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Howard Blight
#AgriIndaba: Modernised, scalable agri-education is key in training and feeding the masses

How important is modernising agricultural education to the transformation of the industry?

By Cari Coetzee 30 Nov 2017

Val Thomas, founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp
#InnovationMonth: TheTreeApp making strides in SA tree identification

We chat to the founder and co-creator of TheTreeApp, one of the most powerful tree identification apps on the market, Val Thomas...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate
#InnovationMonth: Aerobotics, RanMarine teams up on river water management in #cocreate2Accelerate

Aerial data analytics specialist helping farmers optimise their crops, Aerobotics and Dutch environmental technology enterprise, RanMarine, teams up in #cocreate2Accelerate and looks at river water management...

By Cari Coetzee 13 Sep 2017

#InnovationMonth: Changing agri-education in Africa as we know it
#InnovationMonth: Changing agri-education in Africa as we know it

"It's imperative upon the world to help 'switch on' Africa's mobile platforms and to assist in bringing focused education and platforms to Africa's youth in order to develop its potential..."

By Cari Coetzee 4 Sep 2017

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

#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

#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

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

#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

Dr Klaus Eckstein
#InnovationMonth: Bayer seed innovation to benefit the entire agriculture community

Bayer recently opened its first SeedGrowth Centre in Africa with the aim to provide farmers with innovative products that suit their specific needs. We spoke to Dr Klaus Eckstein to find out more...

By Cari Coetzee 21 Sep 2016

#InnovationMonth: GWK building rockets, winning awards and innovating for agriculture
#InnovationMonth: GWK building rockets, winning awards and innovating for agriculture

"The objective of the campaign is to highlight the innovation, imagination, and passion that are intrinsic to being a farmer." - Neil de Klerk

By Cari Coetzee 19 Sep 2016

#BizsoeknBoer: Meet urban farmer Pierre van der Spuy
#BizsoeknBoer: Meet urban farmer Pierre van der Spuy

Pierre van der Spuy started growing herbs and vegetables two years ago...

By Cari Coetzee 8 Sep 2016

#BizSoeknBoer: Meet Vergelegen winemaker André Van Rensburg
#BizSoeknBoer: Meet Vergelegen winemaker André Van Rensburg

Vergelegen recently shared the good news that they are winning the fight against leaf roll virus. We asked Vergelegen winemaker André van Rensburg to share a little more...

By Cari Coetzee 25 Jul 2016

PMA Fresh Connections designed for SA fresh produce sector
PMA Fresh Connections designed for SA fresh produce sector

We interviewed Lindie Stroebel, the new GM for PMA SA...

By Cari Coetzee 21 Jul 2016

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Reinventing agriculture using supercharged carbon recyclers

Sustainability crusader and CEO of Kiverdi Lisa Dyson plans to reinvent how we do agriculture...

By Sindy Peters 19 Jul 2016

#WeeklyWineWrap: Scientists invent a machine that makes wine non-stop
#WeeklyWineWrap: Scientists invent a machine that makes wine non-stop

This week we take a look at the machine that makes wine non-stop; happily note that the fine wine market soared in June; check in with VinPro on their scholarship programme; and look forward to the fabulous wine-related events that will take place at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival in Hyde Park this week.

By Anna-Bet Stemmet 11 Jul 2016

Mzwandile Duma
#YouthMonth: For the love of farming and making a difference

Stuart says "The best of our future farmers are ready to farm in their own right." I decided to get the details from the horse's mouth and spoke to one of the Future Farmers, Mzwandile Duma...

By Cari Coetzee 29 Jun 2016

#BizSoeknBoer: meet JJ Van de Velde
#BizSoeknBoer: meet JJ Van de Velde

JJ van de Velde recently shared his good fortunes with fellow farmers by donating hundreds of bales of hay. Let's see what else he is willing to share...

By Cari Coetzee 7 Jun 2016

#YouthMonth: Helping our youth become the farmers of the future
#YouthMonth: Helping our youth become the farmers of the future

"They bring back to our country additional skills, they learn about technology, but most important is the fact that they bring back a new approach to their work."

By Cari Coetzee 1 Jun 2016

Farming hackathon to take place in Nairobi
Farming hackathon to take place in Nairobi

The two-day Hack4Farming event will take place in Nairobi, Kenya in July, with agriculture stakeholders, programmers, developers and data scientists invited to come together...

By Tom Jackson 31 May 2016

#BizSoeknBoer: Meet DJ van der Linde
#BizSoeknBoer: Meet DJ van der Linde

DJ van der Linde recently took the title of Free State Young Farmer of the Year. Let's find out more...

By Cari Coetzee 10 May 2016

Nature's Farms packaging
#CommerceMonth: Origin on the farm

Recently, GWK unveiled their new Farm Foods factory and rolled out with the Nature's Farm brand. Tom Meintjes told us all about it...

By Cari Coetzee 20 Apr 2016

Digitizing agriculture and growing knowledge
Digitizing agriculture and growing knowledge

We spoke to Magnus Rambraut about how digitizing the industry can...

By Cari Coetzee 18 Apr 2016

Building a rocket
Building a rocket

Frikkie is a young boy growing up on a farm. In his imaginary world he is an astronaut as he swoops through mealie fields with a rocket (milk jug) on his back and a helmet (colander) on his head...

By Danette Breitenbach 7 Dec 2015

Working for Africa
Working for Africa

The third and final day of the EMRC Africa Finance and Investment Forum (AFIF) saw presentations on agricultural investment opportunities on the continent as a whole...

By Nicci Botha 30 Nov 2015

Inaugural summit addresses youth unemployment and the role of agriculture
Inaugural summit addresses youth unemployment and the role of agriculture

29 October marked the first Young Africa Works Summit. The aim of the summit was to discuss and find practical solutions in addressing youth unemployment...

By Cari Coetzee 3 Nov 2015

The always-on business relevant to all industries
The always-on business relevant to all industries

In South Africa, the concept of the always-on business is gathering momentum. Thanks to the connectedness of the world around us...

By Warren Olivier 26 Aug 2015

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