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Faith in wool moves mountains for sheep farmers

Despite limited resources, Goodman Ginyigazi and Columbus Solani have faced the challenge of farming on communal land head-on. Thanks to their determination, the two farmer friends are making waves in the wool industry and proving that communal farmers can achieve commercial success. Peter Mashala found out more.

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Faith in wool moves mountains for sheep farmers

Despite limited resources, Goodman Ginyigazi and Columbus Solani have faced the challenge of farming on communal land head-on. Thanks to their determination, the two farmer friends are making waves in the wool industry and proving that communal farmers can achieve commercial success. Peter Mashala found out more.

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Game changer for emerging farmers

Patrick Sekwatlakwatla has played a significant role in the beef sector, introducing and developing new players to mainstream commercial farming, for more than 25 years. He has been instrumental in establishing impactful programmes that help empower emerging farmers in South Africa. Peter Mashala spoke to Patrick, who is also South Africa’s first black cattle judge.

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Walking in her family’s footsteps

Tshepiso Mametja was fresh out of school when she started farming a 1ha patch on her parents’ farm in Trichardtsdal near Tzaneen. She tells African Farming editor Peter Mashala how she’s managed to conjure up an award-winning diversified 287ha enterprise supplying high-value vegetables to top retailers.

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Red hot chilli farmer – Eric Mauwane

Eric Mauwane has had his fair share of setbacks. But thanks to the guidance of mentors and the kindness of neighbours, he has survived the tough times and is now exploring opportunities to supply fresh produce for the international market. Eric tells Peter Mashala how a detour from his original plan to farm pigs turned him into a pepper champ.

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Sugar cane queen builds her empire

Nonhlanhla Gumede-Shabalala gave up a blossoming career in banking to help her father through a crippling drought in 2010. The 35-year-old has not looked back since and is now the proud owner of a flourishing sugar cane farm worth an estimated R10 million, writes Peter Mashala.

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