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Four things happening in SA agriculture today, 29 October 2020

Agri Career Fair goes virtual, webinar on growing local plants, a study opportunity in agrarian studies, and another moving episode of our TV show

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If you still think that agriculture is just farming and animals, think again! There are literally thousands of agriculture career possibilities in Mzansi’s vibrant agri-sector and today bright high school learners will discover a field of agricultural oppertunities.

Also on Food For Mzansi’s agri agenda is an online virtual garden that will host horticultural specialists and other flower experts. An invaluable study opportunity has become available for individuals with a passion for land and agrarian policymaking, planning, managing, etc.

We also spotlight a new episode of an agricultural TV show making waves on Mzansi’s agri circuit.

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Food For Mzansi Agri Career Fair 2020 takes flight

Boys and girls, today marks the official kick-off of this year’s Food For Mzansi Agri Career Fair. Yes, we’re going virtual, and learners from across South Africa can participate in this year’s virtual event.

The live-streamed event serves as the kick-off of a year-long series built around our virtual agriculture careers resource available at agricareers.co.za.

Here learners can find invaluable information to help take the stress out of choosing subjects and planning for their future careers. The site also features scores of interesting people with awesome and diverse careers in the sector who can inspire kids to dream about future jobs they didn’t even know about before.

The live event starts at 08:50 and will see a group of students from various schools gather at La Rochelle Girls’ High School in Paarl for a fun event where they will also learn about the options they have in agriculture.

Students will get first-hand information on the A to Z of study and career possibilities in agriculture, including farming, economics, accountancy, journalism, agronomy, marketing, genetics, digital marketing, sales and so much more.

You can follow the live-streamed launch event at agricareers.co.za or on the Food For Mzansi Facebook from 08.50 this morning.

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Splash of nature and online garden fun

Ever heard of an online virtual garden? Well amid a raging pandemic anything is possible

Join in on a celebration of nature and enjoy the Western Cape in a seasonal splash of colour, online, at this year’s first virtual McGregor Magic Festival.

During the online event guided by experts interested individuals can learn from horticultural specialists and other experts about the conservation of wild indigenous flora, water-wise gardening must-knows and more.

The festival of plants started on Saturday, 24 October and runs until Saturday, 7 November 2020. Book your virtual spot here: McGregor Magic Festival

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An invaluable learning opportunity

Are you looking to do doing a postgraduate diploma in poverty, land and agrarian studies? Well, look no further.

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape is offering you a unique and invaluable opportunity. It is the only programme in the land and agrarian studies field offered at a South African University and accredited at NQF level 8.

The course is designed for passionate and committed working professionals such as policymakers, planners, managers and fieldworkers. It will benefit those working in government departments, local government bodies, NGOs, private sector companies and consultancies.

Ready to learn? Click here to apply and for further instructions. You can also contact Carla Henry at postgraduates@plaas.org.za for more information.

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Another great agri success story featured on TV show

Get ready for episode four of the Vir die liefde van die land (For the love of the land) TV show airing tonight.

In this week’s episode hosts Ivor Price, co-founder of Food For Mzansi, and Piet Potgieter, manager for developing agriculture of the VKB Group, take their film crew to a Free State farm manned and owned by Petrus Tsotetsi, a second-generation farmer wise enough to follow in his father’s footsteps.

In the episode, Tsotetsi shares how he had to take over the farm after his father’s death. Viewers also learn about a very serious accident that took Tsotetsi from his land for an entire year. Also, why this farmer believes in partnering with others.

The episode featuring Tsotetsi airs Thursday, 15 October, at 18:00 on VIA, DStv channel 147 with further repeats on Fridays at 00:00 and 06:00 and Sundays at 20:00.

Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.
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