From ink to wine: How Zinaschke got top winemaker job

At first glance, it seems an unlikely jump. How would a proof-reader, originally from Klerksdorp in the north of the country wind up as winemaker for the Cape’s most decorated cellar?

Opportunity found young farmer in the oddest of places

Four years ago, a freshly graduated Thabang Makola worked as a customer assistant at Woolworths. The Bachelor of Science in agriculture that he obtained from the University of Limpopo the year before was lying fallow. A customer, surprised to see his avid interest in the cover of Farmer’s Weekly, struck up a conversation with him about agriculture.

‘Farming has never been my backup plan,’ says Mthiyane

For crop and cattle farmer Minenhle Mthiyane from Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal, farming has never been his backup plan. The 24-year-old says that making a life for himself in the agriculture sector has always been his first choice.

Optimism is a secret weapon for this poultry farmer

For poultry farmer Motlatsi Tolo, inspiration lies in constantly staying hopeful and resolving problems. She is one of the extraordinary female farmers participating in Corteva Women Agripreneur Programme 2021, a year-long blended development programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA), powered by Corteva Agriscience.

How this apple farmer ensures his competitive edge

In the eastern Free State sits the small town of Fouriesburg, surrounded by the glorious Maluti Mountains. Here Doug Osler produces award-winning apples in one of the most difficult landscapes of...

Farm attack survivor: ‘I survived, there is purpose for me’

It’s been almost two years since Free State farmer Mimie Jacobs had to endure a brutal attack on her farm during which perpetrators threatened to rape and kill her. It is a...

Dairy farmer on mission to make a difference

It was exactly ten years ago when dairy farmer Siviwe Tikana (28) joined a missionary organisation called Youth With a Mission in Worcester, Western Cape, in his gap year after high...

Born without hands, this farmer builds his own future

Sibusiso Mogale is a farmer from eNgodini, Mbombela in Mpumalanga who produces chickens and organic vegetables. He knows the struggles that many small-scale farmers across Mzansi face, but he is up...

How Zinhle burns poverty, one briquette at a time

When Zinhle Lorraine started her charcoal and briquette business, Six To Six Brands, it was out of the need to put food on the table. Now, by using invasive alien and waste plants to make eco-briquettes,...

‘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. Nobela (30) always had an interest in agriculture. After taking...

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Free State ‘black gold’ breeder shares his secrets to success

Growing up on a farm in the Free State, 29-year-old Chrisjan van Tonder always knew that he would one day feed the nation. However, when the time came to take over and become the third generation to assume responsibility for the family farm, it was unexpected and under challenging circumstances.

Drought disaster means ‘dololo’ without farmer support

Following countless, urgent requests from farmers across the country, a drought disaster was declared for three provinces. While this unlock some financial support for suffering farmers, some are doubting whether it will even reach them.

N. West chicken abattoir a ‘big boost for beginner farmers’

Up-and-coming chicken farmers in North West have welcomed the opening of a government-owned chicken abattoir with more affordable rates. MEC Desbo Mohono says it helps farmers to grow the local economy and jobs. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Junk status: ‘Time to reposition fresh produce markets’

Sovereign credit ratings agency Moody’s downgraded four of South Africa’s top metros to junk status, but what does this mean for agriculture? This could actually impact fresh produce markets, warned Agbiz.

Beef farmer: I am caught in the middle of my child’s...

This beef farmer is struggling with an adult daughter who is pouting like a child and an ex son-in-law renting land.