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Shepherding nature back into the future

The last sun sweeps across the ironstone krantzes of Kasteelberg, Compassberg and Ouberg north-west of Graaff-Reinet as herder Chris Martins sings out commands to...

25-year-old farmer says there can be success after failing matric

Ask any teenager and they’ll tell you: failing your matric exams could easily be perceived as the worst thing to ever happen. But for...

Mother and son duo: 50 years of successful farming without government handouts

Being a young farmer in Mzansi is not easy at all. Those starting out often rely heavily on state funding in order to grow...

Don’t let closed doors stop you, says young farmer

Karabo Rampete’s name could be a synonym for perseverance. After being diagnosed with a liver disease, this feisty 32-year-old refused to sit back and...

Hustling granny produces sweet township rosé

There is more to South African townships than meets the eye. Despite the countless pitfalls of township life, there are magnificent things happening every...

Young farmers didn’t take no for an answer

The popular expression “two heads are better than one” definitely has some truth to it, but sometimes two heads just aren’t enough. A group...

Ambitious military veteran found his future in agriculture

Having dedicated 10 years of his life to the military, Thembalihle Tobo felt that it was time to pursue other opportunities. He noticed some...

Money, land is no excuse, says chicken farmer

About 30-minutes east of Pretoria sits the town of Cullinan, renowned for the discovery of the largest rough gem diamond in 1905. However, that...

Farmer finally picking the fruits of his labour

Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science, and Charles Pietersen is the artist and barefoot scientist. He spent the past 40 years...

Farming is hard work, says 29-year-old livestock enthusiast

As a young boy, growing up in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu Natal, Ndumiso Gule woke up to the sounds of sheep, goats, and...

Must Read

Land Bank’s junk rating ‘disastrous’ for farmers

The downgrading of the Land Bank to junk status by international ratings agency Moody’s has been described as “disastrous” by leaders in organized agriculture. It...

Livestock farmer takes the reigns as new AFASA Youth chairperson

The youth wing of the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) recently elected a new chairperson to spearhead their organisation. Livestock farmer Keatlegile Mnguni...

WATCH: There is Ubuntu in farming for agripreneur Sabatha Segoba

Motho ke motho ka batho. You are because we are. Ubuntu. This is what makes the entrepreneurial landscape of Mzansi unique, believes agripreneur Sabatha Segoba who is featured on this week’s Farmer’s Inside Track video episode.   Segoba (32) is the co-founder of...

Crowd-farming: Redefining Livestock Investment

There is a traditional Xhosa proverb that states: Ubuhle bendoda ziinkomo zayo, which loosely translates to “A man is only as handsome as the size of...

PODCAST: Livestock farmer considers lack of government assistance a blessing in disguise

Imagine running a farm without any government assistance and how difficult that must be. That is the reality for most commercial farmers in Mzansi,...