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An epidemic of criminal neglect

I seldom, if ever, agree with a politician, but I’m willing to make an exception when it comes to police minister Nathi Mthethhwa’s recent statement during a visit to Diepsloot that crime in South Africa is as big a monster as apartheid was.

South Africans are quite an unhappy lot – apparently

Oh my word, we South Africans are apparently a sad lot. Even sadder than Zimbabweans.

World class agriculture vs land expropriation

World class agriculture – that is what South Africa’s primary food producers are all about.

Kudos to Grain SA!

Well done Grain SA! Nampo 2012 was a resounding success. For the first time in years I experienced the geniality and warm-heartedness that so distinguished Nampo in the past.

Nkwinti’s men neither willing nor able

Having had quite enough of the constant stream of criticism from fed-up farmers about the various failures of land reform, minister of rural development...

Tina’s antics are unbecoming

Let’s make no mistake – we’ve probably got the most beautiful minister of agriculture in the world. But Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s increasingly unpredictable behaviour is worrying.

Grudging respect for the black- backed jackal.

Skêlm, cunning, clever... that is Canis mesomelas, better known as the black-backed jackal. I know I might be putting my foot in it, but I have a grudging respect for this wily creature.

Get involved in farm security

Why on God’s green earth would anybody want to hurl a petrol bomb into the cabin of 36-year-old Christo van Rensburg’s bakkie? What could have been the motive behind such an abhorrent action?

The danger of flash trading

Heard of ‘flash trading’? No? Neither have I and the majority of grain producers in the country. Well, Boeta, this is mind-boggling technology that might very well affect you on your farm without you even knowing it.

Man among men

“He who sees the invisible will achieve the impossible,” said Helen Keller, and coming from that great man Brand Pretorius it’s not just another nice quotation one remembers for a while and then forgets about it.

Give credit where credit is due

Our commercial farmers must get credit for the good that they do in their local communities.

An apology to Ian Player

My heart bleeds for Ian Player, that grand old man of nature conservation in South Africa. Oom Ian, I’m so sorry for what they’re doing to the rhinos you and your band of brave men worked so hard for.

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