, whose families have lived on Bapsfontein Farm (portion 5 of Varkfontein) near Bronkhorstspruit since 1954, have taken control of 160 of its 222 hectares, claiming that they are the rightful beneficiaries of the land.