Rural insight

Rural insight

Agricultural insights from Argentina

Judging by participants’ comments, the second Farmer’s Weekly tour to Argentina was as successful as last year’s. The South Africans and Zimbabweans who accompanied FW journalist Lloyd Phillips learned much...

Growing greens in the city

For much of the South African population, destitution and undernourishment are everyday realities. In Johannesburg, a project has been established to curb food insecurity through community agricultural centres across the...

One hundred years in the Karoo

William Rogers immigrated to the Eastern Cape a century ago, bought Hathersage farm in 1926, and began farming Merinos. Today the farm belongs to Richard – William’s grandson – and...

Murder in the Mountains

Barkly East is better known for its breathtaking highland beauty than its farm attacks. But two recent incidents have sent shockwaves through the community. Mike Burgess assesses the impact the...

Contributing to the Nooitgedachter legacy

The Nooitgedachter, SA’s first ‘indigenous’ horse breed, was developed by the department of agriculture at the Nooitgedacht Research Station near Ermelo. Mike Burgess visited Braam Olivier’s farm for a closer...
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Eastern Cape cop cracks whip on stock theft

Since 2000, warrant officer Duma Maseyimani from the SA Police Service’s Aliwal North stock theft unit in the Eastern Cape has made over 300 arrests and helped secure more than...

Kolie Paulse’s labour of love

Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year for 2013, Kolie Paulse, has an unwavering commitment and passion for his work. This has seen him advance from a general labourer to...

Communal farming under threat

The Kukung family has farmed on communal land in Kgabalatsane village for more than six decades. Patrick and Benny Kukung explain to Peter Mashala how the village’s communal farming system...

An American perspective of SA

Peering over the fence to see how the farmer next door is doing is a temptation few can resist. Recently a group of 16 American farmers visited South Africa. Lindi...

Land reform dilemma

CEO of the Rhys Evans Group (Grain SA’s 2013 Grain Producer of the Year), Anthony Evans, says land reform is the industry’s main problem.

The Anglo-Boer War’s Basutoland refugees

It is a little known fact that Orange Free State Boer families were once offered refuge during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) in Lesotho, then Basutoland. The resentment of Boer fighters,...

Markets for land reform beneficiaries

Too many once-successful farms now lie fallow, so it’s a breath of fresh air to hear of an initiative that seeks to prevent this from happening, says Lloyd Phillips.

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New protest action planned to draw attention to rural crime

Members of the Northern Cape agriculture sector and the wider community took part in a second protest this week in Hartswater, coordinated by Agri Northern Cape following the murder of...
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