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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...

Meet the Bonnievale farmer who taught nuns to make wine

As a fourth-generation farmer and winemaker, Philip Jonker of Weltevrede Wine Estate believes that he was genetically modified to farm. It is a profession that he loves more than most other...

Young Farmer of the Year: Meet the Free State finalists

In just five days from now the Free State will crown its new Young Farmer of the Year. Five finalists have been chosen to compete for, among other prizes, a cash...

Meet the woman saving our bees one farm at a time

Entrepreneurs often have some kind of big revelation before they decide to embark on new ventures. For Mmabatho Portia Morudi, that moment came when she attended a bee farming course in...

How Reyneke built up his pioneering organic winery

Many university students work as waiters or waitresses, bartenders, tutors or even store assistants to earn some pocket money to get them through the month. But a 22-year-old Johan Reyneke from...

Transportation: Your farmworkers aren’t cattle

A Western Cape farmer, Michael Vorster, is pleading his fellow agriculturists to also prioritise the safe transportation of farmworkers. Across South Africa, many are still transported on the back of trucks...

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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.”