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#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 2 days ago

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

#AgriIndaba: Investing in Africa is not for sissies
#AgriIndaba: Investing in Africa is not for sissies

A policy and legal environment that is conducive to doing business in Africa is critical to attract foreign direct investment

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2016

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#AgriIndaba: Highlighting agro-processing as a significant opportunity for growth

As one the economy's key labour intensive sectors, agro-processing is regonised to hold massive opportunity especially regarding the creation of employment opportunities and empowerment

By Cari Coetzee 30 Nov 2016

#SharetheBay: There's a rich history behind SA's 'diamond fibre' industry
#SharetheBay: There's a rich history behind SA's 'diamond fibre' industry

Did you know that South Africa's Eastern Cape is the mohair capital of the world? I didn't, until yesterday that is when we visited the Mohair South Africa headquarters in PE on a tour

By Sindy Peters 24 Nov 2016

Murray Barlow, Lesego Chauke-Motshwane and Pierre Wahl.
SA's top vintners crowned at Winemaker of the Year Awards

Suited gents and dolled-up dames gathered in the manicured grounds of La Residence hotel in Franschhoek on Saturday evening for the 36th annual Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Awards

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Nov 2016

Five reasons to visit the Breedekloof Wine Valley
Five reasons to visit the Breedekloof Wine Valley

A common misconception about the Breedekloof Wine Valley is that it's only home to large-scale wine producing cooperatives. True, Breedekloof is one of the largest wine producing areas in the Cape, however, this wine region offers so much more than that

By Ruth Cooper 14 Nov 2016

What cage-free means with Braam Malherbe
What cage-free means with Braam Malherbe

Braam Malherbe recently joined Angus McIntosh and Yolanda Guse, who started the petition to get McDonals to commit to a cage-free policy, on the Spier Spier Biodynamic Farm to see how free range chickens live

By Cari Coetzee 14 Oct 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Organic supermarket opens in Nigeria
#SustainabilityMonth: Organic supermarket opens in Nigeria

A New Earth, a boutique organic and eco-living store based in Beirut, Lebanon, recently announced its opening in Lagos, Nigeria. The expansion is testament to the owners' belief in moving towards a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable way of living.

By Jessica Tennant 12 Oct 2016

#InnovationMonth: Smart farming technology to help feed the masses
#InnovationMonth: Smart farming technology to help feed the masses

9 billion people will need feeding by 2050 and the responsibility of that feat will fall squarely into the laps of farmers, posing the question of how to sustainably produce food for the masses

By Cari Coetzee 28 Sep 2016

#InnovationMonth: Soil treatment that's just right
#InnovationMonth: Soil treatment that's just right

Innovative South African fertiliser company, Advanced Agri partnered with iDwala to bring a new range of calcium-based soil treatment products called EcoCal, to market

By Cari Coetzee 22 Sep 2016

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