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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Two recent court rulings on commonages have outlined the rights of those using the areas, as well as the responsibilities of official custodians.
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana has invited public comment on the new draft Game Meat Regulations, set out in terms of section 12 of the Meat...
The newly appointed special master responsible for facilitating the smooth handling of labour tenancy claims will have the authority of the Land Claims Court and other legal entities behind him.
The Africa Big Seven (AB7) conference at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 21 to 23 June will see major foreign agricultural producers exhibiting this year.
No further energy hikes are on the cards for the next two years, according to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa).
Despite having lost its foot-and-mouth disease (FMD)-free status in January 2019, South African authorities have negotiated the resumption of trade in livestock products between the country and a number of...
When Tomahawk Farm was sold in a land claim, the owners faced a crossroads: up and leave, or stay and help. With the future success of the farm and the...
Standard Insurance Limited will reduce its insurance premiums to small and agriculture clients by 30% over the next three months.
Ten developing Free State maize farmers are achieving success, thanks to the help of a dedicated mentor and the support of agricultural companies. Susan Botes-Marais reports on the VKB-GFADA Maize...
Mike Cordes reviews the role of packaging in the fresh produce sector, and more specifically, its importance at consumer level.
The Association for Agritourism in South Africa unites farmers and potential tourists on its website.
Cape Town-based entrepreneur Wynand Odendaal says spekboom is ready to take the carbon market by storm – and earn some farmers big money. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.
It comes as a surprise that beer is a cooking medium. We all know about wine, even sherry. But a lager – how can this be true? Read on, dear...
For the mid-20th century connoisseur, the ideal of fine dining consisted of a prawn cocktail, followed by Tournedos Chasseur, finished off by an Irish coffee. Here’s that very same culinary...
There’s a mysterious colonel down our street who sells this by the bucketful. Given the complexity of the Deep South of the US, there are many variations of this much-loved...
 Dear Jonno All the proposed additions to the communal lodges that you designed for us have been approved by the local authority and we’ll start building shortly. As you know,...
A call came in from a previous client in the Eastern Cape involved in the complete redevelopment of church facilities. They require a new church that would accommodate up to...
My family and I are considering building a home on a piece of land and would like some assistance with a basic sketch and dimensions, so we can get a...
Cattle consultant Erwin Church is one of South Africa’s greatest stockmen. In this interview with Heather Dugmore, he shares some of his knowledge gained from a lifetime of working with...
Red Barn free-range chicken and egg farm started from necessity but grew into a passion. In addition to eggs and whole chickens, it also produces speciality products.
An abscess is an accumulation of pus under the skin or in the tissues, and can also be found in the hooves. Dr Mac offers some tips on spotting and...
The only insurance against drought is a sound, scientifically based grazing management programme, coupled with a reasonable stocking rate even in times of plenty. So says Dr Mias van der...
The theory of ‘eye-sign’ is a subject of much controversy in the pigeon racing fraternity.
Multi-award-winning Limousin stud breeder John Devonport says that a simple and practical approach makes business sense when breeding top cattle.
In 2007 Farmer's Weekly reported on the success of father and son Dirk and Frik van Sittert's no-till practices. Peter Hittersay looks at the continuing no-till success Frik has enjoyed...
While many farmers have had their fingers burnt in the production of honeybush, the crop can be highly lucrative, and Quinton Nortjé of Melmont Honeybush Tea can attest to this....
Act 12 of 1992, which regulates market agents, places strong emphasis on what a market agent may and may not do with a producer’s money.
An integrated approach to controlling cyst eelworm usually produces the best results, but using a trap crop is perhaps the single most important method.
Here are some guidelines for growing vegetables under drought conditions.
I paid an early morning visit to the Joburg Market recently. It was an icy Tuesday, and the place was hectic.
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