Empowerment

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.

Award-winning beef farmer’s drive to succeed

The Agricultural Research Council’s Eastern Cape emerging beef farmer for 2015, Sinako Ntseke, farms on three properties which collectively amount to more than 1 200ha. His passion for farming drives...
Suurbraak Grain Farmers’ Co-operative canola-field

Tested farming model the secret to co-op’s success

The Suurbraak Grain Farmers’ Co-operative in the Southern Cape recently won the Western Cape Agricultural Writers’ Association’s Emerging Farmer of the Year award. The group ascribes its success to Boet...

Ambitious smallholder farmer ready to expand operations

North West farmer Salphanius Motswenyane tells Luyolo Mkentane how farming saved him from poverty. Having achieved success on a small scale he now hopes to grow his farming enterprise into...

Developing ostriches in Peddie

Since 2003, this Eastern Cape small-scale ostrich farming project has been providing opportunities for farmers to improve their livelihoods. Having overcome stringent biosecurity requirements, the project is set to expand...

Sheep farming success in Goshen

When Simon Txoanyana – a retired SANDF member – decided to farm in 1999, he realised he couldn’t afford a commercial farm. Mike Burgess spoke to him about how he...

Hard work, not handouts, behind this farmer’s success

Frans Malela from Limpopo gave up his city job to farm full time. With no government help, he became an award-winning farmer, growing maize then cotton on leased land. Today,...

From a hawker to an award-winning agro-processing farmer

Entrepreneur Gugu Mlipha went from being a hawker to an award-winning agro-processing farmer with a turnover of R2,4 million/year. Despite her success, she remains firmly hands-on, even driving her company’s...

Private-sector help for an impoverished community

A poor, deeply rural Eastern Cape community is on the brink of enjoying a revival, thanks to a project to establish a commercial farming operation amongst communal farmers. The venture...

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Land: access vs ownership

Land: access vs ownership

The one crucial point that should not be forgotten by all the organisations and political parties representing, or claiming to represent, the interests of various civil society groupings is the...

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