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A bittersweet childhood memory turned into seven years of an inspiring and challenging journey.

Lack of land

Human settlement and lack of accountability threaten the availability of land in Kgabalatsane.
It took three deaths before a North West municipality prioritised an ongoing issue. It was solved in a day.

Plough for more

Tractor sales in South Africa recovered well in 2017 after a slump in 2016 due to the widespread drought, but the current political and economic climate could affect sales during...
National farmers’ union, Agri SA, has said that it supports any discussions aimed at reviewing the growing threat posed by armyworm invasions in Southern Africa.
Access to improved beef cattle genetics could positively affect emerging farmers’ beef herds.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, appeared briefly in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court on Monday, facing two charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act of 1956, brought by Civil...
The Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, has asked workers who took part in an industrial action for higher wages and better working conditions to conduct themselves peacefully.
Lockdown restrictions in many countries around the world due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic have resulted in the growing trend of people growing fruit and vegetables at home.
Increasing the productivity of traditional chickens is an easy way of providing food and income for rural families. Dr Ed Wethli spoke to Robyn Joubert about the success of the...
The remote community of Khombaso in Mpumalanga has placed all its hope in developing a cotton industry to lift the town out of poverty and prevent further urbanisation of its...
Imbaza Mussels in Saldanha Bay is one of the country’s largest mussel farms and a successful empowerment project. The farm’s entire production is marketed in SA.
Andy Tladi was 53 when he swapped the life of a business executive for full-time farming – on the land he once ploughed as a small boy. Today, eight years...
Mkululi Pakade, director of East Cape Macadamia, has devised a business model that positions the Eastern Cape’s local communities firmly within the macadamia industry.
As most farmers already have too much to deal with every day, a silage harvesting contractor can ease this burden and save the farmer money. Contractor Justin Nel tells Lloyd...
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...

Adding space (& character)

Dear Jonno, Attached is my two-bedroom unit. Where the entrance is facing south-east there’s more space to extend.

A small but stylish home

Dear Jonno I’m a regular reader of Farmer’s Weekly, and am also intrigued by all the different home styles you devise. I am recently widowed and live in a large farmhouse...
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...
If you’ve got a working oven, why roast in a pot? This splendid collection of techniques and delicious flavours answers this riddle.

A rustic chapel

Paul, a previous client, has requested that the wedding facility he had been thinking of for the last six months go ahead. I suggested to him that browsing through some...
The Fodderbank Grazing Management System allows an entire farm to be grazed annually, but only one third is grazed during the active growing season. Jorrie Jordaan of the Towoomba Research...
A good deal of supportive treatment is required to treat a physical injury, such as a tendon strain and soft tissue damage. Kim Dyson explains how to go about this...
In many parts of the country a shortage of roughage is going to be problematic in the months that lie ahead. Protein and energy supplements should be in place to...
Petana Beefmaster Stud’s success is ascribed to strict adherence to the six principles of Tom Lasater, father of the Beefmaster breed. Annelie Coleman visited the stud in the Wolmaransstad district.
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.

Buying a bull at an auction

Chief technician at the Agricultural Research Council’s Beef Cattle Improvement Scheme, Frans Jordaan, discusses the genetic-based guidelines for ensuring the best purchase at an auction.
I suppose it’s human nature – or is it just greed for people to favour big clients?
Pierre Heydenrych, a fourth generation wheat farmer in the Western Cape, talks about the difficulties of the weather and the low wheat price.
With a looming water crisis and an expanding macadamia industry, the obvious question arises: where will the water for the new orchards come from? A recent groundbreaking study shows that...

Making a point

Recently, I wrote about the necessity of ensuring vegetable transplants have enough nitrogen in the plug or in the plant to stimulate root growth and ensure an early start as...

A fine fynbos business

Fifteen years ago, Jacky Goliath and Elton Jefthas planted 1 000 fynbos plants in Elton’s back garden, establishing De Fynne Nursery. Today, operating on 22ha, De Fynne is a renowned...

Success at Last?

Many role players have for years lamented the lack of commitment by municipalities when it comes to their fresh produce markets.
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