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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

The SA Poultry Association has urged a ‘partnership approach’ with government to save failing farms…
Big ones, pretty ones, fat ones and ugly ones. No pumpkins were discriminated against for the annual Goliat van Gat giant pumpkin growing competition. The only criterion for a prize...
Emotions ran high on day one of Grain SA’s annual congress at Nampo Park, Bothaville, Wednesday, as members reacted to a motion dealing with expropriation without compensation (EWC).

World Rabies Week

The Directorate Animal Health, in collaboration with various other directorates within the department of agriculture, as well as provincial veterinary services, will dedicate 23 September to 29 September to World...
Genetic mutations of cotton bollworm have been discovered in China following years of exposure to biotechnology.
The Marketing of Agricultural Products Amendment Bill 2013 has been approved for public comment by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).
Gugu Mlipha is the SA Agricultural Writers’ New Entrant to Commercial Farming for 2015. She farms vegetables on 6ha in Walkerville, Gauteng, and also runs a vegetable processing business. She...
An informal trader is described in Western Cape government legislation as “any person who carries on a business as a street vendor or hawker, including an employee of such a...
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...
While farmers in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg district initially started Witzenberg PALS to boost black farm ownership in the region, the company is now also involved in transformation in other...
At the recent mohair producers' conference held in Port Elizabeth in early June, the buying houses, for once, were not the hot topic of debate. Gordon Wright was there and...
Stephan Fourie of Potato Pride near Frankfort in the Free State sees his workforce and surrounding community as a responsibility not to be taken lightly. He explains his approach to...
Jonno designs a holiday cabin with a rustic look.

Living it up outside

I had a call from Herbert, one of my private village developers in the foothills of the Waterberg in Limpopo...
Frankly, the last thing a fatty like myself should be doing is baking little coconut meringue tarts. But there comes a time in the affairs of beginner cooks when the...
To many, a curry is a good old Anglo-Saxon stew destroyed by some stale yellow powder out of a cardboard box. This opinion could not be more misinformed: Indian-influenced cuisine...
So, you’ve bought a pork fillet. Should you haul out the trusty wok and go for the old sweet-and-sour pork standby? No, my fellow kitchen mechanics, it’s time for something...

Prince Igor beef fillet

Ever since the first man stuck a lump of meat on a stick and held it over a fire, roasting has been a mainline tradition. With a history this long,...
On 1 May, 72 outstanding racing pigeons owned by Corrie Naudé & Son were auctioned at the Alberton Homing Society, east of Johannesburg. Thomas Smit reports.
In many parts of the country a shortage of roughage is going to be problematic in the months that lie ahead. Protein and energy supplements should be in place to...

Summer + horses = flies

Summer brings flies and diseases to your stables. Kim Dyson gives some advice on how to protect your horse against the other critters and ailments the warm weather brings.

Jumping high!

There are several ways of overcoming your fear of jumping, says Kim Dyson. And the feeling of being out of control and of being lifted off the ground could become...

Beware of bute!

The painkiller horse owners like so much is really quite toxic, warns Dr Mac.
In 1989, Willie du Plessis (68) established the Vaaldu Braunvieh Stud herd on the farm Honesty between Warrenton and Christiana, in the North West. He’s now regarded as one of...
With citrus orchards that extend for more than 60km along the Eastern Cape’s Sundays River Valley, Sitrusrand is one of the largest producers in the area, and exports to many...
If you want lands free of weeds, herbicides must be used properly. The first principle is timing.

Still too high!

Wastage of fresh fruit and vegetables is a costly part of the business. When the products you’re handling are highly perishable, then the best efforts to preserve them can only...
When planting any pumpkin, marrow, gem or other Cucurbitaceae, it’s important to get the spacing right. Get it wrong, and you could lose 50% or more of your yield.
At the first annual conference of Conservation Agriculture in the Western Cape, low soil disturbance, mulching lands and crop rotation were recurring themes. Marius Swart was there.
The survival mechanisms that enabled the ancestors of modern crops to survive in the wild will influence the efficacy of the fertiliser we apply to these crops today.

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