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Dairy farmer on mission to make a difference

It was exactly ten years ago when dairy farmer Siviwe Tikana (28) joined a missionary organisation called Youth With a Mission in Worcester, Western Cape, in his gap year after high...

Side hustle: Student starts his own poultry farm

While at the age of 21 most of his peers are still trying to figure themselves out, Katlego Mohloding from Thothololo village in Ha-Muila, Limpopo has carved a niche in farming,...

The gospel of farming according to Phikolomzi Dlamini

Phikolomzi Qinisa Dlamini from Vryheid in KwaZulu-Natal was fortunate to find his passion when he was very young. The 23-year-old farm manager made the decision to become a farmer when he...

‘Don’t believe the naysayers,’ says Limpopo agripreneur

Ndivhuwo Budeli wishes he had ignored the advice of those who believed it couldn't be done when he wanted to begin farming five years ago. Instead, he abandoned his dream and...

Market will always find quality produce, says crop farmer

Many farmers may advise that attaining a market is the first and crucial step before planting their crops, but Pfananani Augustine Nemasisi believes the opposite is true. The 30-year Limpopo-born farmer believes...

‘Farming is the best way to fight poverty,’ exclaims goat farmer

Farming is the best way to fight poverty, believes a 34-year-old Limpopo farmer, Emmanuel Mudau, who transitioned from being a sales representative at a local furniture store to a multi-award-winning goat...
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WATCH: Hardship of a young black farmer

The greatest obstacles young black farmers in South Africa face include the lack of support, training, access to markets, finance, the price of inputs and mentorship. In this week’s Farmer’s Inside...

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,...

Firefighting farmer is building a legacy for his sons

What started as a small vegetable patch in Limpopo-born firefighter Raymond Monyela's garden has boomed into a six-hectare enterprise supplying major supermarkets in Polokwane. Spurred on by the growing need for generational...

Young farmer fulfils his father’s farming dream

Thirteen years ago the dream to farm of Tumelo Siliga’s father, Bethuel Siliga, became a reality. Bethuel's dream was short lived, however, due to his unexpected death. The life plans of...

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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.