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#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa
#FreshConnections: The realities of trading in Africa

It's often agreed that the trickiest part of the supply chain is not the sourcing, but getting the product to the consumer

By Lauren Hartzenberg 3 days ago

SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund
SA's Aerobotics raises $600k funding from 4Di, Savannah Fund

South African aerial data analytics specialist Aerobotics has secured R8-million ($602,000) in seed funding from Cape Town-based based VC firm 4Di and Kenya's Savannah Fund

By Tom Jackson 8 Aug 2017

Mearns Farm (Image Supplied)
#CSIMonth: Agricultural transformation is a multigenerational, multi-stakeholder undertaking

"We understood that we couldn't create new jobs, facilitate more access to land and opportunity, without providing the means for people to share their skills and technical know-how"

By Cari Coetzee 26 Jul 2017

How to grow your seed collection
How to grow your seed collection

There's something to be said about buying seed collections - multiple varieties of one plant in one seed packet. That has become the norm

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Jul 2017

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is 'wine futures' worthy
Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is 'wine futures' worthy

En primeur or 'wine futures', is a method of purchasing sought-after wines early while the wine is still in the barrel

By Lauren Hartzenberg 19 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security
#CSIMonth: An opportunity to use commercial enterprises to ensure global food security

We chat to President and CEO of AGT Foods, Murad Al-Katib, the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, about his win, entrepreneurship and feeding the world

By Cari Coetzee 18 Jul 2017

Reliance Compost Founder, Eddie Redelinghuys
#CSIMonth: Creating sustainable environments through organic compost

We chat to Eco-Logic Award winner, Reliance Compost's founder and director about organic compost, growing green minds and ensuring a healthy world for future generations

By Cari Coetzee 17 Jul 2017

#YouthMonth: Q&A with #YoungGunsB2B Callan Williams of Garajeest
#YouthMonth: Q&A with #YoungGunsB2B Callan Williams of Garajeest

This year, Wine Cellar Fine Wine Merchants and Cellarers once again identified SA's hottest young winemaking talent breaking the rules and pushing the limits at their annual ‘Young Guns' event. We chat to one of this year's “Young Guns” and rising wine star, Callan Williams of Garajeest wines.

By Ruth Cooper 29 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Q&A with #YoungGunsB2B Stephanie Wiid of Thistle & Weed
#YouthMonth: Q&A with #YoungGunsB2B Stephanie Wiid of Thistle & Weed

Wine Cellar: Fine Wine Merchants and Cellarers recently announced their top pick of SA's hottest young winemaking talent for the seventh edition of the Young Guns tasting event. We got in touch with one of the rising stars, Stephanie Wiid, one half of Thistle & Weed, to chat all things wine.

By Ruth Cooper 27 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa
#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa

Thabang Mabapa's Selokong Sa Dimelana project grows castor seed crops for the commercial production of castor seed oil as an alternative biofuel. We wanted to find out a bit more about this inspiring young entrepreneur

By Cari Coetzee 22 Jun 2017

Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector
Sun Silicates takes lead in chemical engineering sector

Situated in Germiston, Sun Silicates is currently the only company in South Africa that supplies both vermiculite and perlite-based insulating media used in the construction industry

By Sindy Peters 20 Jun 2017

Journalist and political commentator, Max du Preez
Has SA finally hit the reset button?

This country is never boring. Where else in the real world does the skinniving, intrigue and corruption offer more plot twists than Game of Thrones?

By Nicci Botha 14 Jun 2017

#StartupStory: Avenews-GT
#StartupStory: Avenews-GT

All the way from Israel to Cape Town, our second Barclays Accelerator 2017 Africa #StartupStory is that of Avenews-GT - a digital trading platform based on blockchain technology aiming to modernise agricultural trade

By Ilse van den Berg 8 Jun 2017

Logan Jooste
#YouthMonth: Viticulture protégé makes his debut in the wine industry

The Cape Winemakers Guild Viticulture Protégé Programme has yielded its first graduate. Logan Jooste has made his debut in the wine industry with a full-time position as a viticulturist at Bartinney Wine Estate

By Cari Coetzee 5 Jun 2017

Jessica Bonin: Master blender of tea, passion and success
Jessica Bonin: Master blender of tea, passion and success

Jessica Bonin carved a career out of her passion for tea and sharing the art of tea-drinking with the world

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 May 2017

New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals
New head leads Fairtrade Label SA in achieving 2017 goals

Leán Muller has recently been appointed as the new head to direct Fairtrade Label in accomplishing the vast goals it has set for 2017

By Cari Coetzee 24 May 2017

24 hours of Nissan and Datsun in the Free State
24 hours of Nissan and Datsun in the Free State

Nampo is not a word unfamiliar to me. As a student at NWU, my friends and I used to frequent this (then not-so-big) agri festival almost every year, funnily enough.

By Ilse van den Berg 17 May 2017

#UrbanAgri: Let It Grow Foundation helps communities grow their own urban farms
#UrbanAgri: Let It Grow Foundation helps communities grow their own urban farms

The Let It Grow Foundation is driven by three men with the purpose to heal the soil and teach South Africans to live sustainable and healthy lives through urban farming projects using permaculture methods

By Cari Coetzee 15 May 2017

#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer
#AfricaMonth: The Africa market deserves respect - Wood-Mizer

A bit of patience and manners is some of what's required to be successful in the African context, says Jean-Jacques Pierre Oelofse, Wood-Mizer corporate director for emerging markets

By Sindy Peters 4 May 2017

Chef Janine
#FoodTrends: explore the world of herbs

Everyone needs to save water – from landscapers to food manufacturers, restaurant dishwashers to prep kitchens as well as Jane Citizen in her apartment. Starting a herb and veggie garden is one way of saving pennies and water

By Janine Fourie 15 Mar 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: The brand pillars of historic Lanzerac
#BrandManagerMonth: The brand pillars of historic Lanzerac

Lanzerac's GM, Barend Barnard, tells the Lanzerac story - from the estate's offering to its award-winning wine

By Cari Coetzee 14 Mar 2017

Having a story to tell helps your commodity become a brand
Having a story to tell helps your commodity become a brand

It is not enough to be a great farmer nowadays. You also need to be a great marketer and learning to think about yourself, those that work for you and what you produce in the way that a journalist would

By Brian Berkman 7 Mar 2017

Behind the scenes: Sarah Graham's Food Safari recipe mag
Behind the scenes: Sarah Graham's Food Safari recipe mag

After starting her food blog in 2010, Sarah Graham has published multiple cookbooks and has been travelling around the country cooking up a storm

By Cari Coetzee 3 Mar 2017

#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?
#DesignMonth: What's in your lunch box?

FOODwelove aims to change how offices eat by offering desk jockeys the option to have a healthy and wholesome lunch delivered in a cleverly designed box, straight to their desk

By Cari Coetzee 20 Feb 2017

Lizelle Gerber
#BizTrends2017: Building confidence in South African wines

We catch up with Lizelle Gerber, winemaker at Boschendal, to find out what will keep the wine flowing this year

By Cari Coetzee 13 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business
#BizTrends2017: Why more than ever, sustainability is good business

South African companies, including those in the retail sector, continue to experience a significant change in mindset among customers. The reality is that doing business is no longer just about profit, but also about creating shared value and meeting responsibilities to contribute to inclusive economic development, and to give back to communities and our planet

By Justin Smith 12 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Ever increasing costs to shape agriculture 2017
#BizTrends2017: Ever increasing costs to shape agriculture 2017

The emerging realities that will continue to affect farming are the ever increasing costs of irrigated land, inflation on input costs and the shift to longer term crops

By Cari Coetzee 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Investment in youth, emerging farmers to develop the industry
#BizTrends2017: Investment in youth, emerging farmers to develop the industry

2017 lies ahead of us and, like every year, there are some factors that will particularly influence the development of the agriculture industry

By Cari Coetzee 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Fresh urban farming trends
#BizTrends2017: Fresh urban farming trends

Urban farming is growing popular and necessary to support urban populations. We spoke to RAW's Marlaen Straathof, a seed company who believes that the tiniest patch of earth can be transformed into a vegetable wonderland

By Cari Coetzee 9 Jan 2017

#AgriIndaba: Facilitating investment in African agriculture
#AgriIndaba: Facilitating investment in African agriculture

Foreign direct investment into Africa is indeed fraught with legal red tape, but there are platforms that help potential investors navigate their way through

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2016

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