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Freedom Day: Madiba’s legacy still guides agriculture

Nelson Mandela’s grandson and the tribal chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council in rural Eastern Cape, Zwelivelile "Mandla" Mandela, believes that 27 years into democracy his grandfather's legacy is still alive...

Child malnutrition: Mzansi is failing its children

Reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 in the context of persistent hunger in South Africa’s cities, Dr Chantelle Witten challenges us as a society to recognise the ”slow violence“ of hunger...

Rural kid makes good on international agri stage

Many great people can claim relatively humble beginnings, compared to the great heights they end up reaching. Dr Siphe Zantsi, a South African agricultural economist with a Swiss organisation called Agroscope,...

Regenerative agri: Gucci driving a Mzansi fashion revolution

Regenerative agriculture has made its way into the global fashion conversation. While the last few years have seen most retailers dedicate at least some resources to sustainability, those on the forefront...

Water resources: Restorative justice under threat

The National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency is being created by predatory elites to get access to the nearly R1 trillion that needs to be spent to revive systems that were looted...

King Goodwill Zwelithini: Tribute to a well-loved ruler

Sinelizwi Citizen Journalism candidate Nozipho Ntshingila remembers King Goodwill Zwelithini as a true cultural activist against the social ills of teenage pregnancy, the spread of sexually transmitted infections, gender based violence...

Chicken import tariffs are walking a thin line

While trade policy has potential to boost local poultry production, it could also harm household consumption through price escalation caused by excessive protection. Thabile Nkunjana, agricultural economist with the National Agricultural...

Brucellosis & Covid: A parallel vaccine drive is crucial

If we are to successfully avert a coronavirus-esque impact of brucellosis on the beef value chain and spare half a million jobs in a country already reeling from excessive unemployment, it...

Imports: Mzansi looks to wean itself off foreign produce

If everything goes to plan, South Africa could reduce its reliance on imports by as much as 20% over the next five years. This is set to boost domestic production following...

Ramaphosa: A trail of crumbs on agriculture’s future

The agricultural sector had the rare pleasure of being specifically complimented as a star performer during Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address, believes Jan-Jan Joubert. More importantly, the president gave...

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Mzansi’s ‘oldest farmer’ defied immeasurable trials

In this moving piece, Magnificent Mndebele and photographer Funiwe Ngwenya reflect on the life of one of South Africa’s oldest farmers who died at 96. Mahlomelane Mthembu defied all odds to persue his passion for the love of the land.

Robotics offers food industry a taste of the future

Mzansi’s food and beverage industry is lagging the rest of the world in implementing robotics. There are a couple of reasons for this: robotics is seen as an expensive solution, and there’s a lingering perception that robots will take human jobs.

What cows are teaching scientists about waste

For billions of years, nature has perfected ways of dealing with the recycling of materials. Like a good housekeeper who saves as much as...

Agripreneur 101: Grow your own herbs hydroponically

Horticulturalist and agripreneur Basil Williams has more than two decades of farming experience. His business, Herbal View Hydroponics, supplies fresh and dried herbs to local retailers.

From zero to hero: Why crawl when you can fly?

Quick moves and clever decisions. This is how vegetable farmer Ayanda Ntshangase runs her promising enterprise in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal. It is a strategy that...