Hoping against hope


With a mid-season dry spell appearing year after year to wreak havoc on local agriculture, farmers in the country are once again facing crop failure, but doing their best to cope with the ‘new normal’. Mmegi journalists PHATSIMO KAPENG & LARONA MAKHAIZA found stories of hope and despair in the South this week

Kgosietsile Motlhabane, 40,

Mmamairing, Mogobane“I planted maize, watermelons, sweet reed, beans, lab lab, and squash. The government is the one that did the planting for me and we ploughed two hectares.

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