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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

If the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) doesn’t speed up the land reform process it could take another 50 years or more to reach the target of...
The decline in rhino numbers is a direct result of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species’ (Cites) ban on rhino horn trade, according to Dr Herman Els, manager...
Practicing vets in South Africa have welcomed the proposals in the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Amendment Bill, which seeks to amend the Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act of 1982.
Transport and logistics stakeholders have bemoaned the new road regulations which came into effect on January 31, saying they would affect the “smooth running” of logistics in the country.
Irresponsible hunters were bringing more than 200 000 ethical consumer hunters in South Africa into disrepute, and the newly formed Fair Chase Guild will attempt to change this situation.
The continuing producer confidence in the future of quality wool was likely to further stimulate investment in wool sheep farming during 2015, according to Louis de Beer, CEO of Cape...
Frans Malela from Limpopo gave up his city job to farm full time. With no government help, he became an award-winning farmer, growing maize then cotton on leased land. Today,...
Elize van Greunen supplies quails and pickled quail eggs to a niche market.
Buyambo Mantashe is hip, urban and a 24-year-old Joburger-turned-farmer. Orrock Robertsen caught up with him on his family farm in the Eastern Cape to get his views on land reform...
Sarah Allan decided to install renewable energy systems for her farm three years ago, but this turned out to be far more complex than first anticipated. She shares her hard-earned...
After having built up a successful fruit trading enterprise, Joseph Hendricks began farming apples and pears on land that was in desperate need of attention. Today his farming company, Kaapschön,...
Community non-profit organisation, Letsha la Eleroi, farms on a small scale to provide fresh vegetables to the sick and the elderly. Project chairperson Beauty Tsokunyane tells Peter Mashala how the...
Here's a design of a three-bedroom, double-storey contemporary home situated in a rural area.
Recently, two game farm owners – from Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively – asked me to design two-bedroom, self-catering accommodation units for hunters and off-season visitors to their farms.
A beef short rib is a praise song to fat. Yesterday, fat was bad for you. Today, it’s sort of OK. Tomorrow, who knows? If you worry about fat, it’s...
Gill, Adele and Dick gave me a call to see the proposed development site on their 5000ha game farm near Vryburg.
I received a request from Andrew in the Swartberg, KwaZulu-Natal, for a fisherman’s lodge that he and his father had conceptualised.

Au naturel or not?

Inspired by the sunbirds in her garden, Jo Hedges ponders the impact of indigenous vegetation and which plants are the best for the garden
There are not too many successful commercial aquaculture enterprises in Southern Africa, but these two are worth mentioning.
Implementing an integrated fly control programme can prevent overwintering fly populations from exploding in spring and help to improve udder health and reduce somatic cell counts. Robyn Joubert reports.
Thomas Smit begins his coverage of this legendary event with the fanciers who each won $16 000 (about R250 000) to spend on a brand-new car of his or her...
Breeding and associated genetic technologies can make a difference to the bottom line in beef cattle herds, says Japie van der Westhuizen of SA Stud Book.
With a sport horse, the performance of the animal is critical to its success and to this end, it's essential to make sure the saddle is chosen carefully, says Dr...
It’s been a long journey since Bryan Marshall’s first pigeon races in 1967, writes Thomas Smit.
Good carrot seed is expensive and it’s therefore important to provide optimal conditions for germination.
I suppose it’s human nature – or is it just greed for people to favour big clients?

Still too high!

Wastage of fresh fruit and vegetables is a costly part of the business. When the products you’re handling are highly perishable, then the best efforts to preserve them can only...
Some 16 years ago, Johannes Joubert introduced canola to his crop rotation system on the family farm Kweekkraal. This not only contributed to the health of his soil, but led...
The beautiful city of Verona, situated in the northern part of Italy, plays host to the country’s largest and most important wine expo, Vinitaly. The annual event attracts almost 150...
Lufuno Managa, a young farmer from Limpopo, found that big dreams don’t only come true in big cities. He left Pretoria to return home where he is now growing tomatoes...

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