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Agri Careers: Want to become an agricultural researcher?

Every year, compelling agricultural discoveries are made in Mzansi. These discoveries are seldom stumbled upon, they are made through thorough research conducted by some of our country's leading agricultural researchers.   The 26-year-old Qinisani Qwabe is one of those researchers leading agricultural projects for the Mangosuthu University...

‘Agriculture freed my family from the prison of poverty’

Three years ago poultry farmer Kagalelo Matlala from Kuruman in the Northern Cape had a life-changing epiphany that she couldn’t ignore. She realized that her...

Go back to your rural roots, urges former IT man

Many South African youths dream of a one-way ticket out of their rural villages to escape abject poverty. They dream of making it in the big city. But with these aspirations comes a high cost of living, cramped living spaces and...

Indigenous plant opens doors for young agripreneurs

A range of spice blends incorporating the ‘miracle tree’, moringa, has opened new doors for two Limpopo students, Kgodiso Lebea and Jimmy Mohale. Their interests in health, wellness and indigenous knowledge ignited their journey as spice developers and they have even gained international acclaim for their endeavour, JK Foods.   “Moringa is a plant...

Rustenburg youngsters dream of running Mzansi’s biggest hydroponics business

A high school science project connected Kutlwana Tisane, Percyval Alset and Lerato Maphoto in 2013. The quick-witted friends outlined a plan to curb malnutrition...

Agri Careers: Meet an agricultural communications and events consultant

If you’re considering a career in communication, with a friendly outgoing personality to match, then consider planting yourself in Mzansi’s fertile agricultural industry. Jennifer Roets...

Agri Careers: Meet an Agricultural Economist

Grain SA junior agricultural economist Ikageng Maluleke’s advice to Mzansi’s youth is to “never allow yourself to be a prisoner of the environment in...

Agri Careers: Meet an agricultural talent manager

Mamotlatsi Portia Lepesa has always had an eye for talent in the workplace and she is driven to ensure that employees receive equal opportunities...

Urban farming was the saving grace for an unemployed youth

Three years ago, Mosesi Mosesi (28) was jobless and hopeless. When an opportunity for a learnership in horticulture came along, he took a huge leap of faith. That leap has completely changed his life,...

All she needed was a backyard food garden, and heaps of ingenuity

When Ntando Thabethe from Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal started growing vegetables in her backyard, she had no idea that the small garden patch would develop into...

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Food clubs: Let’s turn the tables on SA’s deteriorating health

Sick people get sicker much easier and much faster than healthy people. It is really that simple. Once the first line of defence in...

Young coffee roaster plans to uplift smallholder farmers in Mzansi and...

At the beginning of 2007, Mhlengi Ngcobo was just another happy 13-year-old boy playing with his friends after school. Then suddenly he started getting...

Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 10 July

The agricultural master plan is in full swing and today vegetable industry stakeholders had the opportunity to give input. These are the top three...

How to wash fruit, veggies to safeguard them from virus

If you’re not already washing your fresh fruit and vegetables before consumption, you have got a problem. Two health experts, Andrea du Plessis and...

Liewe Lulu: Is there a proposal on the horizon?

Over The Edge from Bela-Bela in Limpopo writes… Liewe Lulu, I like to think that I am a smart girl who can make good decisions for...