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It Takes a Village

‘Nationalise Clover to save farm jobs,’ pleads union

While North West dairy farmers insist that they are unaffected by Clover’s decision to shift production from Lichtenburg to KwaZulu-Natal, manufacturing employees seem to be facing a different reality. The General Industries...

The spirit of Moya We Khaya organic garden keeps giving

They say when women come together incredible things happen, but sometimes it takes one woman to plant a seed so that the ones who follow can reap the fruits. This has...

How 6 women and a garden are transforming rural village

When they ran out of resources and funds to keep their soup kitchen going, a group of women from Jekezi in Ngqamakhwe, a remote and impoverished village about 130km from Mthatha...

‘There is money in the soil,’ says community farmer

It was more than two decades ago when a group of 24 women and six men had the idea of starting the Siyazama Community Allotment Garden Association in their neighbourhood, opposite...

Epilepsy SA’s organic food garden brings healing

In the town of Parys, Free State a well-kept vegetable garden is providing therapeutic healing for the bodies and minds of people suffering from epilepsy and those living with disabilities. The lives...

Ma Pitso’s food garden makes safe space for kids

With the sun on their backs and the sound of kids playing in their ears, Mookho Pitso and her team of vegetable growers are setting an example to the next generation,...

Four friends are changing lives through organic farming

In a township riddled with poverty in a country where the youth faces staggering odds when looking for employment, four men have undertaking the challenging work of changing their own lives...

Seeding new futures through permaculture

When Leigh Brown, 48, started the SEED organisation twenty years ago, she envisioned an organisation that could connect children to food.   “We found this really big need of bringing, at that point, the...

When dreams came to nothing, her garden fed more than just her body

Every year, many people leave their homes in rural areas and migrate to cities to try and seek new opportunities to improve their lives. Unfortunately for Vuyokazi Wulana (55), who moved to...

Indigenous tree nursery set to mitigate climate change

As an intervention to mitigate the impact of climate change the Western Cape agriculture minister Dr Ivan Meyer opened an indigenous tree nursery in Worcester. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Meyer said...

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Standing around might be a good thing after all

Doing farm admin in front of your computer all day? It may sound silly, but Finnish researchers have found that the simple act of standing instead of sitting can help help offset the effects of an inactive lifestyle.

Rural matrics and agri students urged to vax up

After almost two years of disruption in schools and universities, Western Cape MECs Ivan Meyer and Debbie Schäfer are hopeful that vaccines will help the education sector find its way back to some semblance of normality.

Liewe Lulu: Does love always have to be a game?

The games are so exhausting! This hard-working farmer is fed up with the fresh phase of her relationship, and ready to quit the flirting. Of course Liewe Lulu has a pep talk ready.

‘YouTube vet’ Dr Nobs is a voice for the voiceless

With a budding YouTube channel and a deep passion for her community, veterinarian Dr Mukani Nobela is determined to make an impact.

Poor roads should be fixed for economy’s sake

If we want to keep the agricultural sector competitive and see growth in rural economies, we need to protect our vital rural road infrastructure. This is according to the Western Cape government’s senior agricultural economist, Tshepo Morokong.