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Success with organic farming

Wensleydale Farms in Centurion, Gauteng, is well established as an organic grower. New owner Magapa Phaweni plans to use her business skills to build on the farm’s success and expand its exports.
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VKB-GFADA maize project helps developing 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 Project on state-owned land near Senekal.
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Dedicated mentorship helps achieve maize success

David Matobako, an ambitious young farmer, is proving that agricultural reform is not an idle dream. Susan Botes-Marais visited him on his Free State farm and saw how a sound partnership is making his dream of commercial grain farming come to life.
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From manual labourer to managing partner

Erik Phinallephe (55) was born and raised in Stellenbosch and started working as a general farm labourer when he was only 12.
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Hands-on dairy training

Transformation in SA agriculture involves skills training and the transfer of knowledge. It is perhaps in dairy farming that the need is most obvious. Managing a dairy herd, big or small, requires expertise. The team at Your Future Dairy Training talks to Nan Smith about the advantages of hands-on learning.
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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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