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Fake ciggies threaten farm jobs (oh, it also contains human poo!)

The illegal cigarette trade in South Africa is rated one of the highest in the world. Today, illegal tobacco products account for approximately 24% of the local market with an estimated...

Opportunities abound for black winemakers, but what about ownership?

With the South African economy still in a tight spot, perhaps the best opportunity lies in being a disruptive winemaker with a vengeance for a devious malevolence. This might sound cruel,...

Ongoing drought leaves farmers, agri-workers crippled

South African farmers continue to battle a crippling drought which many believe could be the worst since 1988. Not only are farmers suffering the drought’s profound consequences, a new report indicates...

Land debate ‘clouded by misreports, lack of data’

South Africa’s parliament has passed a resolution to amend the constitution and allow expropriation without compensation. The decision has generated a storm of gigantic proportions as political parties, citizens, white farmers and commentators...

School bags lighten up homework for rural kids

The new school year kicked off on a high note for the learners at ZZ2 Primary School in Mooketsi, Limpopo when they all received brand-new school bags. The bags not only...

Here’s why you really should be nuts about almonds

The “health nuts” amongst us seem to be going nuts about almonds. Seriously. A nut such as an almond really is a life-source. It provides nutrition for the growth of a new...

Agri SA project to fix shocking rural roads well underway

When you go shopping you may not be driving a badly pothole-ridden road, like the ones in many rural areas. But those bumps still shake you on every trip to the...

Sernick partnership to boost Nketoana’s red meat industry

The Nketoana Local Municipality in the Free State has signed a five-year partnership agreement with the Sernick Group to boost the red meat industry in the province's Thabo Mofutsanyane District, comprising Arlington,...

‘Don’t underestimate agri contribution to SA economy’

Nono Sekhoto-Iga, the Managing Director and founder of Growthshoot, a leading agri-business, says new farmers will thrive if they receive proper support, as well as access to finance and markets. Sekhoto-Iga, who...

Understanding the new minimum wage for agricultural workers

Whilst the new minimum wage for agricultural workers has been met with mixed emotions by farmer representatives and organized labour, both Cosatu and the Federation of Unions of South Africa have supported...

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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...