A family business can offer good employment opportunities in a pleasant working environment, but it can come with unique challenges. Understand them and you’ll never regret being a family outsider,...
Extracting bad news from referees can be good news if it saves you from employing an unsuitable candidate.
Never before has it been so tempting to wallow in negativity and pessimism. Beware! It’s an attitude that holds dangers for your business, career, marriage and friendships, says Peter Hughes.

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Restrictions on people’s movements during the various COVID-19-related lockdown stages last year appear not to have helped reduce the number of murders on South Africa’s farms and smallholdings.
The South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has warned motorists to expect a fuel price hike of 41c/litre if the rand and oil prices remain at current levels.
Japanese experts have made a breakthrough in agricultural technology, using polymer film to grow food.
Judith Isele (36) has been named as the Namibian Agricultural Union’s 2015 Young Farmer of the Year.
Agriculture presented an opportunity for business expansion in Africa as a whole David Hodnett, of the Barclays Africa Group, said at the recent Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Connections conference.
An intensive seven day joint operation by KwaZulu-Natal SAPS Stock Theft Units resulted in the recovery of stolen livestock, collectively valued at an estimated R900 000.
Getting communal cattle farming to work has always been difficult, as many farmers refuse to cooperate. But the Vuvha community in Venda has found that sharing resources and managing all...
Gugulethu Zondi,农业研究理事会’s 2016 National Emerging Beef Farmer of the Year, says that farming should be treated like any other business, and that beef farmers should choose...
Due to poor management, many agricultural co-ops across the country are struggling. Zivuseni Agricultural Co-operative outside Nigel in the East Rand is an exception. Thanks to good discipline, the business...
Agriculture is rife with complaints that extension services are poor, with this blamed as a key factor in many failed farmer-development initiatives. However, William Gillepsie and Felicity Mitchell, authors of...
Boplaas Family Vineyards shows that farm size does not really matter if you want to makeit in the wine industry. Owner Carel Nel spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how he...
The dairy industry and various government departments are hoping to join forces to introduce a school milk progamme to improve the health and learning abilities of South Africa's children.
In the past, Christmas lunch in our family was an event of 50 to 60 relatives, friends and neighbours, held on the back lawn of my grandparents’ house under the...
These easy pepperminty vanilla panna cottas are a perfect dessert for your next gathering or holiday party. Your guests will love them.
A quiet evening on the farm was rudely disturbed by the appearance of one of the bushveld’s toughest and most fearless animals, writes Jurie Nel.
You don’t have to live on the beach to enjoy this delicious meal, since the fishy parts come straight out of the supermarket freezer. And to make it even easier,...
The standard Anglo-Saxon has great trouble with garlic. He fears social isolation as the inevitable consequence of even one tiny scrap of this marvellous bulb. If you or your friends...
Dear Paul Thanks for the sketch and photos of your recently-acquired farm and house. From our phone conversation, I gather you want to extend the accommodation and re-roof it with...
Dr Elsje Pieterse of the Department of Animal Sciences at Stellenbosch University offers some advice on good feeding practices.
It will cost a Limpopo cattle farmer about R12,75/kg to produce a weaner, which will be sold for about R12/kg on average.
In the second part of this series, Wim Hofman, cattle specialist for De Heus Animal Nutrition in the Netherlands, continues his discussion on managing pasture for production.
The new Bioboost feeding system makes it possible to produce the equivalent of up to 30ha grazing under irrigation in a small 'container'. This means a farmer can increase productivity...
Contrary to common wisdom, blesbok grazing patches are productive and contribute significantly to their diet. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.
A sarcoid can occur on any horse (or indeed, any equid) and can be troublesome if it grows in vulnerable areas prone to chafing or similar irritation. Kim Dyson explains.
The traditional route for a person entering the market agency business has seen the youngster working alongside an older person, receiving on-the-job training.
Having already addressed bollworms, this week we discuss the control of aphid, cutworm and leaf miner in lettuce crops.
A vegetable farmer in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, who converted to biological crop production, has significantly increased yield, improved quality and reduced input costs. Robyn Joubert reports.
Agriculture has never been considered a ‘sexy’ career choice for young people. So full marks must go to the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) for its initiative, launched a few years...
Cactus pear cladode production is a good enterprise for farmers in semi-arid and arid parts of South Africa. It requires little input costs and is highly sought after as animal...
Regular readers of this column will know that I am strongly opposed to political interference in markets.
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