Entries by Bongani Radebe

Two young cattle farmers bring auctions to communal areas

Business partners Soyama Mthongana and Athenkosi Denga, both 26, started farming in Peddie in the Eastern Cape in 2011, but only formalised their business, Lizwe Meat, in 2015. Growing up in Port Elizabeth, the pair learnt about farming from their fathers and grandfathers, who ran livestock. From the outset, Mthongana and Denga’s goal was to […]

Indigenous vegetables ‘are not poor people’s food’

Today, the 26-year-old works as an indigenous knowledge systems and food security researcher and he started a company which promotes indigenous food in Mzansi. “It saddens me that indigenous vegetables are being underappreciated, especially by the younger generation. Indigenous vegetables are not poor people’s food, but it’s being perceived as such.”

Winter Cereal Industry

On 14 July 2020, the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) received a request from the South African Grain Farmers Association’s (SAGRA), that the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, in terms of section 15 of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act (MAP Act), establish the following statutory levies (VAT excluded) for the different […]