Boer van die Maand

Die Boer van die Maand reeks fokus op gewone mense, hul boerderyondernemings, lewenstyle en die unieke uitdagings waarmee hulle te make het. Hierdie maand wil ons hulde bring aan al die boere en hul werknemers. Boere is gewoond aan ongunstige eksterne faktore wat risiko’s inhou en die voortbestaan van hul ondernemings bedreig. Klimaatsverandering, plae en…

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From subsistence to a smallholder farming

Growing up in an agricultural setting along with years of service accumulated in a corporate finance environment are two of the biggest contributors that influenced Tshepo Kgopa’s transition from a subsistence to a smallholder farming business, according to the P and T Agricultural Projects (trading as TK and Family Livestock) founder. After building a career…

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Farmer of the Month Trevor Strydom

Our Farmer of the Month is Trevor Strydom of Audacia Wines. Audacia is a 23-hectare wine farm situated between Stellenbosch and Somerset West in South Africa’s prime vine growing and winemaking region – Stellenbosch. It is part of the country’s oldest and most established wine routes. Trevor explains, “The farm lies in the gently sloping…

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Deduction available for donations increased

To alleviate the cashflow difficulties of employees where their employers contribute to the Solidarity Fund on their behalf, Government is proposing a special relief measure by temporarily increasing the current 5 per cent tax limit in the calculation of monthly PAYE of the employee. An additional limit of up to a maximum of 33.3 per…

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100% Moringa Juice to create more jobs

Powerful African plant moringa has been around for centuries. Popular for its medicinal purposes, moringa is mostly revered for its potent antioxidants which qualify it as the most trusted remedy when treating ailments such as hair and skin disorders, balancing mood swings and helping combat bacterial infections. Rooibanch co-founder, Sibusiso Ndlovu, shares the secrets to…

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Agro-processing

The article intends to highlight the many opportunities within the agro-processing industry for agricultural engineers to assist small and medium scale agro-processing entrepreneurs with entering the agro-processing industry. The availability of information and training remain key factors, as well as identifying actual useful equipment requirements by both these sectors seeking to become a part of…

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Renewable energy

South Africa’s total domestic electricity generation capacity is 51,309 MW from all sources. Approximately 91.2%, or 46 776 MW, comes from thermal coal power stations, while 4 533 MW is generated from renewable energy sources. Eskom, the state-owned utility, dominates the power sector. South Africa experienced scheduled power cuts for short periods in 2018 and…

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Belle-Vue Farm

The Farmer of the Month series features ordinary people, their farming enterprises, lifestyles and the special challenges they are faced with. It is also our objective to showcase the greater community and regions they represent as well as the diversity of farming practices to be found in South Africa. This month we visit Jimmy Zondagh…

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Die Mosterts

Ons kuier in die Junie uitgawe by die Mostert-familie van Dassenvaley Bpk van Philadelphia. Die boerdery word bedryf deur Tobie en Hanlie Mostert en hul twee seuns Nicol en Johan. Die Mostert-familie boer al sedert 1891 op die plaas. Tobie vertel, “My oupagrootjie, Klaas Mostert het in 1891 die plaas Dasvlei gekoop. Met die jare…

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Fourth Industrial Revolution

Agriculture plays a crucial role in the African economy and the daily lives of most Africans. The continent has 65 percent of the world’s remaining uncultivated arable land, an abundance of fresh water and about 300 days of sunshine each year. More than 60 percent of Africa’s working population is engaged in agriculture accounting for a third…

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