Extracting bad news from referees can be good news if it saves you from employing an unsuitable candidate.
Never before has it been so tempting to wallow in negativity and pessimism. Beware! It’s an attitude that holds dangers for your business, career, marriage and friendships, says Peter Hughes.
It is easy to become dispirited, risk-averse or moribund after failure. The real winners in life, whether they are individuals, teams or businesses, are those that choose to press on...

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While digital auctions are not new to the industry, the recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease and subsequent ban on ‘open-cry’ auctions, forced role players to search for alternative solutions to...
The past two years were likely to be remembered as some of the most challenging times for South Africa’s potato production industry.
A new approach to land restitution and emerging farmer support is needed in South Africa.
Widespread outbreaks of charcoal rot (Macrophomina phaseolina) in maize have been reported in the Free State, in Wesselsbron, Hoopstad, Viljoenskroon and Bultfontein, according to Pannar’s agronomist in the region, AK...
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) was reportedly on a drive to eventually have conservation agriculture (CA) implemented as mainstream practice at all scales of SA crop farming.
TAU SA is offering a R100 000 reward to anybody who can prove that any commercial farmer or member of TAU SA have gained ownership of land in a way...
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...
Having suffered several setbacks in their efforts to make their agribusiness profitable, a group of hard-working land reform beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal at last got the help they needed from an...
Eswatini Kitchen Honey is re-invigorating Swaziland’s honey industry through the promotion of bee-keeping as an income stream for poor communities. Robyn Joubert reports.
Land claims on the world heritage site, Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (GSLWP) in northern Zululand, are being settled quickly and amicably between affected parties.
In order to boost sales, it’s important to know your customers and what they expect.
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...
The invention of pasta is almost as important as the discovery of bread. And the genius of both is their ability to trigger so many different flavour combinations.
Soft-centred with a crisp edge, these lemon zest accented biscuits don’t hang around long enough to get stale. Not only quick to bake, they also add their own special magic...
It was almost midnight. The big crowned eagle was restless and her weight on my heavily gloved left arm was becoming a burden.
Jurie Nel hunter, amateur ballistician and keen hand loader provides insight on energy transfer, penetration, deformation and the wound channel.
A client in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, recently asked me for additions to an existing 6m-diameter thatched bedsit to accommodate a new farm manager and his family.
Dear Jonno My husband and I have recently acquired a plot in a rural area of the Western Cape west coast. The area, however, has a natural water source and...
Herbs can help deal with a variety of coughs, says Kim Dyson.
There are several key factors to consider before deciding to farm pigs, whether intensively or free range, says Shane Brody.
Seeing your horse hobbling around on three legs can be distressing, but your best friend can be helped, says Kim Dyson.
As a small but significant addition to an intensive operation, Thorntree Farm’s free-range eggs are quietly making a name in this niche market. Ryan Stegmann spoke to Chris Nel.
Inaccurate feeding practices and poorly formulated diets in dairy herds can lead to subacute rumen acidosis, and result in decreased milk yields, higher than normal cull rates and profit losses...
The skin is your horse’s largest organ, so its important to keep its coat as clean as possible, says Kim Dyson.
A bureaucracy is a “system of administration distinguished by its clear hierarchy of authority; rigid division of labour; written and inflexible rules and regulations; and impersonal relationships.
When the soil contains sufficient organic material, farming becomes far easier and less risky. In contrast, in a chemically based system, the interaction between the minerals becomes critical and complex,...
The African bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera) has many host crops. The caterpillar, which is spiny when young, has a light stripe on the sides and usually turns green to match the...
Viking Farming near East London in the Eastern Cape is a small but intensive vegetable operation that supplies supermarkets and processors across the Eastern Cape and even the Western Cape....
Act 12 of 1992, which regulates market agents, places strong emphasis on what a market agent may and may not do with a producer’s money.
Fertilising vegetables is not like baking a cake, where we get a consistent result as long as we follow the recipe. With vegetables, we have to deal with different soils...
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