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Springbok hero worship ‘leads to a revision of our history’

My father, the late prof. Jakes Gerwel, was one of ten children of John and Sarah Gerwel, farmworkers and sharecroppers in what is now...

Kasi sport academy inspiring a culture of farming

The blissful laughter of athletic women and children with green fingers can be heard echoing through the township of Tsakane Mashona, Extension 12 in...

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...

‘Garden detention’ sparks learners’ interest in food gardening

At the foot of the scenic Tsitsikamma Mountains in the Eastern Cape, learners at Johan Hus Primary School intentionally misbehave to work in their...

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...

Fruit farm gives learners a chance at reaching their full potential

“When you’ve been a teacher for over 40 years, you understand that education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty in...

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‘Farming brothers’ breaking stereotypes

It’s true that you can’t choose your family, but these three Mzansi farmers beg to differ.  Brothers Buchule Jack and Buzwe Pama run a successful farming business in the Free State alongside their friend...

Liewe Lulu: Fighting ‘farmer’s armpits’

Suffering in Silence (45) from Jacobsdal in the Free State writes…  I love my hubby, Katlego, but his body odour is messing with my libido. He is...

Electrical engineer finds solace in her kitchen and home garden

Finding solace in gardening never crossed Leshoto Thooe’s mind until she decided to get her hands dirty. To relax from her budding career as an electrical engineer, the 34-year-old spends her downtime cooking and gardening.   RECIPE: Herb-encrusted...

Smart agriculture: the key to food security into the future

By 2050 the world’s population will reach around 9.2 billion, 34 percent higher than today. To meet the nutritional needs of these extra mouths,...

RECIPE: Herb-encrusted Leg of Lamb, the Leshoto way…

“Leg of lamb may sound intimidating to many, but it’s actually one of the most tender, succulent and easy-to-work-with cuts of meat.” So says...