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‘Giving is better than receiving’ – Recruitment firm practices what it preaches

While sitting around a dinner table, a family with a heart for their community realised that their simple gesture of goodwill could have a great impact on the lives of learners...

Food gardens a lifeline in rural communities

In 1992, social workers Anne and Peter Templeton visited Goedgedacht farm in Malmesbury in the Western Cape, hoping it would be the perfect place to break away from the hustle and...

Mzansi’s first black winemaker didn’t let rejection stop her

She may have been inspired to become a winemaker by reading her mother’s romance novels, but it was her steely determination to succeed that drove her to become Mzansi’s first winemaker...

Social entrepreneur brings hope for Limpopo youth

When Mosa Hope Mapheto came face to face with the socio-economic issues burdening her community, she was determined to find solutions. The 26-year-old social entrepreneur and bio-diesel producer now creates opportunities...

KZN child herders now play key role in livestock and animal health

For the past 44 years Mdukatshani, a non-profit organisation, has been working with women and youth in Weenen and Msinga in KwaZulu-Natal. In these rural farming areas, children are the main...

Employment and empowerment is real in the chicken industry

Feathers are flying in the chicken industry with importers and local producers crossing swords over issues of pricing, consumer interests, employment and empowerment. FairPlay sides unashamedly and wholeheartedly with South African workers,...

The alphabet soup that stifles rural development

Rural communities and emerging farmers simply cannot be looked at through the same lens as you would a commercial farmer. Ask me. I’ll know. As agripreneurs, we have invested quite a...

Community-supported private school lifts up rural kids

For children living in the deeply rural Winterberg Conservancy in the Eastern Cape, sustainable quality education is considered a privilege. For the past 25 years, however, the Winterberg School Trust has...

Rural food hubs key to delivering affordable, nutritious food

Sourcing fresh produce from rural small-scale farmers close to supermarkets can make healthy eating much more affordable and boost small-scale farmers to boot. In an environment where many households are food insecure...

Faces of Onderstepoort learners brighten as ARC donates sanitary pads

Puberty can be a very stressful time in the lives of young girls as their bodies begin to change. Imagine facing puberty with a lack of knowledge about menstrual health and...

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Farmworkers’ children should be free to choose – Didiza

Children of farmworkers must enter the sector by choice and not by circumstance. This was the stern message earlier today (Monday, 25 October 2021)...

Govt. funding delay causes insect research unit to close

Several research units that specialise in the control of invasive species using insects have stopped getting funding from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). One unit has already closed down and others are at risk.

Agripreneur 101: Meet a non-dairy yoghurt maker

Moringa, cancer bush, sea moss... As if the flavours aren't enough to make Andile Sasanti's yoghurts stand out from the rest, they are vegan...

Former football star scores winning goal in farming

Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”

Guard against heat stress, warn livestock experts

With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.