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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...

For these sisters gardening is a path to the future

On a plot of land in Waterfield, Limpopo, sisters Samora (44) and Malebese (51) Sekhukhune live in a house rumoured to have once been...

Tobacco farming changed 89-year-old Mazosiwe’s life

Every morning the soon to be 90-year-old tobacco farmer Nokamile Mazosiwe steps barefoot onto the piece of land she nurtures in Ngcobo in the...

From foreman to farmer – Edwin Mahlatsi made it happen

Edwin Thulo Mahlatsi, an established farmer in the Free State and Grain SA’s 2017 New Era Farmer of the Year, has experienced nothing but...

‘God has plans for me,’ proclaims award-winning agriculturist

As a township girl, the 27-year-old Lerato Senakhomo never dreamt of becoming a farmer. In fact, she hated the idea. Today she is an...

Siyabonga Mngoma is an organic crusader battling for Mzansi’s health

Siyabonga Mngoma (41) is a crusader in the battle for the health of South Africans. She is an aspiring nutritionist and farming ace who...

How Siphiwe became a praise singer for African foods

As a young girl, Siphiwe Sithole dreamed of being a singer. Images of gracing the international stages of the world, her gift for song...

Lenasia’s ‘sheep uncle’ driving Muslim agricultural revolution

Passion is a hard thing to fake. You either have it or you don’t. And Lenasia-based livestock agriculturalist, Imraan Ishmael has it in spades....

Zozo grows farmers through the Masakhane project

In the fishing town of Gansbaai in the Western Cape, the Masakhane Community Farm and Training Centre is slowly but surely empowering community members with farming knowledge. Zokhanyo "Zozo" Bikani...

How one man changed Orange Farm into an organic food hub

It’s often said that it takes just one individual to set the course of an entire community on a path towards hope and prosperity....

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‘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...

Liewe Lulu: Fighting ‘farmer’s armpits’

Suffering in Silence (45) from Jacobsdal in the Free State writes…  I love my hubby, Katlego, but his body odour is messing with my libido. He is...

Electrical engineer finds solace in her kitchen and home garden

Finding solace in gardening never crossed Leshoto Thooe’s mind until she decided to get her hands dirty. To relax from her budding career as an electrical engineer, the 34-year-old spends her downtime cooking and gardening.   RECIPE: Herb-encrusted...

Smart agriculture: the key to food security into the future

By 2050 the world’s population will reach around 9.2 billion, 34 percent higher than today. To meet the nutritional needs of these extra mouths,...

RECIPE: Herb-encrusted Leg of Lamb, the Leshoto way…

“Leg of lamb may sound intimidating to many, but it’s actually one of the most tender, succulent and easy-to-work-with cuts of meat.” So says...