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A recent Tax Court ruling sheds light on capital gains tax, abandoned options, witness testimonies and understatement penalties.
Mention ‘sustainable farming’, and your listener will invariably think you’re referring to the environment. The fact that profitability is a prerequisite is often entirely disregarded.
There’s something fundamentally wrong with a country where non-taxpaying voters get to determine what happens with money contributed by others.

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Astral’s interim financials for the six months ended 31 March reflect what the group has described as “extremely difficult market conditions” during the period.
A second Free State farmer fell prey to rural criminality in the province during the past week, according to Alani Janeke, Free State Agriculture spokesperson.
The KWV Group, one of the world’s most renowned brandy and wine brands, is to be sold for R1,15 billion to a leading consumer focused investment group.
With more than 80% of the country’s maize crop already harvested, the Crop Estimates Committee’s seventh production forecast for 2009/10’s summer crops indicates a maize yield of 13,09 million tons.
North West’s agriculture and rural development MEC Desbo Mohono has earmarked R155 million for the implementation of a number of agricultural projects in her 2012/2013 policy and budget speech.
Allegations have been levelled against officials of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), of deliberately holding up the settlement of the Wallmansthal land claim for personal gain.
Trade liberalisation has resulted in huge market expansion for South African fruit. It has, however, also resulted in numerous new challenges for producers. Glenneis Erasmus reports.
Robertson Winery runs one of a few successful transformation projects in the industry. Cellar master Bowen Botha and shareholder Martha Fielies share their story with Denene Erasmus.

Dealing with land claims

The pending reopening of the land claims window for a further five years could see a flood of claims being lodged on South African farms. With more than 7 000...
Starting literally overnight and through necessity 25 years ago, the family company Darling Creamery now produces over 300 separate high-quality product lines – and is proof that success comes from...
The recent drought has pushed the price of pig feed sky-high, and SA pork producers are reeling as a result. Unfortunately, it will be at least six months before conditions...
Sound management and investing in human resources has brought Gilbert Phalafala swift success.

Stylish homes in Mozambique

I had a call from a prospective housing developer in Mozambique. He required plans for easy-to-build, cost-effective and stylish homes for the local community.

Retiring at the lakeside

I received a call from Mike and Molly, who would like a stage-built house in a private lakeside home resort. The man-made lake, which stretches for 3km upstream, is situated...
Dear Jonno I recently purchased an 8ha smallholding on which I plan to grow macadamias. The building on the property is not worth repairing, so I would prefer to build...
Hi Shawn Thanks for the informative site meeting on your new 840ha game farm near Weenen. Attached are the plans for your proposed new home. I have improvised on the...
Cattle and maize farmers Maurice and Celestè Leonard have established hiking trails, a wedding venue and accommodation on their Gauteng farm. They spoke to Gerhard Uys.

Flight to the lakes

Kenya is iconic wildlife territory, place of the annual wildebeest migration and the mighty Great Rift Valley. Millions of migratory flamingoes find sanctuary in the Rift Valley lakes. Keri Harvey...
This draft document could have far-reaching consequences for the wildlife industry.
Crossbreeding two beef breeds is a popular practice among South Africa’s commercial beef producers. A KwaZulu-Natal family that has been in the beef farming business for several decades believes it...

Fish farming beyond SA

The state of aquaculture in neighbouring countries – and the lessons to be learnt.
Chinkerinchees are indigenous to the Western Cape and highly poisonous to horses, warns Dr Mac.
The word lameness can strike fear into any horse owner, but when it emanates from the pelvic region, the prognosis can be good, says Kim Dyson.
Cloete Afrikaners takes the increasing consumer demand for grass-fed beef seriously. Adrian Cloete spoke to Gerhard Uys about the challenges of doing so in an industry currently geared to the...
Of all soil organisms, earthworms can be by far the largest component by weight. Their benefits are generally insufficiently appreciated by farmers.
The ARC-Grain Crops Institute recently published its annual report on the 2010/2011 and the multi-seasonal results going back to 2008/2009 for the national cultivar trials for maize.
The South African Breweries (SAB) has launched a project to encourage and support sustainable farming practices among barley farmers. This focuses primarily on water reduction and soil health, reports Denene...
Despite repeated calls to plant less maize, producers still managed a bumper maize crop of nearly 14 million tons in the 2009/10 season, pushing maize costs down to import parity.
The use of chemicals to control pests and diseases in crops is bad news for the environment and the farmer’s bottomline. During a visit early this year to South Africa,...
Growing vegetables is highly competitive, demanding and arguably the most difficult branch of agriculture in which to succeed, especially for new entrants.

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