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A simple rondavel

Luci and David want to build a a new rondavel with cement blocks under thatch. Find out what Jonno comes up with.
Stephen, for whom I had previously done design work, recently approached me with a further request for cost-effective tourist accommodation in a rural, farm-style design.

Eco-friendly homes

Dionne is looking for an architect who could design a number of environmentally friendly housing options of 40m², 60m² and 80m², with the option of additions but staying true to...

Plough for more

Ghana’s rice industry has called on the private sector to invest more in domestic rice production in the form of machinery and logistics to complement government’s efforts to develop the...
A new framework to eliminate rabies has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United...
This year bird watching enthusiasts from all over the country will attempt to record the 845 bird species found in South Africa in a day.
KwaDukuza Municipality on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast intended to expropriate 24 properties in Darnall and the Nonoti-Fort Pearson area to build houses for two housing developments.
Speaking at Nampo’s Nation in Conversation about successful empowerment projects, Phillip Retief, CEO of Van Loveren wines said initiators of projects must become involved because they want to be involved,...

More land lost to veld fires

About 5 500ha was lost to veld fires near Verkykerskop in the north-eastern Free State this weekend.
Retired broker, Hennie Lamprecht, runs a profitable, free-range chicken farming operation.

Bringing up broilers

Robyn Joubert visited Hanbury Chickens, a family-run broiler business in KwaZulu- Natal. Modest and efficient, the Hanburys use modern methods to get the most out of their birds - guaranteeing...
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) recently brought its New Generation Plantations project to SA, where it is engaging with timber stakeholders and government to implement the concept. Rod...
The old saying that the only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys was apparent at the latest SA Model Tractor Association (SAMTA) gathering in Bothaville....
With renewable energy becoming necessary, could wood gasification present a viable alternative?
To most people Gauteng would not bring to mind the image of lush crop fields or technologically advanced agriculture. Yet the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) has...
Jonno designs a bush lodge catering for 16 five-star sleeper units for Socrates all the way in Angola.
A good friend and former colleague has been converted to veganism. Vegans eat no animal- based foods, including milk and eggs. This is what I prepared when he and his...

Adding space (& character)

Dear Jonno, Attached is my two-bedroom unit. Where the entrance is facing south-east there’s more space to extend.
I recently received a call from Angela, inviting me to attend a site meeting in a Durban suburb to discuss the design of two cottages on her property for possible...
I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KZN midlands. On his farm is a sturdy hall, built in the 1860s, that once served as a meeting...

Head space

Jonno sketches a starter home for FW reader Andre.
During the drought of 2006, Paul Bester, head of ZZ2’s transformation initiative was approached by civil engineer Element Mashai and his partner Elvis Ramolo, who owned a herd outside Polokwane....

Poisonous plants

Horses generally avoid toxic plants, but owners need to know how to identify them in order to avoid serious mishaps, writes Kim Dyson.
New Zealand may be thousands of kilometres away from South Africa, but the dairy industries of both countries share similar challenges. Will Henson, agronomist from Agriseeds New Zealand, visited KZN...
When acupuncture is used to stimulate specific points along affected energy channels, blockages are opened and the normal flow of energy is restored, says Kim Dyson.

Go green!

Experienced pigeon fancier Dr Bertus Praeg takes the practical use of pigeon manure to a scientific level. Thomas Smit spoke to him.
Tendonitis is common in horses that have to gallop frequently, and causes swelling and pain.

How the Brits do it

'Five buyers for an entire industry simply doesn't add up in a free market scenario,' writes Mike Cordes.
Want to cut down on a major input cost? Don’t be held hostage by the fertiliser companies; produce your own nitrogen.
There are many pots on the boil on the farm of DAFF’s Best Female Entrepreneur of the Year, but the main course is based on Moringa.

Some good news, some bad

'I see three previously disadvantaged farmers, but not one commercial farmer, market agent or buyer on the panel. They account for most of a turnover exceeding R8 billion and they...
When it comes to fertilising tomatoes after planting, much will depend on what fertiliser you used in the pre-planting stages and the condition of the soil.

How do we save our bees?

Globally, the fate of bees, as well as their important role in pollination and food production, have been in the spotlight. Wilma den Hartigh spoke to industry experts about the...

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