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The story of Renshia Manuel , owner of Growbox Nursery, in her own words
I grew up in Eerste River and, after high school, I studied motor mechanics for two years. (My mom was a single working parent and her car wasn’t very reliable so I thought this would a great way to help her.) After getting married, I moved to Hanover Park and worked as a librarian at a primary school for some years. Unfortunately, the school experienced financial problems and could no longer afford me.

Press release

One of the hottest topics in sport and exercise science is the role that natural herbs can play in enhancing athletic performance. Already known for its many health benefits, home-grown Rooibos, will be put through its paces over the next few months when a team of scientists from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the Prime Human Performance Institute in Durban will test the extent to which the tea could aid sportsmen and women.


For those who might have missed it, the Department of Trade and Industry’s 2018/19-2020/21 Industrial Action Policy Programme (IPAP) were announced at the end of last month.

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites you to apply to be part of an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Malmö, Sweden to promote exports of natural and organic products. The trade mission forms part of the dti’s objective to create market access for South African products in markets with high export potential. South African exporters of natural and organically certified ingredients, processed foods and drinks and cosmetic products are invited to apply. Find details at www.thedti.gov.za/invitations/OSM_Sweden.pdf.

See The Agri Handbook chapters on Organic farming and Exporting.


John Hume, “The Man Who Bred 1000 Rhino”. Photo used courtesy of Quintus Strauss

Practical solutions for the rhino crisis

In the past 26 years, South African John Hume, aged 76, has bred 1,279 white rhinos on his private property, and is currently protecting 1,626 rhinos of which 300 are pregnant therefore making it 1,926 lives of rhino in total. He has been remarkably successful and has lost just 32 rhinos to poachers, compared with 7,048 rhinos poached in the whole of South Africa since the Moratorium on Domestic Trade in Rhino Horn, up to and including 2017 (see "Background" heading later in the article). In the 4 years before the imposition of the Moratorium on the 13th of February 2009, there was virtually no poaching.

The Parliamentary Monitoring Group reports on the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries parliamentary committee meeting on 7 June 2018. It was briefed on the following matters: