A bittersweet childhood memory turned into seven years of an inspiring and challenging journey.
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.

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Clover posted a positive set of financial results, which saw revenue up 10,4% to R4,32 billion and operating profit up 70% to R235,1million for the six months to 31 December...
The much debated topic of genetically modified (GM) crops is the subject of discussion at the Food Integrity and Traceability Conference (ASSET 2014) at the Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland today.
Producers have a responsibility to reverse past mistakes made in agriculture, according to Grain SA conservation agriculture (CA) facilitator, Dr Hendrik Smith.
More than 35 000 jobs are on the line in the Western Cape’s agricultural sector, with losses expected to run into the billions, as a result of water allocations being...
The Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) programme has allocated land to farm workers in Bathurst in the Eastern Cape and Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape.
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in partnership with the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform...
Received wisdom says that for a fresh produce market to be successful, it must be located where the buyers are and not where the producers are. But a new market...
A lack of experience prevents many qualified young people from finding their first jobs in agriculture. Recruitment specialist Marianne van der Laarse explained the situation to Glenneis Kriel and called...
Cape Aloes (Aloe ferox) in the Eastern Cape have provided the Xhosa people with medicinal and cosmetic necessities for hundreds of years. Recently their value has been recognised in helping...
Hard work, dedication and showing a lively interest in agriculture have propelled Iris Mashaba and Dineo Mokhabuki from being temporary farmworkers to holding managerial positions at major agribusinesses near Mbombela...
In the final part of this series, Peter Hittersay offers advice on how to drive and operate a tractor safely, as well as keep it clean and in good condition.
Even if succession seems straightforward, as when passing on operations to a single heir, several steps are needed to facilitate the transfer of the farm from one generation to the...
Most unusually for this kitchen, which believes in skin-on, bone-in chicken portions, a pack of deboned, skinned chicken breasts lay on the counter, en route to becoming a stir-fry. Close...
Mark and Estelle bought a private development in Port Edward, and with the help of Jonno, require a three-bedroom home facing the ocean.
Here’s the king, or even the queen, of mango pickle recipes. There is no better way to add a powerful new dimension to the curry of your dreams…
A classic - with a delicious mushroomy twist.
This began as ‘nursery food’ designed to motivate picky eaters. Today, it is a non-age-specific staple in our family, giving new life to potatoes and their poor relations, sweet potatoes.
Dear Jonno Your environmentally friendly designs have made me a loyal Farmer’s Weekly reader. I need you to help me design a lovely house – the Cape Dutch design common...
Mike Ramagofu says small-scale farmers need the right breed for their specific conditions. He believes a breed can make or break an enterprise, especially in the case of communal farming....
Thanks to their innate quality and sound training, the pigeons were more than up to the challenge of the final.
An increasing number of well-heeled fanciers will stop at nothing to push their pigeons to the limit - even, it is alleged, using tough races to kill off weaker birds....
A recent report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations shows that the global dairy industry is already part of the solution to address climate change....
The online trading platform, Trigga Trader, is disrupting the way in which pork is sold by enabling farmers to sell their produce to the highest bidder. Walter Frey, the founder...
If we want our dairy cows to produce more and better milk, we need to understand how they synthesise milk in the first place.
Late blight (Phytophthora infestans) is a fungus in a hurry, and may already have done much damage if you’re not awake and watching out for the conditions which favour it.
Those who believe that market agents are no longer relevant remind us that more than 50 years ago, when supermarkets started buying directly from farmers, markets and market agents did nothing...
At the recent Potatoes SA Marketing Seminar held in Pretoria, Africa came under the spotlight.
Many vegetable crops fail due to a lack of nitrogen. Side dressing is a safe way of ensuring that plants get enough of this element, says Bill Kerr.
Gilly Scheepers is the unassuming 2012 Grain SA and Syngenta Grain Producer of the Year. Flourishing in rugged terrain across three districts, he attributes his success to hard work and...
When I mention seedlings in my articles, you may take it for granted that I’m referring to professionally grown seedlings in cavity seedling trays. The reason is that it is...
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