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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Several research units that specialise in the control of invasive species using insects have stopped getting funding from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). One unit has already closed down and others are at risk.
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.”
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.
Food For Mzansi is an initiative to introduce South Africans to the unsung heroes of the agricultural industry. We unashamedly share success stories and good news from the farms and agri-businesses who feed South Africa. We believe in the power of agriculture to promote nation building and social cohesion by telling stories that are often overlooked by broader society.