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Money, land is no excuse, says chicken farmer

About 30-minutes east of Pretoria sits the town of Cullinan, renowned for the discovery of the largest rough gem diamond in 1905. However, that is not the only gem this attractive...

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 cows. While other boys his age dreamt...

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 31-year-old to keep going, despite many setbacks...

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 turned 18 and are at the tail...

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 in banking. But this was never by...

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 because I am passionate about it.” These are...

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 in seven schools around Gauteng and North...

‘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 a shy one. As the second 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 of South Africa’s youngest farmers. He became a...

‘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 said “yes” to being kicked and crapped...

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The village girl who found culinary stardom

With her ever-present smile and obvious skill in the kitchen, Siphokazi Mdlankomo stole Mzansi’s heart on M-Net’s MasterChef series. While working her way towards...

Recipe: Sipho’s easy cheesy pap balls

Looking for a winning side dish to accompany your lekker braai this weekend? Home cooking extraordinaire Siphokazi Mdlankomo’s deep-fried pap balls, stuffed with chicken...

Free State’s veld fire battle not over

The SA Weather Service has issued another warning of high temperatures that may lead to runaway fires in the Free State as farmers are still counting their losses following devastating blazes in the province last week.

What’s the deal with gluten?

LIFESTYLE: It is a natural component of wheat and everyday favourites like bread and pasta. So why have we spent so much time in recent years trying to avoid it? A registered dietician says that gluten isn't necessarily the culprit it is made out to be.

Podcast: Legal pitfalls can ruin great farming enterprises

Water licences and farm lease agreements can become tricky for up-and-coming farmers. We chat to agricultural lawyer Katlego Ngwane about the common pitfalls that can ruin great businesses.