Empowerment

The Mooketsis’ fast rise to commercial success

Farmers Kabelo and Matshidiso Mooketsi had no previous agricultural knowledge before they began working on a communal farm in 2008. Despite a lack of experience and a difficult introduction to...

Commercial success from humble start

Becoming a farmer didn’t simply fall into Willem Klaase’s lap. He and his wife, Martha, worked hard and took risks to get where they are today. He talked to Glenneis...

From gardener to top provincial farm worker

Alexious Shoko, Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year, suffered setbacks and financial despair. Yet he refused to give up. He spoke to Jeandré du Preez about his inspiring journey...

Pebbles – an educational cornerstone in the winelands

Children in farming communities often face educational obstacles as well as lack of support and encouragement to achieve success. Charmaine Gola from the Pebbles Project spoke to Jeandré du Preez...

Building a family farming legacy

The Toyota New Harvest of the Year finalist for 2015, Koena Jack Moradu, has a simple yet sensible vision: to leave a legacy that will allow his children and his...

Sharing his skills with others

Mpumalanga farmer Johannes Simelane is thankful for the agricultural expertise his late employer shared with him, and is now sharing it with others in his community.
Making every opportunity count in the Eastern Cape

Making every opportunity count in the Eastern Cape

Aviwe Gxotiwe farms with his father, Harry, on a 2 400ha irrigation farm along the Fish River in the Somerset East district, Eastern Cape. Mike Burgess visited this ambitious young...

Many hands make light work

Stephan Fourie of Potato Pride near Frankfort in the Free State sees his workforce and surrounding community as a responsibility not to be taken lightly. He explains his approach to...
Giving security of tenure to your valued farm workers

Giving security of tenure to your valued farm workers

While the South African government and the country’s white farming sector are still finding mutually acceptable ways to implement land reform, a small agri-village in the Winterton area of KwaZulu-Natal...

Driving empowerment with Angora goats

The Mohair Empowerment Trust has launched a project aimed at establishing commercial mohair producers within a five-year period. Mike Burgess travelled with the trust’s Bongani Ndhlovu to one of four...
Broiler farmer prospers with successful partnering

Broiler farmer prospers with successful partnering

Farmer Sam Nkosi started out small, but with good management and the right support he has grown his business into a 1,5 million-broiler farming operation.

A promising career for award-winning young farmer

At just 24 years old, Thato Moagi is already an award-winning farmer. She spoke to Luyolo Mkentane about her mixed farming operation and plans for the future.

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Ross Rayner and his father, Roger, farm 40 Nguni cows and 35 Bosvelder-type ewes on 250ha in the Mankazana Valley near Adelaide in the Eastern Cape. Their operation is an...

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