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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...

Siki is bringing coffee culture to the Kasi

While working as a dishwasher at a coffee shop, Sikelela ("Siki") Dibela had his eye on the baristas' jobs. He admired the precision of their work and yearned for the chance...

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From bullied teen to 15yo kitchen entrepreneur

Siphesile Mhlongo (15) from KwaZulu-Natal may not be old enough to drive or attend culinary school yet, this has not stopped her from starting...

Recipe: Sippy’s strawberry shake

Siphesile Mhlongo is only 15, but she's already running her own business, teaching other teens to cook. Having joined her mom to experiment in the...

Chicken farm guide: Tips on chicken feed

Farming with chickens is relatively cheap compared to other farming options. One of your biggest expenses will be chicken feed, so you need to know exactly how to minimise food wastage and spoilage in order to keep your costs down.

African swine fever tips for small-scale pig farmers

African swine fever is no child’s play. It can literally destroy pig farmers overnight. Currently, Mzansi has at least 52 outbreaks across the country. An expert has top tips on biosecurity measures.

Farm dwellers, farmers clash with government over land

Farm dwellers, whose families have lived on Bapsfontein Farm (portion 5 of Varkfontein) near Bronkhorstspruit since 1954, have taken control of 160 of its 222 hectares, claiming that they are the rightful beneficiaries of the land.