Celebrating 106 years on the land

Today we celebrate Farmer’s Weekly’s 106th birthday. This is not only a celebration of 106 years of publishing, but of over a century of commercial farming in Southern Africa.

Celebrating 106 years on the land
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Today we celebrate Farmer’s Weekly’s 106th birthday. This is not only a celebration of 106 years of publishing, but of over a century of commercial farming in Southern Africa.

Agriculture, perhaps more than any other industry, reflects the story of South Africa over the last 100 years: how the country has developed, the hardships that people have faced, the challenges that have been overcome, and the shifts in political power that have taken place.

As I take time to page through some of the past issues of Farmer’s Weekly, the one thought I am left with is: ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’.

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While the context in which farmers have to operate may change, the fundamental challenges will always remain the same.

Another thing that will never change is Farmer’s Weekly’s essential reason for being: to serve the agricultural sector in South Africa.

As our farmers here in South Africa expand their operations into the rest of Africa, so will Farmer’s Weekly, to ensure that wherever our readers go, we’ll be there to provide them with crucial information they can trust.

Farmer’s Weekly will continue to respond to the changing needs of our readers and partners as we document and support the never-ending journey of farming in Africa.

Here’s to the next 106 years of farming in South Africa and on the continent– and to the farmers who never fail to inspire us!

Denene Erasmus

Editor, Farmer’s Weekly

Denene hails from a sugar cane farm in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, but after school she relocated to the Cape Winelands to study, for many years, at the University of Stellenbosch. She worked as a journalist for Farmer’s Weekly since 2009 and in 2015 moved to Johannesburg as Deputy editor for the magazine. In 2016 she was appointed editor. Chances are the magazine won’t get rid of her soon, because the job allows her to write about two of her greatest passions – wine and politics. When she is not sitting behind her desk writing, riding around in bakkies with farmers, attending meetings in parliament or tasting new wines, you’ll most likely find her on the beach or in the kitchen trying out exotic recipes.