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Spanjaard Copper Compound shields nuts and bolts in extreme heat.
This local innovation turns nuisance kitchen waste into a valuable agricultural input.
This takes mere seconds to operate, yet it can prevent vehicle theft and help keep you safe.

Plough for more

Hundreds of emerging farmers gathered in Soweto, Johannesburg, recently, to hear from agriculture stakeholders how they planned to turn Gauteng into an agro-processing hub in the continent.
The investigation into the R36,48 million sale of a 414 hectare Mpumalanga Province farm is in full swing.

Umzimkulu mill reopens

Illovo’s Umzimkulu sugar mill, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, is due to reopen after a year-long closure.
Tepsy Ntseoane and Ismail Motala were elected interim committee members for Gauteng and Western Cape African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) respectively after two years of leadership challenges.
The DA hopes to see changes made to the Labour Relations Amendment Bill after MPs’ poor attendance in parliament clouded the vote to pass the act. Denene Erasmus reports.
The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has received numerous reports of fraudulent companies selling poultry production equipment as well as live birds to unsuspecting farmers.
Ten developing Free State maize farmers are achieving success, thanks to the help of a dedicated mentor and the support of agricultural companies. Susan Botes-Marais reports on the VKB-GFADA Maize...
This ostrich farm in the Western Cape has diversified into tourism, sport, concerts and other attractions that ensure a constant income stream. Jay Ferreira reports.
Illovo’s Ubombo mill in Swaziland is a showcase of successful electricity co-generation from bagasse. It has increased sugar production in that country and demonstrated that the process is affordable and...

Growing groundnuts

Groundnuts is a drought-toleraGroundnuts are rich in protein and can be eaten raw, cooked or roasted. The upright types are mostly cultivated under drier conditions, while the runner kinds are...

Farming to make money

From restaurant manager to Grain SA's 2010 Developing Grain Producer of the Year - how did William Matasane from Senekal do it? The secret to his success is chasing profits,...
The Onverwacht community, with support from Food and Trees for Africa, an international NGO, has opted for a more sustainable solution than RDP housing to improve their lives. Peter Mashala...

Low-key bachelor pads

Jonno helps Linda with plans for no-nonsense bachelor pads.
Nowhere does it say that you have to have spaghetti with bolognaise sauce. And to prove it, here’s a combination of great flavours, textures and aromas all designed to transform...
Dear Paul Thanks for the sketch and photos of your recently-acquired farm and house. From our phone conversation, I gather you want to extend the accommodation and re-roof it with...

Just 100m2 & space to spare

Jonno, I work at a mine in Lesotho, and would like to build a thatched roof cottage from natural stone of about 80m2 to 100m2.
Eggs Onassis: A breakfast for your inner millionaire.

Lamb curry

Curries are an old Indian delicacy filled with a mix of herbs and spices and tantalising aroma. Find out how you can cook up a mouthwatering lamb curry.
A proper diet will go a long way to preventing disease and certain behavioural problems, says Kim Dyson.
Communal and emerging wool farmers produce 12% of the national clip. One of these is Nophumzile Sithole in Naledi, between Sterkspruit and Lady Grey. She is a regular contributor to...

Finding the perfect wing

The wings of racing pigeons are one of the most important physical attributes and breeding birds with the ideal 'wing design' takes time and experience. Thomas Smit shares a few...

Dealing with milkweed

These plants grow almost anywhere, and can be deadly if your animals eat too many of them, warns Paul Donovan.

Learn about vaulting

Vaulting, the ancient sport of equine gymnastics, is the fastest-growing equestrian sport in South Africa. One reason for this is that it’s truly accessible to all, explains Dr Mac.
There's no mysticism involved. To build a beautiful friendship with your horse, you just need to know how to speak its language, writes Kim Dyson.
'You can't feed all those people with platinum, gold or computer chips.'
When it comes to Integrated Pest Management (IPM), tomatoes have quite a complex array of requirements which will depend on the varieties planted and the region where they are grown,...
Gerhard Dreyer, owner of The New Nut Company in North West, says there is always demand for groundnuts in the local and international markets, and farmers in the right climatic...

Vegetables back in vogue

In the 6 June issue of FreshPlaza.com, I came across an article entitled ‘The rise of Africa’s super vegetables’. “Indigenous vegetables are in vogue,” it said. “As people throughout East...

Running a tight ship

Diversifying from sugar cane into macadamias and tunnel tomatoes demanded careful monitoring of data and water quality by Stuart Borchers in order to generate a valuable weekly income. Robyn Joubert...

Commitment is all

Since I seem to be lambasting politicians and bureaucrats all the time, permit me to illustrate the sort of situation I come across almost without exception in markets.

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