This week’s agricultural events: 15 – 21 March 2021

Happy Monday, Mzansi! From farming TV shows and webinars to exciting auctions. Here's a rundown of informative agricultural events and opportunities for the next seven days. E-mail to have your event added to our weekly calendar.

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Another exciting week of agricultural events await, from global symposiums to wine festivals! And as the last episode of our Afrikaans TV show airs, our first with full English subtitles begins. 


Monday, 15 March 2021

The inspirational story of Samson Mahlaba

On episode 1 of For the love of the land, farming mentor Piet Potgieter introduces journalist Ivor Price to Samson Mahlaba near Reitz in the Free State. They find out how Mahlaba transitioned into a farmer in his own right after 50 years as a farmworker.

Be sure to catch new episodes of For the love of the land from Monday to Thursday for the next two weeks. Yes, you can catch new episodes at 18:00, 21:00 and 10:00 on People’s Weather (PPL WX) on both DStv channel 180 and Openview channel 155. Also book your seat in front of the telly for the omnibuses on Sundays.

Cape Premier yearling sale 

Cape Thoroughbred Sales is an innovative thoroughbred sales company dedicated to the global growth of the South African bloodstock industry and the sport of horse racing.

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The Cape Premier yearling sale has in the past drawn an international audience. This sale will take place at De Grendel wine estate in Panorama outside Cape Town. More info here. 

The story of Wayne Mansfield 

Tonight, in episode 9 of the Afrikaans farmers’ show, Vir die liefde van die land, we meet 34-year-old citrus farmer Wayne Mansfield. After years of working as a street hawker, he made the shift to farming and never looked back. 

Catch tonight’s episode at 18:30 on VIA, DStv channel 147.   

ALSO READ: How Wayne Mansfield went from fruit hawker to citrus farmer 

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Alfreda Mars, from Moorreesburg, with love

Alfreda Mars is a third-generation farmer from the Moorreesburg area of the Western Cape. She farms with the help of a small, but dedicated team of workers. Mars is featured on episode 2 of For the love of the land.

Catch the episode on People’s Weather (PPL WX) on DStv channel 180 and Openview channel 155 at 18:00, 21:00 or 10:00 tomorrow morning.

Creating value in the South African carbon credit market 

Under South African carbon tax regulations, companies are able to use carbon credits either from their own registered projects or from third parties to offset a portion of their carbon tax liability. This creates opportunities to develop carbon projects, as well as prospects on both the buy-side and sell-side, and helping South Africa to manage environmental impact. 

Join Cova Advisory for a webinar on the South African carbon credits landscape, with expert guest speakers from Climate Legal and WeAct. 

The webinar takes place at 10:00. Register here. 

The leading event for the fresh tomato business 

Offering a mixture of talks, interviews and discussions, Global Tomato Congress explores the latest innovations in the tomato sector, presenting a whole range of fresh ideas to inspire anyone working in this exciting part of the produce business.  

With its unique, multimedia format, this year’s digital programme will focus on the modernisation of fresh tomato supply chains that serve retail, wholesale and foodservice channels all across the world. Expert speakers will offer insight into all areas of the business, from new product development to marketing strategies, from production to post-harvest handling, from brand new technologies to emerging consumer trends. 

Global Tomato Congress 2021 represents an unmissable opportunity to grow your own business in fresh tomatoes. Register here to attend. 

Food safety and private sector partnerships 

Partnerships with the private sector are vital to enhancing the scale, sustainability, and reach of food safety practices and policies. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety leverages research and expertise in food safety, food production, nutrition, and international development to identify the root causes of foodborne illness within supply chains.  

The international panellists in this webinar will share their perspectives and answer your questions on commercial, market-oriented solutions to advancing food safety and creating local and export economic opportunities. 

The event takes place at 15:00 to 16:30. Register here to attend.  


Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Meet Free State farmer Wessel Bibbey

Wessel Bibbey is creating a new generation of black farmers through a land reform project. It all started with a life-changing moment that that turned his life upside down. Viewers meet him on his farm in episode 3 of For the love of the land.

Catch the episode on People’s Weather (PPL WX) on DStv channel 180 and Openview channel 155) at 18:00, 21:00 or 10:00 tomorrow morning.

Resilient forests in a variable future climate 

The international symposium is a three-day event taking place from 17 to 19 March at the Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. 

The symposium on managing for resilient forests in a variable future climate will focus on areas such as management opportunities to increase productivity and resilience of mixed-species or uneven-aged natural forests under threat of climate change, strategic silvicultural choices and adapted management regimes for plantation forests grown under an increasingly erratic climate, and advances in understanding wood formation dynamics and the environmental control of wood property variation. 

Get more info here. 


Thursday, 18 March 2021

From train driver to farmer

In Episode 4 of For the love of the land, Ivor Price and Piet Potgieter visit Ranko Tsotsetsi in Kestell in the Free State. Together, they find out how Ranko, a former train driver, ended up nurturing the land he inherited from his late father.

Catch the episode on People’s Weather (PPL WX) on DStv channel 180 and Openview channel 155 at 18:00, 21:00 or 10:00 tomorrow morning.

The future of food 

The Future of Food webinar is a digital experience and is free and open to the public. 

Discussion topics for this event include: blockchain for supply chains, food justice, internet-of-things for food hardware, genetically modified organisms and biotechnology, regenerative agriculture and soil health, circular economies, zero hunger and zero waste innovations, food equity, alternative proteins (cellular, plant-based, insects, seaweed, algae), insect agriculture, vertical agriculture, hydroponics, aeroponics and autonomous production. 

Learn more and register here. 

Joubertsvlei auction 

This auction by the Joubertsvlei Boerderytrust takes place from 11:00 at Joubertsvlei in Standerton, Mpumalanga. Contact PM Swart on 083 948 3345 for more information, and view the catalogue here. 


Friday, 19 March 2021

Meet the farmer with a deep heritage as farm worker

Ivor Price stops by Whernit Dirks who farms near Piketberg in the Western Cape. Whernit has transitioned from fourth-generation farmworker to commercial farmer, and he’s only just begun.

Catch the episode on People’s Weather (PPL WX) on DStv channel 180 and Openview channel 155 at 18:00, 21:00 or 10:00 tomorrow morning.

The Great Kenton Wine Festival 

Come to the Barefoot Capital of Mzansi, Kenton-on-Sea, about 100km from Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape. Here you will wine, dine, taste and learn more about your favourite wines and foods in this little piece of heaven along the sunshine coast. There will be 11 of the country’s finest wine estates and producers at the official tastings with over 70 wines to taste and purchase at cellar door prices over the weekend. 

The festival takes place today and tomorrow. Buy tickets here. 


Sunday, 21 March 2021

Catch up on the week’s ‘For the love of the land’

If you’ve missed any of the nightly episodes of Food For Mzansi and the VKB Group’s new TV show For the love of the land this week, today is your chance to catch up. Book your seat in front of the telly for the omnibuses today at 10:00 – 12:00 & 18:00 – 20:00. 

Also, set your reminders to catch the second half of the 10-episode series next week, Monday to Friday, at 18:00, 21:00 and 10:00 on People’s Weather (PPL WX) on both DStv channel 180 and Openview channel 155. 

The story of Aldrin Lawrence 

Tonight, in the final episode of Vir die liefde van die land we meet 51-year-old Aldrin Lawrence who farms in the Mara area of the Vhembe district of Limpopo. This is a little farming town called Buysdorp, named for his ancestor, French Huguenot Coenraad De Buys. Catch tonight’s Afrikaans episode at 18:00 on VIA, DStv channel 147.   

ALSO READ: Limpopo farmer channels the passions of his renegade ancestors 

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