Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16024, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16024, 2016
Author Lloyd PhillipsSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 78 –79 (2016)More Less
Getting to Sleutel Farm in a 4x4 bakkie is a slow and tortuous process. Situated about 40km from Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State, and consisting of mostly steep hills covered in rocks, grassland and ouhout (Leucosidea sericea) trees, the 180ha farm is an unlikely home for a successful beef cattle enterprise. Father-and-son team, Jakob (59) and Paul (32) Tshabalala, are adamant that the Drakensbergers they farm are the sole reason for the success of their BMZ Farmoto commercial beef enterprise. The Drakensberger and Drakensberger-type cattle thrive in the harsh terrain and climate. "We have no electricity, no running water, and almost no cattle-handling infrastructure out here," says Jakob. "The drought has been hard on our area too. But our Drakensbergers will walk many kilometres every day to find fresh grazing and springs. Then, at the end of the day, they walk back.
Author Graham JoosteSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 80 –81 (2016)More Less
Orphaned at the age of eight, Harry Filmer was sent to a convent in Bruges, Belgium. The lively child flourished under the guidance of the good sisters. After four years, he was sent back to London, where his fascination with languages led him to learn a new type of communication. In 1837, Sir Isaac Pitman had developed an ingenious collection of symbols that enabled one to record verbatim anything that was said, and Pitman shorthand was fast becoming the wonder of the business world. It was ideal for court cases, conferences and newspaper reporting. Harry was hired by The Tablet, and although only 16, he was entrusted with one of the most responsible and arduous tasks assigned to journalists - parliamentary reporting! One day, while he was transcribing his notes into longhand for his editor, a well-dressed stranger asked him about shorthand. A few days later, the man, who happened to be Harry Escombe, the future prime minister of Natal, offered Harry a job in the colony. He was to use his shorthand to record the proceedings of the Natal Legislative Assembly.