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Building a farming empire requires help – lots of it!

When Northern Cape farmer Kamogelo Hantise started her successful hydroponic farming enterprise in 2019 with the help of funding, she quickly realised that her success was tied to others beside herself. The...

Sugarcane leader: ‘Nothing happens without a woman’

As a child, Rejoice Ncwane was already well versed in the skills of sugarcane farming. While she may have once entertained the idea of becoming a lawyer, her love for the...

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...

Meet the Gugs queen who started 8 veggie gardens

On the outskirts of the Mother City lies Gugulethu, one of the oldest townships with just shy of 100 000 residents. One of them is Nomonde Kweza, an award-winning farmer and the...

Entrepreneur trades her high heels for gumboots

Urban farmer Vuthlari Chauke (32) is no ordinary woman. She’s a self-motivated powerhouse in the world of farming with intellectual vision and a killer attitude. This leader in heels is taking...

‘Don’t start at all, if you’re not willing to start small’

What do you call someone who leaves her comfy office job to farm with chickens? Brave? Or crazy perhaps? Nezisa Sogoni is a business school and IT graduate turned poultry farmer who...

All she needed was a backyard food garden, and heaps of ingenuity

When Ntando Thabethe from Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal started growing vegetables in her backyard, she had no idea that the small garden patch would develop into a commercial enterprise that will be producing...

‘Quantity, quality and common sense,” is this farmer’s success mantra

Mampe Mmeregi always dreamt of owning her own farm one day. Her aspirations, however, seemed far-fetched, as there were little to no agricultural activities in the concrete jungle of Johannesburg, Gauteng,...

From selling fish and chips to running two farming enterprises

When 24-year-old Njabulo Mbokane did her final year at Carolina Academic school in 2013, she had no idea what career path she would follow. With only one breadwinner in their household,...

25-year-old farmer says there can be success after failing matric

Ask any teenager and they’ll tell you: failing your matric exams could easily be perceived as the worst thing to ever happen. But for the young Siphesihle Kwetana from the rural...

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From brewery waste to spinach: SAB shines with Imifino

South African Breweries? Spinach? Economic salvation? You may be wondering how these seemingly incomparable items unite. Well, SAB has launched the first fully green biological treatment system for a brewery in Africa, creating much-needed jobs in the process.

FS state vet services ‘almost non-existent’

Getting a state veterinarian to visit their farms is close to impossible. This is according to livestock farmers in the Free State, who say that veterinarians often cite a lack of resources and empty fuel tanks as reasons for not doing call-outs.

Papaya industry in a seriously downward spiral

It is no secret that papayas are relatively easy to grow, but insanely difficult to market. Now an industry insider tells Food For Mzansi that the papaya industry is in a rapid decline with little hope in sight.

Mpumalanga PALS ‘a major step for land reform in Mzansi’

The establishment of Mpumalanga PALS shifts the focus from politics to sustainable agriculture, says Agri SA’s Christo van der Rheede. The critically acclaimed land reform initiative was launched at the Mbombela stadium moments ago.

Meyer steps down from FS chamber of commerce

Renaldo Meyer has resigned as the CEO of the Free State Chamber of Commerce and Industry with immediate effect from 18 October, 2021.