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Kolie Paulse’s labour of love

Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year for 2013, Kolie Paulse, has an unwavering commitment and passion for his work. This has seen him advance from a general labourer to a farm manager and irrigation specialist.
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Communal farming under threat

The Kukung family has farmed on communal land in Kgabalatsane village for more than six decades. Patrick and Benny Kukung explain to Peter Mashala how the village’s communal farming system has deteriorated.
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An American perspective of SA

Peering over the fence to see how the farmer next door is doing is a temptation few can resist. Recently a group of 16 American farmers visited South Africa. Lindi van Rooyen spoke to them about American trends and comparisons with South Africa.
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Land reform dilemma

CEO of the Rhys Evans Group (Grain SA’s 2013 Grain Producer of the Year), Anthony Evans, says land reform is the industry’s main problem.
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The Anglo-Boer War’s Basutoland refugees

It is a little known fact that Orange Free State Boer families were once offered refuge during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in Lesotho, then Basutoland. The resentment of Boer fighters, who sacrificed everything in the war, towards returning refugees reverberates to this day.
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Markets for land reform beneficiaries

Too many once-successful farms now lie fallow, so it’s a breath of fresh air to hear of an initiative that seeks to prevent this from happening, says Lloyd Phillips.
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Never too old to be a top farmer

Grain SA/Absa Developing Grain Producer of the Year for 2013, Maurice Boki, is proof that age should never be considered a barrier to successful farming.
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A winning community project

Sphiwe Machika, the 2013 DAFF Female Farm Worker of the Year, says working with the best team has brought the best out in her. Peter Mashala visited Sphiwe at the Rathabiseng Community Farming Project outside Pretoria.
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Plague of the countryside –drought and fire

As drought grips many parts of South Africa, it has again become clear how vulnerable rural communities are to weather extremes. Mike Burgess travelled through the southern Free State and northern Eastern Cape and reports on the dry conditions and devastating fires that have pushed communities to the limit.
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Bushmen, rustling & the adoption of livestock

In the last days of their independence in the highlands of the Eastern Cape, Lesotho and KwaZulu-Natal, the Bushmen became stock thieves and integrated domestic livestock into their rock art and spiritual beliefs, writes Mike Burgess.
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This week's poll
Do you think there is a future for smallscale farming in SA?
Yes, smallscale farmers contribute to global food production.
No, economies of scale are vital for successful farming.
There is a place for both smallscale and commercial farming in SA.
Last week's poll
Minister Nkwinti's proposal to landowners to give 50% of their farms to farmworkers is...
Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68%)
Will benefit land reform. (41.84%)
Will threaten food security. (39.21%)
Mathematically impossible. (5.26%)
Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %) Will benefit land reform. (41.84 %) Ridiculous, this will not resolve land issues. (13.68 %) Mathematically impossible. (5.26 %) Will threaten food security. (39.21 %)
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