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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

A public consultation recently held in Durban on the proposed Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill clearly highlighted the different views of several groups on the issue. Lloyd Phillips reports.
South Africa’s economy is not growing fast enough to stem the growing tide of unemployment. The ‘new normal’ for the country is 2,5% to 3,5% of GDP growth per year.
Based in Riebeek Kasteel, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines (formerly Mullineux Family Wines), was started in 2007 by husband-and-wife winemaking duo, Andrea and Chris Mullineux, together with business partners Keith...
Government claims to be acting in the interests of the rural poor to redress “a great historical wrong”, but land reform of the kind that it proposes is “essentially a...
Commercial Zimbabwean farmers have launched the SADC Tribunal Rights Watch to seek compensation for the loss of their farms and livelihoods, and to stop farm seizures. This was according to...
The weaker rand and higher international milk prices have resulted in increased milk exports.
Despite its pastoral traditions of extensive cattle farming, profitable agriculture in the former homelands is today often the result of intensification. In the Keiskamma area of the former Ciskei for...
The farm Lushof in the Koue Bokkeveld produces stone and pome fruit on 220ha.The operation has managed to reduce its annual electricity bill by about 20%, with the help of...
A group of subsistence farmers in a remote coastal area of Eastern Cape is turning to lemon grass and essential oil production – and finding a ready market. Robyn Joubert...
The ANC’s attempt to justify and even, it seems, encourage dodgy dealings is an affront to Africans.
You Reap What You Sow is a successful agricultural co-operative located in the Mohlakeng township, west of Johannesburg. Launched in 2011, the initiative is 90% black-women owned and employs 12...
Sound management and investing in human resources has brought Gilbert Phalafala swift success.
While chilli con carne remains this kitchen mechanic’s favourite US approach to minced meat, meatloaf comes a very close second. Here’s a simplified, classic, carnivorous recipe for beginners.
Pippa's son is moving into her main house. She wants Jonno to help her design a double storey cottage with solar heating on her farm.

A stylish retirement home

Dear John and Sue Thank you for the feedback on your retirement home. You said previously that you required the dimensions of the home to be on a 10m x 14m footprint....
A good friend and former colleague has been converted to veganism. Vegans eat no animal- based foods, including milk and eggs. This is what I prepared when he and his...

Beef Stew

Stews are perfect for a chilly winter's evening. Here's a recipe for a delicious hearty beef stew.
To live forever and retain your faculties, including the strength to repeat your high school shot-put record, follow a Mediterranean diet. So say the scientists. Here’s a culturally mixed way...
There are important issues to consider before taking on the breeding of tilapia.
The first section of the 2010 South African Prestige Invitational Pigeon Race has been completed and many fortunate pigeon fanciers have succeeded in impressing their wives - and their bank...
In mid-winter, fodder is always short and we need to know if horses can safely eat what’s available and affordable. Dr Mac provides some answers.

Profiting from a feedlot

Mvalo Msiza has value-added in steps – building a beef herd, establishing two butcheries, and starting and expanding a feedlot. He spoke to Peter Mashala.
Second-generation Argentinian farmer Ricardo Mendizabal runs 4 100 cattle in the Entre Ríos province of Argentina and owns a cattle transport and cattle auction business. Anneli Groenewald spoke to him...
Wool production cannot be achieved without flock security. Farmer BP Greyling has successfully targeted crime and predators in Wakkerstroom to keep his farming running smoothly. Lindi van Rooyen reports.
Since the introduction of industrial agricultural practices in South African sugar cane production, soil compaction has led to a steady decrease in average yield and profitability. Dr Rianto van Antwerpen, a...
Fruit farmers in the Ceres Valley will have to manage their water strategically this season, as parts of the region received less than half the annual rainfall. Louis Reynolds of...
Situated along 2 100km of the continent’s east coast, Australia’s 385 000ha sugar industry was producing a whopping 32 million tons of irrigated sugarcane in 2008. This was processed to...
Winners of the Agricultural Writers of South Africa’s Farmer of the Year award for 2012, the Retiefs from Van Loveren in Robertson believe in value for money and doing things...
Clubroot is an extremely serious disease; if it gets into your lands, it can destroy the entire crop.
The Joubert family, who farm grain and livestock on the Cape south coast near Riversdale, produce their award-winning wine in an area not normally associated with viticulture.

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