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Farming is hard work, says 29-year-old livestock enthusiast

As a young boy, growing up in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu Natal, Ndumiso Gule woke up to the sounds of sheep, goats, and...

Perseverance drives his farming dream

A farmer’s work is definitely not child’s play and Sizo Tshabalala’s story is a testament to that. It took guts and perseverance for the...

20-year-old farmer took on a man’s job, and loved it

Imagine waking up one morning and being told by your father that he’s appointing you as foreman over your family’s vegetable farm. You just...

You can’t run away from your calling, says female farmer

Mbali Ngcobo is a jack of all trades, and a hustler of note. She’s been a waitress, sales lady, teacher and she’s even worked...

22-year-old farm manager said yes to agriculture and no to medicine

“There’s a perception among the youth that farming is easy work, with high financial yields, but that’s not why I’m in agriculture. I’m here...

Young farmers feed close to 6000 school learners daily

Zanele Ntuli and Aaron Motau, both 29 years old, are vegetable farmers whose ultimate responsibility is to ensure that every day about 6000 learners...

‘I am happy in agriculture,’ says 31-year-old farm manager

With much humility, Nsika Shabalala tells me: “Farming chose me, before I could choose anything else.” Nsika Shabalala (31) has always been a bit of...

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...

‘I was destined for this,’ believes aspiring dairy farmer

Kireshni Naiker believes to prosper in life, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. This aspiring dairy farmer...

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...

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WATCH: Learning is the key to farming family’s success

This week’s Farmer’s Inside Track video episode features agronomist Lerato Botha. The 25-year-old is the director of a family run vegetable enterprise, Farmerlee Farms in Tarlton in the Gauteng province.   In...

#AloneTogether: How to get a covid-19 payment break with your bank

If your income has been hit by the covid-19 lockdown, it might be worth your while to urgently contact your bank to make use...

#AloneTogether: Ramaphosa salutes agri-heroes amidst covid-19 lockdown

Goosebumps. Literally goosebumps. Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the covid-19 lockdown earlier this evening and took a moment to also thank the...

Indigenous vegetables ‘are not poor people’s food’

Qinisani Qwabe grew up in a small rural community called eSihuzu in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He was raised by his grandparents and he fondly remembers...

#AloneTogether: ‘Don’t compromise on farmworkers’ safety’

If you’re reading this, you survived day 2 of Mzansi’s lockdown to contain the deadly outbreak of covid-19. Chances are, you’ve been having your...