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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.”

From zero to hero: Why crawl when you can fly?

Quick moves and clever decisions. This is how vegetable farmer Ayanda Ntshangase runs her promising enterprise in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal. It is a strategy that has already opened doors with retailers despite the fact that she only started farming this year.

Boyhood dreams now reality for KZN executive chef

As a young boy, chef Zacharia Maseko was told that the kitchen is no place for a man. So, he flipped the script and became an executive chef.

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From brewery waste to spinach: SAB shines with Imifino

South African Breweries? Spinach? Economic salvation? You may be wondering how these seemingly incomparable items unite. Well, SAB has launched the first fully green biological treatment system for a brewery in Africa, creating much-needed jobs in the process.

FS state vet services ‘almost non-existent’

Getting a state veterinarian to visit their farms is close to impossible. This is according to livestock farmers in the Free State, who say that veterinarians often cite a lack of resources and empty fuel tanks as reasons for not doing call-outs.

Papaya industry in a seriously downward spiral

It is no secret that papayas are relatively easy to grow, but insanely difficult to market. Now an industry insider tells Food For Mzansi that the papaya industry is in a rapid decline with little hope in sight.

Mpumalanga PALS ‘a major step for land reform in Mzansi’

The establishment of Mpumalanga PALS shifts the focus from politics to sustainable agriculture, says Agri SA’s Christo van der Rheede. The critically acclaimed land reform initiative was launched at the Mbombela stadium moments ago.

Meyer steps down from FS chamber of commerce

Renaldo Meyer has resigned as the CEO of the Free State Chamber of Commerce and Industry with immediate effect from 18 October, 2021.