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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...

Farming ‘could be the best economic vehicle for the future’

For 27-year-old commercial farmer Ayanda Zulu the decision to pursue farming as a full time career four years ago was inspired by an encounter with a man she met at an...

I really want to make a difference, says young leader

To many, Breyton Milford is known as the fellow promoting the image of agriculture to the general public as promotion and marketing organisation Agri-Expo’s operations manager. However, there is so much...

Johannesburg grocer is embracing change spurred by Covid-19

The global Covid-19 pandemic is ushering in a wave of what has widely become known as the “conscientious consumer,” believes Johannesburg-based grocery owner, Gary Jackson (55). People are buying differently and thinking...

Agri partnerships are key to success, says Limpopo farmer

The agricultural sector plays an important role in South Africa by providing job and food security to many people in the country, particularly those in rural communities. According to Statistics South...

‘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 she too will be the founder of...

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Standing around might be a good thing after all

Doing farm admin in front of your computer all day? It may sound silly, but Finnish researchers have found that the simple act of standing instead of sitting can help help offset the effects of an inactive lifestyle.

Rural matrics and agri students urged to vax up

After almost two years of disruption in schools and universities, Western Cape MECs Ivan Meyer and Debbie Schäfer are hopeful that vaccines will help the education sector find its way back to some semblance of normality.

Liewe Lulu: Does love always have to be a game?

The games are so exhausting! This hard-working farmer is fed up with the fresh phase of her relationship, and ready to quit the flirting. Of course Liewe Lulu has a pep talk ready.

‘YouTube vet’ Dr Nobs is a voice for the voiceless

With a budding YouTube channel and a deep passion for her community, veterinarian Dr Mukani Nobela is determined to make an impact.

Poor roads should be fixed for economy’s sake

If we want to keep the agricultural sector competitive and see growth in rural economies, we need to protect our vital rural road infrastructure. This is according to the Western Cape government’s senior agricultural economist, Tshepo Morokong.