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Are you ready for 2016?

For a few days at the end of 2015, South Africa’s working class could allow itself to be blinded by fireworks and twinkling Christmas decorations.

Rest in pieces 2O15

At the end of every year, most of us are naturally drawn to reflection. This habit is encouraged by news-carrying media, which often focus on the stories that made headlines...

What is China’s endgame?

South Africa was treated to a taste of Chinese propaganda with President Xi Jinping’s visit earlier this month.

‘Waste not, want not’ is easier said than done

The global population hit the seven billion mark in October 2011, and with it came greater public awareness of food security.

This too shall pass

The Big Bang left the universe in a constant state of change, and the climate here on planet Earth is no exception.

Getting priorities straight

I like to think of myself as being reasonably even-tempered. But, like everyone, there are certain things that get my blood boiling. One of these is cruelty to the helpless...

A drought to test any farmer’s mettle

Who would have thought that the simple act of handling could be so detrimental to an animal’s health?

First get the basics right

The agendas of Afasa and Agri SA’s recent conferences, held a week apart at the same venue in Pretoria, had striking similarities.

Are farmers losing heart?

There was a palpable buzz during the course of last year’s Agri SA congress, something that I felt was missing at this year’s event.

What about our water quality?

In the midst of the recent heat wave and prolonged drought, city folks were reminded of man’s dependence on water.

Global farming concerns

Last month, I spent two days in Milan, Italy, with farmers and journalists from all over the world. The event was part of a New Holland social media initiative and...

Lessons from Europe

The heartbreaking image of the lifeless Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach has got many people looking at immigrants in a new light.


Negative outlook for agri employment, despite good harvests

The positive performance of the agriculture industry in South Africa, as indicated by current economic data, should persist throughout 2020.
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