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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

AfriForum has challenged the minister of water affairs, Edna Molewa, to appoint a Blue Scorpion task team to assist it in its criminal case in which the Madibeng Municipality is...
Nandos has initiated a new procurement programme to source its global requirements of African Bird’s Eye (ABE) chilli also known as ‘peri-peri’ from small farmers in various countries in Southern...
The prestigious Royal Show Carcass Auction (RSCA) now holds the South African price records for beef, pork and lamb carcasses. This follows the recent annual auction held at the 2016...
The red meat industry expressed its appreciation for the R220 million the department of agriculture announced for emergency aid, but said an independent study showed that KwaZulu-Natal alone needed R740...
Speaking in fluent Afrikaans, billionaire mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe, said in his address at the recent Agri SA annual congress in Pretoria, that he was confident that when South Africans...
Agri Eastern Cape has expressed disappointment about President Jacob Zuma’s 2016 State of the Nation Address (SONA).
'You're either in, or you're out!' Glenneis Erasmus reports on the Hex River Valley farmers and ­farmworkers who are 'in' and making transformation work.
With local demand for tree nuts increasing, De Wet van Rooyen and Hannes Jansen of Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts – one of the largest suppliers of nuts in South...
If nothing is done to increase water availability in the Vaal River water supply system - including clamping down on illegal water use by irrigation farmers - it will be...
Johan Tijssen, owner of Dicla Farm and Seed and a first-generation South African of Dutch descent, demonstrates how it’s possible to generate a multi-million rand annual turnover from just 260ha.
Your farming business is in a one-way financial cul de sac. What remedies do you have at your disposal to solve the problem? Johan Botha, an attorney specialising in insolvencies,...
As new entrants to South Africa’s feedlot industry, entrepreneurial husband-and-wife team, Mochele and Rosemary Noge of Emfuleni Voerkrale, soon found that the key to success in this highly competitive business...

Mussels in beer

Raw mussels, straight off the rocks, were a staple of the strandlopers, indigenous South Africans from long ago. For those of us far from the strand, the nation’s supermarkets provide...

A home by the lake

Dear Jonno I have been reading and looking at your sketches in Farmer’s Weekly for years. I recently saw a home on the cover of a magazine (I have attached the...

Quick Pasta

The copyright on this recipe is held by ten million Italian grandmothers. In other words, this is a classic, but for all that, a classic well within the reach of...

Building units to let

Some time ago, Michael from the Midlands Meander in KwaZulu-Natal between Mooi River and Howick, bought a vacant plot and requested that I design a residential home to be constructed...
Jonno Smith assists Louis and Michele with renovations to their old farm house.

A getaway cottage

Mr and Mrs Thompson from Johannesburg asked me to design a ‘permanent get-away’ for them on a site they had bought in an established wildlife development near the Kruger National...
Dohne Merino sheep are improving wool production profits in Chile, with a reduction in fibre diameter already evident. Dohne Merino consultant Cameron McMaster reports.
Stefan Erasmus, the 2017 Toyota/AgriSA Eastern Cape Young Farmer, has boosted his Merino weaning rate more than 30% by lambing in a closed system. Mike Burgess visited him near Middelburg...
When stocking game in the Little Karoo, farmers must be aware of the fragility of this veld. Careful monitoring of veld, starting with the right species, as well as the...
At the 2016 National Dormer Sale in Bloemfontein, a Welpic Dormer ram achieved the second-best price of R51 000. Mike Burgess visited JP Potgieter (26) to see how and why...

Poisonous plants

Horses generally avoid toxic plants, but owners need to know how to identify them in order to avoid serious mishaps, writes Kim Dyson.
It’s great when your horse’s coat shines, but then you come across a bump, and your heart sinks.
After the success of the Winterveld Citrus Project, Winterveld United Farmers’ Association’s first project, its members decided to diversify and supplement their income. Philip Kgosana explains to Peter Mashala why...
A KZN vegetable co-op has given its disabled members a sense of purpose, while making a valuable contribution to the nutritional needs of their families.
For small-scale mushroom farmers in South Africa, production can be a challenge. But Wilmaré Lotz of Boland Mushrooms succeeded in doubling production in her first year as manager. Specialising in...
Many VEGETABLE FARMERS ask what fertiliser to use when planting cabbages. The question assumes each crop has a specific requirement, regardless of what's already in the soil.
Peter Da Rocha farms cauliflower, broccoli and lettuce near Delmas in Mpumalanga. The operation's focus on cultivar selection for better production efficiency has had a significant impact on the business’s...
Imported, inferior-quality chicory has severly hurt local production. Almost half South Africa's producers left the industry in the last few years, causing a huge drop in production. But Chicory SA's...

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