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Former taxi boss well on his way to commercial farming

Growing up on a farm in Heilbron in the Free State, Paul Mvelekweni Malindi had some experience with livestock. However, moving into the world of modern farming was quite an eye opener, and certainly...

‘Farming brothers’ inspire with mentorship relationship

“Brotherhood is not based on the colour of your skin,” says Bishop Hlony Radebe, a black Free State farmer, about his mentorship relationship with Friedl von Maltitz, the white farmer he...

Agri-preneur changes lives through organic veggies

Solly Tladi dodged a bullet. Literally. As a young law student at the University of Limpopo an assassin was sent to put a bullet through his skull. They say no good deed...

‘Humble spud can go a long way to improve food security’

Born with green fingers and a twin brother, Louis Pretorius (61) fondly reminisces growing vegetables at the budding age of eight. He produced pumpkins and potatoes in his family's vegetable garden...

Former car mechanic now dreams of farming commercially

These days Petrus Tsotetsi might be a successful farmer, but not too long ago he was fixing cars for a living and also previously worked as a supervisor for Metrorail, which...

VKB mentor planting seeds of hope and opportunity in new farmers

Selflessness has become a scarce trait amongst many. However, altruism is certainly synonymous with Francois Crause who has been mentoring new farmers for the past six years. His life motto, he...

How a former hairstylist became a leader in agriculture

Picture this. A former hairdresser is now making waves in the agricultural space, and she’s just been recognised as one of Africa’s most influential women. Sounds too good to be true?...

How Kleinjan and Cois together forged their farming destiny

Passion is often the most notable characteristic of a successful entrepreneur. And Kleinjan Gasekoma, owner of one of the most successful cattle farms in South Africa, has it in spades. However, before...

‘Talking to the chiefs is an uphill battle’

At the age of 92, Dr Sam Motsuenyane is as committed to the betterment of black lives as he was back in in 1964 when, during the height of the apartheid...

From failed au pair to wine icon in the making

Berene Sauls doesn’t walk. She power-walks. She is at work, and it's not by moving slowly that she had worked her way up from au pair to brilliant winemaker before she...

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Liewe Lulu: Should I take my L and move on?

Sour Lemons from Klerksdorp in North West writes… Liewe Lulu,I love a man, but I do not think that he wants to be in a...

Why those chops are making your eyes water too

If the price of meat is making your eyes water, chances are you're not alone. The Braai Day tradition is indeed getting more expensive each year.

W. Cape river restoration projects celebrated

Two Western Cape river restoration projects that spanned several years and cost multiple millions of rand, were officially handed over by the Western Cape...

The village girl who found culinary stardom

With her ever-present smile and obvious skill in the kitchen, Siphokazi Mdlankomo stole Mzansi’s heart on M-Net’s MasterChef series. While working her way towards...

Recipe: Sipho’s easy cheesy pap balls

Looking for a winning side dish to accompany your lekker braai this weekend? Home cooking extraordinaire Siphokazi Mdlankomo’s deep-fried pap balls, stuffed with chicken...