Home Changemakers Groundbreakers

Groundbreakers

Farming couple has their eyes set on the beef export market

“The vision of making a difference and being the change we want to see has kept us going throughout this entire journey, not forgetting...

Vuyani Lolwane carries on his father’s farming legacy

Vuyani Lolwane knows there is a world of possibilities in the soil and he is not afraid to chase them. His late father, Thando,...

Mzansi’s first black winemaker didn’t let rejection stop her

She may have been inspired to become a winemaker by reading her mother’s romance novels, but it was her steely determination to succeed that...

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...

Third-generation farmer builds his father’s legacy

Love for the land runs through the veins of third-generation farmer and agri-leader Jaco Minnaar (42). He has spent his entire life dedicated to...

Woman-led dairy farm booming

South Africa’s dairy industry is tough, but so is Jeanet Rikhotso, who is fast making a name for herself as a woman with an...

Mavis Hlatshwayo’s farm grows daily as she commits herself to it

For most of her life, Mavis Nomvula Hlatshwayo has been committed to farming. Although she only attended school up until grade 3, Hlatshwayo has...

The township food revolution has started

Food For Mzansi has enabled me to tell the stories of a series of tumultuous agricultural journeys and successes of black urban farmers around...

Growing hope by the River Dzindi

The evergreen hills and valleys of Limpopo roll for what seems like an eternity. Its beauty catches the eye, captures the soul and remains...

Young agriculturalist serves farmers in the Eastern Cape

A 28-year-old agriculturist is spearheading Grain SA’s influential Farmer Development Programme in the Eastern Cape. Sinelizwi Fakade was attracted to farming from a young...

Must Read

Crowd-farming: Redefining Livestock Investment

There is a traditional Xhosa proverb that states: Ubuhle bendoda ziinkomo zayo, which loosely translates to “A man is only as handsome as the size of...

PODCAST: Livestock farmer considers lack of government assistance a blessing in disguise

Imagine running a farm without any government assistance and how difficult that must be. That is the reality for most commercial farmers in Mzansi,...

‘Quantity, quality and common sense,” is this farmers 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...

Free State farmer’s 21st birthday gift yields success

A 26-year-old Free State farmer has managed to create a profitable business out of a mammoth piece of land he received as a gift...

‘The Glam Chef’ always gets dolled up before she cooks

Thandi Maphai believes she always needs to look her best when she cooks. Her appearance, she says, “influences the end result of her dishes”....