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Gelukwaarts School

Investing in the future of farmworkers’ children

Gelukwaarts School near Van Stadensrus in the Free State was launched by commercial farmers in the late 1990s to serve their workers’ children. Sunet Wessels spoke to Mike Burgess about...
Green Beans Crop

Agri park empowers youth through veggie farming project

Government’s move to establish agri parks as a way to transform rural communities has sparked much debate. amaVeg in Komatipoort has successfully broken into the local and export markets and...
Cotton crop

How SA cotton industry created 5 500 jobs in four years

It’s been four years since the Department of Trade and Industry launched an initiative to increase capacity and competitiveness in South Africa’s textile and apparel industries. CEO of Cotton SA...
No room for favourites - choose cattle breeds carefully

No room for favourites – choose cattle breeds carefully

Gugulethu Zondi, the Agricultural Research Council’s 2016 National Emerging Beef Farmer of the Year, says that farming should be treated like any other business, and that beef farmers should choose...
Isak Manual picking the Crimson Seedless harvest of Siyazama Klipland Boerdery.

De Doorns’ empowerment table grape farm

While many land reform projects across the country have failed, Siyazama Klipland Boerdery, a BEE company in De Doorns, is testimony to how projects can succeed with the right attitude....
Contributing to the growth of black dairy farmers

Contributing to the growth of dairy farmers

As a member and former president of Milk SA, Tsitsikamma dairy farmer Nigel Lok explains that 25% of the statutory levy commercial dairy farmers pay to Milk SA goes to...
Top new grain farmer: from working on a farm to running one

Top new grain farmer: from working on a farm to running...

Grain SA’s 2017 New Era Farmer of the Year, Thulo Mahlatsi, ascribes his success to hard work, careful planning, financial accountability and sound mentoring.
Witzenberg PALS is serious about land reform

Witzenberg PALS is serious about land reform

While farmers in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg district initially started Witzenberg PALS to boost black farm ownership in the region, the company is now also involved in transformation in other...
Top female entrepreneur winning over the wine industry

Top female entrepreneur winning over the wine industry

Berene Damons, the department of agriculture’s 2017 Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the agro-processing category, started work at the Hamilton Russell Vineyards 17 years ago. Promoted almost immediately to...
From a tiny plot to a thriving commercial farm

From a tiny plot to a thriving commercial farm

Former extension officer, Sithembele Malgas, started farming in the Idutywa area of the former Transkei in 1990. Today, he produces cabbages, spinach and butternut in rotation on 3,5ha under irrigation...
ZZ2 opens doors to the subtropical fruit industry

ZZ2 opens doors to the subtropical fruit industry

With its high start-up costs and complex export rules, the subtropical fruit industry presents formidable barriers to new entrants. Alita van der Walt spoke to ZZ2’s Tommie and BJ van...
Jaco Minnaar

Grain SA chairperson: a passionate but practical farmer

It takes a fine balancing act for Grain SA chairperson, Jaco Minnaar, to serve the interests of members while still leaving enough time to pursue his true passion – being...

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