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Farming opportunities for passionate youngsters come to the Free State

A new partnership between the Sernick Group and Future Farmers is opening up commercial cattle farming to young people in the Free State that have thus far been excluded even from...

Goosebumps! Hearing these agriworkers sing is the best thing you’ll do today.

A video of three singing Western Cape agriworkers has taken Mzansi by storm. The video has already reached thousands of people after first being posted on Facebook, and they certainly gave...

A hand up, never a handout…

The lives of close to 52,000 people, including more than 10,000 orphans and other vulnerable children from Munsieville in Krugersdorp, Gauteng, started changing 10 years ago. The seeds to start growing the...

Social entrepreneur brings hope for Limpopo youth

When Mosa Hope Mapheto came face to face with the socio-economic issues burdening her community, she was determined to find solutions. The 26-year-old social entrepreneur and bio-diesel producer now creates opportunities...

Mentoring programme opens the door to commercial farming

The dream of farming commercially will soon become a reality for six emerging farmers from the Free State. They were identified through the Sernick Emerging Farmers Programme, aimed at training commercial...

Award winning fruit farmer still yearns to farm on his own land…

André Cloete vividly remembers the moment when, as a six-year-old farmworkers’ son, he decided that one day he would own his own farm. He was sitting with his peers and their mothers,...

Revival of small-scale cotton farming can push back rural poverty

There is an upsurge in small-scale cotton farming that can play a significant role in alleviating rural poverty. Cotton is being planted again in rural areas that used to yield good...

Perseverance turned an idea into a fynbos empire

A nursery that started out as a side hustle to earn an extra income turned into a great success story for Jacqueline "Jacky" Goliath. Hailed as one of Mzansi’s most influential...

Mavis Hlatshwayo’s farm grows daily as she commits herself to it

For most of her life, Mavis Nomvula Hlatshwayo has been committed to farming. Although she only attended school up until grade 3, Hlatshwayo has always worked hard to ensure that her...

The township food revolution has started

Food For Mzansi has enabled me to tell the stories of a series of tumultuous agricultural journeys and successes of black urban farmers around Gauteng. However, a considerable number of these...

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Ask the vet: Mfethu, here’s how to prevent cow bloating

This week, an animal nutrition consultant helps a Food For Mzansi reader who struggles with bloating in dairy cows. High-yielding cows often suffer when from high-grain diets, but there are a few tips that will save the day.

African swine fever creeps closer to the United States

African swine fever is making its way around the world, and meat processors and agricultural officials in the United States are hard at work to ensure they are prepared for a possible outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease.

How Voermol changed the game for this Free State farmer

Eugene van der Walt has been farming for just over a decade. His operation has improved drastically since he discovered Voermol’s products.

The most adorable story you’ll read today. Fact!

This grade 8 learner’s future is so bright, he has to wear his shades! At 14, he is already farming with chickens and veggies in his parents’ backyard. His dream job? You’ll never guess… (No, it isn’t farming.)

Inland fisheries policy ‘can only work if implemented’

The inland fishing communities of Mzansi are looking forward to the day they can legally make their living. They have welcomed cabinet's recent approval of the draft National Freshwater (Inland) Wild-Capture Fisheries Policy as a first step towards decriminalising small-scale fishing from the country's rivers and dams. They fear, however, that it might be another five years before policy becomes reality at a local level.