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From cashier to award-winning beef farmer

Pinky Buthelezi never dreamt that leaving rural KwaZulu-Natal for Gauteng in 2000 would result in her receiving the ARC’s 2013 Gauteng Emerging Beef Farmer award. Mike Burgess visited her on Leeuwfontein near Nigel to learn how she developed from cashier to farmer.
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Mentoring without interfering breeds success

SA Stud Book-Farmer’s Weekly 2014 Mentor of the Year, Pat Hobbs, is highly respected among the Nguni breeders’ community – not only for producing top quality stud cattle, but for his willingness to assist inexperienced Nguni breeders with advice gained through years of farming. Grant Hollins travelled to the Eastern Cape to learn more about Pat’s breeding and mentoring skills.
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Finding healing and success on a Karoo farm

Despite lacking farming experience, Carole Kirkwood Pretorius converted a rundown Karoo farm into a small but commercially viable enterprise in only six years.
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Restaurant manager turns commercial farmer

Through dedication and hard work, William Matasane of Senekal in the Free State has changed from being a restaurant manager to an award-winning commercial farmer in less than 10 years. Peter Mashala visited him on his farm Keurfontein.
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Bee farming in Friemersheim

A honey bee farming initiative started by Reginald and Irma Jacobus in Friemersheim has brought hope to this rural town by helping to stem the tide of unemployment and poverty. Denene Erasmus reports.
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Community opts for a sustainable livelihood

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 reports.
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Wupperthal rooibos farmers co-operate for a better future

Rooibos has been grown in Wupperthal in the Western Cape for almost 200 years. Recently, the small industry has become more profitable, thanks to a co-operative formed to gain Fairtrade certification.
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TechnoServe SA: supporting new farming entrepreneurs

Millions of rands are pumped into farmer development projects in the government and private sectors, yet hundreds of these projects fail within their first year. Mandla Nkomo, programme manager for agribusiness and food security for TechnoServe SA, explains to Peter Mashala what makes his company’s projects successful.
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Unique school teaches horse racing skills

Horse racing is widely enjoyed in South Africa and abroad. Before a Thoroughbred is ready for the track, an enormous amount of effort, expertise and specialist skill has gone into the breeding and rearing of the animal. At Summerhill Stud, a unique school is teaching these skills. Lloyd Phillips reports.
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From a driver to successful small-scale pig farmer

Marius Herman from Kraaifontein started farming with pigs six years ago and in a short time has managed to establish a viable small business. Denene Erasmus visited him.
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Do you have a vegetable garden?
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Last week's poll
Were you mentored when you started farming?
Yes, I found the help invaluable. (19.23%)
Yes but I did not find it useful. (17.31%)
No, I felt isolated and would have preferred to be mentored. (50%)
No and I preferred it that way. (13.46%)
Yes, I found the help invaluable. (19.23 %) Yes but I did not find it useful. (17.31 %) No and I preferred it that way. (13.46 %) No, I felt isolated and would have preferred to be mentored. (50.00 %) Yes, I found the help invaluable. (19.23 %) Yes but I did not find it useful. (17.31 %) No and I preferred it that way. (13.46 %) No, I felt isolated and would have preferred to be mentored. (50.00 %)
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