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‘Being black, young, female and the boss requires a thick skin’

Amidst the fresh dairy air and cow dung of a mega Eastern Cape dairy farm, you will find Sinokuphile Kekezwa dreaming that one day...

Tsaone channels nurturing spirit to care for her livestock

The relationship between a farmer and their livestock is almost sacred, believes 22-year-old Tsaone Gaseitshubelwe. Along with her father, Tebogonyane (53) and three brothers,...

Ditsebe serving black girl wine magic, one glass at a time

Let’s be real. If you’re thinking about the typical profile of a South African wine farmer, you’re probably not imagining someone named Tebogo Ditsebe....

Young coffee roaster plans to uplift smallholder farmers in Mzansi and Africa

At the beginning of 2007, Mhlengi Ngcobo was just another happy 13-year-old boy playing with his friends after school. Then suddenly he started getting...

Spreading the spirit of Ubuntu through olive oil

These days, many people refer to Loyiso Manga as the new face of South African olive oil. But, truth be told, his journey to...

‘Farming brothers’ breaking stereotypes

It’s true that you can’t choose your family, but these three Mzansi farmers beg to differ.  Brothers Buchule Jack and Buzwe Pama run a successful farming business in the Free State alongside their friend...

Mother’s death opens new doors for butternut farmer

On a piece of communal land about the size of three soccer fields in Limpopo, a humble Arthur Matlala can be found farming butternuts....

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...

From traffic officer to successful game farmer

Just like his favourite animal – the sable antelope, which he describes as humble – Xolile Dasheka also had humble beginnings. The only thing...

Mushroom farmer works to make other families self-sustaining

When she was a little girl, Yolandi Joubert’s mother used to collect mushrooms in the veld with her grandmother on their family farm in...

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Meet the Olympian rower who, in the end, chose farming

Despite being a junior Olympian, there was never any doubt that Paul Lombard would, one day, end up in agriculture. After all, both his...

Farmers must brace themselves for surging feed prices

Producers anticipate that consumers will have to pay more for red meat sometime this year based on rising animal feed prices, which are already...

3 things happening in agri today, 18 January 2021 

The farmers’ television show, Vir die liefde van die land, is back by popular demand. The first episode, featuring Free State farmers Samson...

‘Fast-track land reform through community-private partnerships’

A lot has been said about how land reform programmes can be administered and many models exist, market-led approaches that have proven to be...

Elderly farmer: ‘The whispers were louder than roars’

The 73-year-old Samson Mahlaba was but a child when he first started working as a labourer on a Free State farm. He never went...