A promotion based solely on ‘gut-feel’ can prove disastrous. I know; I made this mistake years ago. It damaged our organisation, my confidence, and the lives of a man and...
Firefighting is not complicated, but managing the process, which includes prevention, training, communication, maintaining equipment and more, is another story. It requires minute attention to detail, says Peter Hughes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has handed farmers a golden opportunity and we dare not let it pass. Let’s work together to boost the public image of farmers and farming, says Peter...

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The minister and deputy minister of agriculture, Senzeni Zokwana and Bheki Cele, met with the leadership of Agri SA as part of their introductory interactions with key stakeholders in the...
Land reform has brought stability and generated income in the Northern Cape, according to Obed Mvula, Northern Cape land affairs director.
South African olive oil producers have until 29 July to submit entries to SA Olive, South Africa’s official body representing the interests of the local olive industry, for the 2013...
The Beverage Association of South Africa (BevSA) has urged the National Treasury to drop its proposal to implement a tax on sweetened beverages sold in the country.
A large group of farmers and members of Agri SA, met ANC delegates in Pretoria on Friday to voice their concerns about the expropriation of land without compensation.
Poor economic growth in China, coupled with general poor economic performance in the rest of the world, had resulted in a decline in global commodity prices, according to Wessel Lemmer,...
Tabi Diphoko of Dobsonville, Soweto, has faced many challenges in his farming career, including the loss of his wife, which nearly caused him to give up. But at 77, this...
Digitalisation, in combination with growing concern over pollution, wastage and food safety, is resulting in smarter, more functional packaging with a smaller environmental footprint. Alwyn van Jaarsveld, head of sales at...
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...
Stanley and Heather Micallef began by growing snails in an open-air paddock. Earlier this year, they changed to a climate-controlled set-up, which has enabled them to increase production significantly. Snail...
Once Eskom's poster boy for electrified greenhouse heating, cut-flower farmer David Gates feels he has now been hung out to dry by the state utility. The annual fees he's charged...
Edmund Oettle, South Africa’s only organic brandy producer, explains that his farming approach is a life choice. He speaks to Jay Ferreira about his business operation near Wellington in the...
I received a call from a Farmer’s Weekly reader in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to design an upmarket lodge developnment. After browsing through my many conceptual sketches and consulting with the...
Jonno designs a two-storey house with solar panels on the roof for Sipho whom stays in a township outside East London.
This superb side-dish is a cinch to make. Baked in the oven, it leaves the rest of the kitchen free for whatever delights you are planning to add to the...
Jonno, My husband and I will be retiring from public service in five years, but we want to start building our dream home now.
  With a thunderstorm brewing in the background the tawny eagle Veruschka flies through the Kalahari sky. After the intense heat of the day a soothing breeze stirred the yellow...
Why spend endless hours labouring on your Christmas dinner when you can get mouthwatering results with less effort? For the turkey, I’ve chosen a delicious recipe from my 85-year-old aunt...
Angular limb deformities can be treated in various ways, depending on the severity of the deformity, says Dr Mac.
When it comes to breeding it’s important to familiarise yourself with your mare’s cycle, writes Kim Dyson.
An exact measurement is needed to certify competition horses, says Dr Mac.
Riders should be very careful about giving horses supplements before competitions, cautions Dr Mac.
Certain horse breeds have an inborn ability to separate a cow from a herd, a trait that makes them a valuable partner on a farm, says Dr Mac.
Most of South Africa’s livestock reportedly occur in communal areas, but few generate income.
When planting lettuce, it is very important to ensure that the soil is sufficiently moist to reduce transplant shock.
Peter Nicholson of Roselands farm near Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal believes organic farming can be used to sustainably feed the world. He shares his vision with Lloyd Phillips.
Bacterial wilt can be a devastating disease in tomatoes. I’ve seen whole crops destroyed, and if you’re farming in a warm area where the disease is prevalent, it’s worth knowing...
The supply of water to Olifants River Valley producers has been frequently interrupted in recent years due to breakages in the irrigation canal. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Johan Matthee, CEO...
Tobacco producer, Peter Kok, says that tobacco is a cash crop that can assist diversification and expansion.
It’s expensive to throw away perfectly healthy seedlings. Rather keep them in limbo until you can plant them, says Bill Kerr.
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