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Cotton by-products promise opportunities for Africa

Cotton by-products hold valuable opportunities for farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa. Developing these opportunities could make a huge contribution towards diversifying the subcontinents’...

He’s only 19, but already a successful livestock farmer

“Farming is in me, it runs in my blood and my veins. I am a farmer by birth,” confidently declares Thabo Dithakgwe (19), one...

Mentoring programme opens the door to commercial farming

The dream of farming commercially will soon become a reality for six emerging farmers from the Free State. They were identified through the Sernick...

Award winning fruit farmer still yearns to farm on his own land…

André Cloete vividly remembers the moment when, as a six-year-old farmworkers’ son, he decided that one day he would own his own farm. He was...

Farmer-mom builds egg empire while raising six children

The day Wadea Jappie (49) decided to follow in her daddy’s footsteps should go down in history as the best decision of her life. Her...

‘Let us all grow big,’ says Jozi’s first Nigerian farmer

Edward Wisdom (48) is originally from the southeast of Nigeria. Since coming to South Africa in 1994 he has carved out a niche for...

Eureka farm homework centre nurtures learners to excel

On any given weekday, a few minutes before 3 pm, you’ll find a group of peppy learners chattering away while making their way to...

Third-generation farmer builds his father’s legacy

Love for the land runs through the veins of third-generation farmer and agri-leader Jaco Minnaar (42). He has spent his entire life dedicated to...

Young farm manager has ambitions higher than the Drakensberg

The East Griqualand Highlands in the southernmost of the Drakensberg is considered KwaZulu Natal’s best kept secret. Among these mountains – whose altitude range...

Self-proclaimed girly-girl is a proud pig farmer

Things have never come easily for Mosele Lepheane. Perhaps that is why she often chooses to do things differently, choosing to branch out from...

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Township entrepreneurs on defensive about ‘spaza shop’ spin-offs

The Shoprite Group’s Usave retail chain recently introduced mobile stores in township communities to give people easier access to food purchases during the nation-wide...

From ‘write-off’ to multi-award-winning international crop exporter

When 27-year-old Uzair Essack saw his peers graduate two to three years before him, he never imagined that he would one day own a multi-award-winning export company that would gain...

Back to school: Don’t ignore kids’ coronavirus anxiety

With the first learners due to return to school after the covid-19 lockdown shortly, experts have urged parents to help their children cope with...

Didiza thanks farmers, agri organisations for generosity

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, has expressed her appreciation for farmers, farmers’ organisations and agribusinesses that go out of their way to show humanity towards the destitute.  May organisations showed ubuntu by donating and contributing food parcels,...

Covid-19 boosts digitisation of agriculture industry

The covid-19 shock has propelled the agriculture sector into taking a giant technological leap forward. We’ve seen farmers adopting digital and social media platforms to sell produce directly to...