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How much will you give to save SA?

For the last year or so, I have often thought about what occurred in South Korea in 1997 and 1998 when the country faced economic ruin due to the impact...

The real cost of progress

Over the past couple of decades, we have enjoyed plenty of benefits because of the progress made in farming. More people than ever before are now able to access sufficient...

The writing’s on the (Twitter) wall

If you had hoped to start the year off on a positive note by doing something good for your health and well-being, giving up social media for January might have...

Land reform: speak up now!

Two important pieces of draft legislation that will shape the way that land reform in South Africa will be implemented were published recently, and are currently open for public comment.

The secret to successful farming

We have come to the end of a year, as well as the end of a decade, that seems to have tested South African farmers unlike any other.

Time for government to do as it says

One of the things I find most frustrating about politics is that what politicians say and promise can differ almost completely from what they do and deliver, yet there are...

Drought now a R1,3 billion disaster

The local agriculture sector has emerged over the past two decades as a major asset in what has become an otherwise ailing economy.

Poor governance worsens drought

I’m not a fan of apportioning blame where it isn’t well deserved. However, while the weather is (thankfully) not controlled by government, and we thus can’t blame it for the...

A turning point for tractor use in Africa

The latest tractor sales figures released by the South African Agricultural Machinery Association showed that year-to-date tractor sales were significantly down from last year, with the number of tractors sold...

What to do about farming job losses

All things considered, the farming sector in South Africa has not performed too poorly in terms of job losses since the turn of the century. According to Statistics South Africa,...

Blame ANC for big farmers’ success

There were two highlights at the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa’s (TAU SA) recent annual congress in Pretoria.

SA’s biggest land reform mistake

Perhaps the single biggest mistake South Africa has made with land reform since 1994 has been to entrust a government department with not only the transfer of land, but also...

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