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Meet the Pantsula jamming toward sweet success

It is usually said that success comes at a great price. Right? To find his sweet success, Gontse Selaocoe (22) sacrificed R1000 he had saved for a pair of Pantsula shoes....

Brothers fund farming venture with UIF

While it is true that you are going to need funding to get your farming enterprise off the ground, this does not mean you have to sit idle and wait for...

‘Anyone can farm, but not everyone can be a farmer’

Think twice if you think the land will be the answer to your prayers, KwaZulu-Natal-born farm manager Thanda Mchunu (26) says. Without the foundational skills and knowledge to toil the land...

Market will always find quality produce, says crop farmer

Many farmers may advise that attaining a market is the first and crucial step before planting their crops, but Pfananani Augustine Nemasisi believes the opposite is true. The 30-year Limpopo-born farmer believes...

Meet the women selling the boys their big toys

Across the globe, International Women’s Day is observed today. In 2021 the focus is on the efforts of women and girls around the world to shape a more equal future as well as...

With a degree in the bag, Keneilwe still chose farming

Growing up in the village of Ga-Mokgopo in Limpopo, Keneilwe Raphesu (23) had always loved the adventure in rural living. There was a sense of freedom that she clung on to...

No room for slackers in agri, warns wool farmer

Not everyone would gravitate towards a career that involves endless days of strenuous work and zero off days. Oh, and dismiss the thought of ever retiring. But in 2003 Eastern Cape-born wool...

How a Zim refugee became a top vegan restaurateur

Raised by his parents and grandparents, who were all farmers, Elisha Madzivadondo decided a long time ago that he too would follow in the footsteps of his forebears. Getting there was...

All hail, queen Gugu: ‘I am a black woman and I farm’

Not many young people view agriculture as a viable or stable career path. And while she may come from a lineage of Mpumalanga subsistence farmers, Gugulethu Mahlangu (27) admits that she...

Farming without land: This guy did it, and so can you!

In the heart of La Lucia, north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, two brothers are on a mission to change the mindset of land-hungry South Africans. Farming without land is possible. Rather than...

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Empowering smaller farms with global connections to trade

The opportunity is open for trade partners and platforms to serve as a gateway to export for small to medium farmers. This is why powering globalisation with partnerships remains a key factor to facilitate the enjoyment of a post-pandemic recovery for farmers across the globe.

Red tape is choking biodiversity research in SA

It is no exaggeration to say that science has saved humanity on multiple occasions. The most recent has been through the development of vaccines for the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a chicken liver manufacturer

For Kyle Oelofse, Chief Executive Officer of Goshen Food Solutions, creating a product that was both high in nutrients and delicious was a matter of extreme importance. The product was created in response to a call from the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP), a government-run programme that offers disadvantaged learners one nutritional meal a day.

The hard truth about being a farm manager

From a rural Eastern Cape village to managing one of KwaZulu-Natal’s top farms. This is the story of Mpumezo Ndima, an inspirational leader who has learnt many tough lessons along the way.

Wanted: the plant varieties that changed your life

Whether you're a farmer or a consumer – if a plant has made your business more profitable or your life easier, the Southern African Plant Breeders Association (SAPBA) wants to hear about it.