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The hard truth about being a farm manager

From a rural Eastern Cape village to managing one of KwaZulu-Natal’s top farms. This is the story of Mpumezo Ndima, an inspirational leader who has learnt many tough lessons along the way.

Photo story: Ndela Farming is a produce powerhouse

Almost 400 000 cabbage heads a year. Branded beetroot and broccoli delivered to the likes of Oxford Fresh Market, Food Lover’s Market and Spar. An own branded truck to transport the harvest to town. Cattle. A few goats. And, of course, lots of sweat and farming satisfaction. That's Ndela Farming.

Climate change: Spekboom project aids farmworkers

An Eastern Cape farming project is set on planting a million hectares of spekboom and, in the process, create better working conditions for farmworkers. Organisers say the project has the powerful potential to also address climate change.

Food security activist: The name is Thabo. Thabo Olivier

Thabo Olivier is not your typical politician. Hs innovative ways of growing food has captured the imagination of people across Africa. And he once moved to an informal settlement to accelerate service delivery after he realised that it was easier to get things done from the inside out.

When science and farming converge, magic happens

Turning unemployed youth into future farmers with a heart for science. This is the mission of two agriculturists who are breathing new life in a Western Cape township. A participant tells us, “Wake up and smell the coffee. Agriculture is the only way to go.”

Farming ain’t no bed of roses. Just ask Solomon

Solomon Makgato spends his weekdays as a salesperson at a Limpopo retailer. After hours and on weekends, he creates magic on his one-hectare backyard farm – even supplying a local Boxer store.

Feast your eyes, Mzansi. Farming never looked this good!

If you ever needed inspiration to get busy, this is it. A quick look through Masimbonge Vuma's photos is enough to make anyone feel the urge to farm.

This farmer paid R500 000 for the world’s top goat ram

They say a Maserati is a poor man’s Ferrari. But in the world of agriculture, Maserati is also the name of the world champion Boer goat ram recently bought by Joubert Horn and Salmon van Huyssteen. Horn talks to us about the importance of breeding quality genetics.

Side hustle: E. Cape student now farms with laying hens

When the first Covid-19 lockdown hit, Simanye Sonkebe had to return home to Dutywa in the Eastern Cape. Instead of lazing around while waiting on the university to reopen, he followed in his mother’s footsteps.

‘Long way to go to empower women in SA agriculture’

At 28, labour and employment law specialist Lebogang Sethusha is one of Agri SA’s youngest employees. She speaks candidly about the position of women in the sector declaring, “We, as women, cannot continue pounding against the glass ceiling.”

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Govt. funding delay causes insect research unit to close

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Agripreneur 101: Meet a non-dairy yoghurt maker

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Former football star scores winning goal in farming

Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”

Guard against heat stress, warn livestock experts

With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.