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Agripreneur 101: Mopani queen shares her top business tips

In 2018, Phuti Ngoasheng Kabasa started her mopani worm business from her home kitchen. At the time, her husband was out of work and the family was struggling to make ends meet. Kabasa started selling homemade atchar for an added income, when one of her clients suggested she start selling masonja (Sepedi for mopani worms).

Young agronomist is giving back through agriculture

For Wafiq Essop, agriculture provides the perfect opportunity to employ and empower South Africa's poor and disenfranchised. And as an agronomist, he is happy to be a part of the solution.

How Hosea started a farming business with just R9000

Lockdown 2020 was a period that brought a lot of uncertainty into the country. People were losing jobs their jobs left right and center and some didn’t know where their next meal would come from.

Communal farmer levels up with artificial insemination

In the small, rural town called Soekmekaar in Limpopo, farmer Michael Makwela is slowly breaking new ground as one of only a few communal farmers to practice artificial insemination with his cattle.

Meet the young fruit exporter cracking global markets

A chance encounter almost four years ago transformed the life of Ikarabele Legae (26) from Diepkloof in Soweto. Today his fruit export business is making inroads in markets across the globe. At...

Qina Mbokodo stands up for female farm tenants

The life of Ntombikayise Mthembu, a 52-year-old widow from Mooi Plaas farm near Dannhauser in northern KwaZulu-Natal, has all the hallmarks of the hardship and complexities of Black women living on...

How former farmworker built his own mushroom empire

When you ask 55-year-old Peter Nyathi how he went from being a farm labourer to owning his own commercially operating mushroom farm supplying more than 350 Shoprite Checkers and Pick n...

From teacher, taxi owner to commercial crop farmer

Although Shadrack Mbele (52) from Lindley in the Free State was a teacher by profession he always had an aptitude for business. When he saw an opportunity in the taxi industry...

Politics and farming ‘like water and oil’

“There is no life without farming,” an out of breath Wilson Ngema (55) shouts over the phone. The mixed farmer is running through the picturesque forests of eMkhondo on the southern tip...

Attorney starts egg business to ‘rebuild country’

“Being educated is great, but your success is entirely in your own hands,” says Lungelo Ndebele, a fully qualified attorney who started her own poultry business after failing to secure a...

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Farmworkers’ children should be free to choose – Didiza

Children of farmworkers must enter the sector by choice and not by circumstance. This was the stern message earlier today (Monday, 25 October 2021)...

Govt. funding delay causes insect research unit to close

Several research units that specialise in the control of invasive species using insects have stopped getting funding from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). One unit has already closed down and others are at risk.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a non-dairy yoghurt maker

Moringa, cancer bush, sea moss... As if the flavours aren't enough to make Andile Sasanti's yoghurts stand out from the rest, they are vegan...

Former football star scores winning goal in farming

Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”

Guard against heat stress, warn livestock experts

With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.