Child malnutrition in the Eastern Cape ‘qualifies as a disaster’

Food insecurity in the Eastern Cape should be declared a disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act, the South African Human Rights Commission ruled on Thursday in a report highlighting the devastating incidence and consequences of hunger in the Eastern Cape....

South Africa’s farm jobs up 2% y/y in the second quarter of 2023

In the second quarter of 2023, about 894 000 people were employed in South Africa’s primary agriculture, up 1% q/q and 2% y/y. This is the highest farm employment level since the last quarter of 2016 and is well above the long-term agricultural employment of 780 000....

Poor roads limit South Africa’s agricultural potential

Despite various challenges in trade and animal diseases, South Africa’s agricultural sector has had a good few seasons. But one other crucial issue is road deterioration; in some provinces, such as the Eastern Cape, roads are almost non-existent in various regions....

From communal to commercial: a Bonsmara farmer’s success story

“I go full force for Bonsmara. When you farm cattle, it’s good to focus [on a specific breed].” So says Mthobeli Dintsi of his approach to beef production on his 646ha farm, Flatfield, near Cathcart in the Eastern Cape, which is home to about 100 Bonsmara-type...

Weekend podcast: New trust to help farmers grow

For Jac Jordaan, a farmer and founder of the newly launched Real Farmers Trust, farming has always been a passion and part of his family tradition which spans over decades. The initiative empowers farmers with the bargaining power and support they need on their growth...