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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

Unseasonal rain has helped to prevent a run-away fire in the Western Cape’s Hemel-en-Aarde Valley from doing damage to farms. The fire started on Wednesday afternoon (January 16) near Hawston.
Long-serving ANC MP Salam Abram recently announced that he had quit the party.
Biltong hunters are undertaking fewer trips and hunting less game, yet spending more doing so, according to the National Profile and Economic Impact of Biltong Hunters in South Africa 2015...
According to the latest statistics, stock theft across the country declined with 1%, while the Western Cape saw a 3,6% increase.
The agriculture sector can make a significant contribution to energy savings in the private sector by increasing energy use efficiency in primary and secondary production processes.
Representatives of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are due to revisit SA this month to assess the progress on managing animal health issues here.
To most people Gauteng would not bring to mind the image of lush crop fields or technologically advanced agriculture. Yet the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment (GDACE) has...
Fresh produce branding is gaining momentum as farmers seek to ensure a market for their fruit in an industry where supply is dramatically increasing. The success of the ClemenGold mandarin...
Thirty-five-year-old, Nono Sekhoto, joined her father’s farming operation, Makolobane Farmers Enterprises near Senekal, in 2011. Realising the importance of being part of a network, she joined the African Farmers’ Association...
With renewable energy becoming necessary, could wood gasification present a viable alternative?
Jatropha is a hardy, high oil content crop with serious potential for biodiesel production in South Africa. But as it is classified as a noxious weed, large-scale cultivation has also...
A new, environmentally sensitive fire management system is being introduced in the KNP. Peter Mashala spoke to Nick Zambatis, manager of biodiversity, and Danie Pienaar, head of scientific services, about...
I designed this layout for a retirement unit, following a call from the developer of a retirement complex on the outskirts of Estcourt in KwaZulu-Natal.
Just when I thought there was nothing new to learn about cooking chicken, along came a totally unexpected roasting method. Not only that, but I received this recipe from a...
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...
Call it what you will, this meatball veld fire with its powerful Indian flavours will bring tears of homesickness to the eyes of KZN citizens exiled elsewhere in this great...
Mauritius, Ile de Maurice… the mere name conjures up images of never-ending white beaches and sapphire blue waters. Annelie Coleman visited the island earlier this year – and found it...

Building with wood

Jonno designs a wooden ranch house for a farm family.
Want cost-effective heating for your aquaculture system? Nothing beats greenhouse tunnels.
The severity of African horse sickness (AHS) is strongly linked to the immunity status of the horse concerned, and the dose of the virus it receives from biting midges.
The dual-purpose Pelham bit is used for showing, eventing and jumping and is highly effective for controlling children’s ponies, says Dr Mac.
Although not commonly practised in South African dairy farming, grass silage production is likely to take off as dairy enterprises expand. Wim Hofman, cattle specialist at De Heus Animal Nutrition...
The theory of ‘eye-sign’ is a subject of much controversy in the pigeon racing fraternity.
Chianina cattle are in a class of their own with high value for beef farmers. Chris Nel went to Italy with breeder Christiaan de Jager to learn more about these...
Ralph Swart, who has lived in Elim, Western Cape, all his life, began farming in 1975 with roughly 2ha for planting, one cow and 10 sheep. Today he farms on...
We look at using pine needles, leaves, lawn clippings, straw, compost and straw manure as mulch.
According to a 7 November Farmer’s Weekly news item, we throw away roughly one-third of all the food produced on the planet – about three billion tons – annually.
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.
How many farmers load up their truck with fresh produce, dispatch it to the market, and say to themselves: “I’ll leave it up to the agent now. It’s his job...
Allée Bleue started growing and selling herbs on a small-scale in 2000, but driven by high consumer demand the estate is flourishing.

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