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Meet the Team

Denene Erasmus

Denene hails from a sugar cane farm in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, but after school she relocated to the Cape Winelands to study, for many years, at the University of Stellenbosch. She now lives in Cape Town and has been a journalist for Farmer’s Weekly since 2009. Chances are the magazine won't get rid of her soon, because the job allows her to write about two of her greatest passions – wine and politics. When she is not sitting behind her desk writing, riding around in bakkies with farmers, attending meetings in parliament or tasting new wines, you’ll most likely find her on the beach or in the kitchen trying out exotic recipes.


Chris Nel 
Assistant editor

From a career in zoology and wildlife conservation and management. Chris joined Farmer’s Weekly in 1987. His work includes reviewing/ editing manuscripts for content, checking final proofs, writing and giving input and advice on a wide range of subjects. Interests outside work, time permitting, include travel, backpacking, photography, field sports, ornithology, blues music and jazz, reading, things mechanical, family and good friends and good food.

Marlise Scheepers
News Editor

Marlise was born and raised in Alberton, and started out as a crime reporter. After almost ten years in the media, she decided to take a break and travelled to the US, where she indulged her other love and did her chef’s internship. Upon her return to SA, she took on the challenging role of news editor of Farmer’s Weekly.
“I am passionate about animals, food and people,” says Marlise.
“Agriculture plays such a huge role in the food security of each and every country, but is mostly treated as a step child in the media industry. When people walk into a supermarket they do not always realise where the food they buy comes from. It starts on the farm.”



 Jeandre Du Preez

Jeandre Du Preez is the newest addition to the Farmer’s Weekly team. Originating from a Riversdal farming family, she has farming in her blood. After school she furthered her studies at Stellenbosch and has been working as an agricultural journalist for the past two years.
She says she feels privileged to write about an industry paramount to the survival of all South Africans and is inspired by the innovative solutions with which the farming community bridges the many challenges they face. She enjoys being able to combine work with travel and appreciates the modesty and friendliness with which South Africa’s farmers share their accomplishments.
If she is not writing or visiting farms, you’ll find her relaxing with a good mystery novel or exploring her other passions: travelling and cooking.

Lloyd Phillips

Lloyd Phillips spent much of his childhood growing up on a sugar cane farm at Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. After matriculating from Durban High School in 1993, he began studying for a Diploma in Nature Conservation through Pretoria Technikon and Technikon SA. However, life’s abundant surprises meant that he never did follow this career choice. Instead, until he landed up at Farmer’s Weekly in 2003, at various times he’s worked as an audio technician, an environmental educator, a broiler chick sales rep, and even a waiter. Lloyd now lives with his wife Leigh and sons Matthew (10) and Sydney (7) in the sometimes freezing cold farming town of Mooi River in the KZN Midlands.



Annelie Coleman

Annelie Coleman represents Farmer's Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.

Gerhard Uys

Gerhard Uys grew up as a real city lad, but spends his free time hiking and rock climbing. He learnt the journalism trade as a freelance writer and photographer in the lifestyle industry, but having decided that he will be a cattle farmer by the age of 45 he now indulges his passion for farming by writing about the agriculture.



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This week's poll
Do you think there are equal opportunities for women & men in the South African agri sector?
No, a lot still needs to change
Yes, much progress has been made to empower women in agriculture
The playing field is slowly levelling out
Last week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78%)
No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34%)
I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %) I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %)
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