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The Tax Ombudsman’s investigation highlights the dubious tactics used by SARS to delay refunding taxpayers.
The future will probably be one where farmers, individually and through their organisations, will have to fend for themselves.
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Six people have so far died during the veld fires that destroyed an estimated 45 000ha in Harrismith.
A surprise result in the South African Dairy Championships saw a frozen yoghurt scoop top honours from all cheeses, butters, ice creams and milk to be named the 2015 South...
Shiraz SA recently announced its top 12 Shiraz wines at an award ceremony held at Rhebokskloof Wine Farm in Paarl.
The Western Cape office of the regional land claims commissioner has issued a warning to prospective claimants to beware of false land claims officials.
A six-week gap in the European and UK market for kiwifruit presents a window of opportunity for South African growers.
Bruce Moffat, a great-great-great grandson of Zimbabwe's earliest white missionary, Robert Moffat, has won a protracted court battle over the ownership of a farm the Moffats have worked since 1910.
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...
In 2012, the South African fruit industry launched an initiative to develop a set of environmental and ethical standards in line with international norms. As part of this, a programme...
In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually.
Flowershed supplies the local and export markets with indigenous flowers. Here's how they broke into and conquered the indigenous flower market.
The government’s mechanisation programme is doomed to failure unless it is project-managed properly and regard is given to the many difficulties of operating machinery in a small-scale environment, says Peter...
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...

All wrapped up!

Jonno gives FWSA readers a special gift for Christmas - a basic home design.
Yolande fell in love with a 'Peter Pan' styled house she had seen in an issue of Farmer's Weekly. She asks Jonno if he can design a house similar to...
I received a call from a previous client to come on site and see what I could suggest to make their holiday home more user-friendly and generally improve the look...
Chicken on the braai can so easily be one of life’s great failures. You all know about it – skin nice and crispy on the outside, yet deep within the...

Dukkah: spice of life

Dukkah is an Egyptian snack, designed to be crunchily consumed with crusty bread, limpid olive oil and the Ethiopian coffee of your dreams.
Steak, in my singular view, should be redefined as a staple. While bread and even mealie meal have their place, a well-aged piece of prime beef is very difficult to...
Bringing a horse into work takes commitment and effort, as well as common sense, cautions Kim Dyson. Here she suggests an easy, practical exercise regimen.
Starting with just 10 Bonsmaras, ARC National Emerging Beef Farmer for 2013 Moses Zengetwa today has a herd of 120 highly productive Bonsmara-type cows and heifers. Mike Burgess visited him...
The Dexter cattle breed is hardy and well-adapted to South Africa's harsh farming conditions.
With colour variants in rare game being in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, ‘White Saddleback’ blesbok may be the way to go for breeders who want to ensure...
The grasslands of the African savannah depend on defoliation processes like fire and grazing to maintain plant vigour, increase cover and reduce rainfall-runoff. Prof Winston Trollope talks to Heather Dugmore...
Equine lymphangitis causes inflammation, pain and lameness, and needs careful attention, says Kim Dyson.
Sweet potatoes are highly adaptable when it comes to soil type. I have grown this crop commercially in soils ranging from sandy to a very heavy clay.
Aimed at bringing emerging farmers into the commercial cycle, the Sundays River Citrus Company’s development project is that rarity – one that actually works. Samantha Barnes reports.
One pest has caused severe damage on almost every lettuce farm at some time or other: the African bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera).
This beef and vegetable farmer has successfully merged organic products into his conventional spraying programme and is building the soil with green manure crops.
If molecular biologist Prof Jill Farrant is successful, farmers could soon have access to cultivars that can withstand one or even two months of extreme drought.
The Ruperts, one of South Africa’s most prominent families, are using their foothold in the local wine industry to save a small part of the country’s proud wine heritage through...

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