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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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The UIF has availed R5.3 billion for the new Ters benefit to help those battered by the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng in mid-July. Restaurateurs aren’t keeping their hopes up, though.

This week’s agriculture events: 2 – 8 August

Online is where it’s at for South Africa’s agriculture events this week. Events include a discussion on food safety on the African continent within the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA), as...

Win a Women’s Month treat with #MyVKBwishlist

We are living in a time where women are becoming more and more recognised for their work within the agricultural sector. While more needs to be done to make agriculture more inclusive, there...

Vaccine roll-out in Gauteng after rabies outbreak

A rabies vaccine roll-out is currently underway on the West Rand of Gauteng after a confirmed outbreak of the life-threatening disease. Afrivet urges people who are bitten, scratched or even licked by suspicious domestic, farm or wild animals to seek immediate medical care.

Reserve Bank eases pressure on indebted farmers

Agricultural economist from the Western Cape department of agriculture explain how farmers are set to benefit from the country's unchanged repo rate of 3.5%.