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Minimum wage ‘not enough’ say farm workers

Farm workers attending the recent Future of Farmworkers conference, held at the University of the Western Cape, were very vocal about their dissatisfaction with...

Court judgment to restore farm dwellers’ dignity

The recent high court judgment declaring that three municipalities in Pietermaritzburg must provide water, sanitation and waste collection on farms has been hailed as...

Is the food industry creating hunger?

Hunger is a very well-known feeling to me. In my second year at the University of the Free State (UFS), I would dig up...

Land reform: A possible game changer in the tourism sector

Successful implementation of the land reform programme has the potential to accelerate the growth of the tourism sector by deflating simmering fears of wanton...

Farmer finally picking the fruits of his labour

Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science, and Charles Pietersen is the artist and barefoot scientist. He spent the past 40 years...

AFASA set to launch transformation barometer for the agribusiness sector

The African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (AFASA) is gearing up to launch its much-anticipated Agribusiness Transformation Barometer, highlighting the role of black farmers...

Hawkers are vital for potato farmers and consumers

Hawkers and informal traders are by far the biggest marketing channel for the potatoes sold on Mzansi’s fresh produce markets, with these veggies offering...

After 17 year wait, Limpopo farmer finally gets his land

Two landmark judgements on two consecutive days have given new hope to South Africans grappling with respectively the rights of labour tenants and government's...

‘Neighbourhood Farm’ creates jobs and tackles food security

“We’re trying to create a mosaic of urban farms that grows food, minds and our communities,” says, Neighbourhood Farm founder and chief executive officer...

Rubbish dump proved to be a treasure trove for female agriculturalists

In 2012, a group of women from Mapetla East in Soweto looked at a rubbish dump behind a primary school in the area and...

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Wine producers now vying for untapped local market

There’s a huge untapped market of South Africans who have the disposable income and thirst for something new and exciting to drink, said Brandon...

‘Miss Gates’ is making beauty products specially for women of colour

Women of colour have long struggled to find products that cater specifically for their skincare needs. For young agripreneur Seipati Masango the solution was no further than her mother’s kitchen...

Government learnership empowers young chef

While many fret and wrack their brains about what to do after obtaining their matric certificates, taking the road less travelled helped 22-year-old Patience...

RECIPE: Braised oxtail and garlic mash will have you asking for more

The fragrant smell of herbed, braised red meat on a Sunday afternoon gives your home a warm, comforting feeling. Oxtail is a cut of...

Land Bank’s junk rating ‘disasterous’ for farmers

The downgrading of the Land Bank to junk status by international ratings agency Moody’s has been described as “disastrous” by leaders in organized agriculture. It...