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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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New farmer: How to build cattle fencing right the first time

There are lots of reasons why you would want to build a fence on your farm, from separating properties, keeping your animals in and out of certain areas, and for security. But for whatever reason you might be building a fence for, you need to ensure that you do it well.

What you can do to prevent another booze sales ban

The alcohol sales ban has been lifted, but don’t be fooled: government won’t hesitate to impose another ban if Covid-19 continues to surge. Alcohol consumers have to play their part in drinking responsibly if they’re serious about saving the tattered industry.

Civil society efforts send ripples of change through SA

The key to combatting food insecurity is the creation of sustainable community-based food supply chains, argues Refilwe Pico, communications officer at the Seriti Institute. This non-profit is a developmental facilitation agency that helps communities and social partners reach their goals by delivering innovative, sustainable and comprehensive solutions to enhance socioeconomic impact.

Tragedy strikes Mauwane on ‘coldest night of the year’

Eric Mauwane, a vegetable farmer from Gauteng, lost everything on what was described as the coldest night in Mzansi this year. A heartbroken Mauwane tells us, “Everything is gone. The farm is completely gone.”

KOO recall: No, you really can’t eat defective products

Many are still holding on to some of the defective KOO and Hugo’s products that were recalled. Surely, all 20 million cans can’t be defective, right? Yes, says a top food expert, but “none of the recalled batches should be consumed.”