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Rasionele oplossing vir onteiening nodig se zz2-baas

Mnr. Tommie van Zyl , uitvoerdende hoof van ZZ2 , is optimisties oor Suid-Afrika se toekoms, ondanks die probleme en pessimisme in sekere kringe. 

August 22nd, 2018|

ZZ2 hosts first Transdisciplinary Natuurboerdery® Symposium

Natuurboerdery® is a journey not a destination. Mr Tommie van Zyl, CEO of ZZ2, was one of numerous speakers at the first Transdisciplinary Natuurboerdery® Symposium hosted recently by ZZ2 at Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen.

August 6th, 2018|

Research that fuels economic growth

Stimulating economic growth in South Africa has been a major challenge for both Government and the private sector over the past decade.  The fresh produce export industry has shown how innovation-based research is a critical part of the solution to enhancing competiveness, market access and growth.

July 2nd, 2018|

‘What I learnt from the greatest tomato farmer in the southern hemisphere’

Michael Cordes, marketing specialist from South Africa, talks about important lessons he learnt from the late Bertie van Zyl of ZZ2 farming, probably the biggest field-grown tomato operation in the southern hemisphere.

June 20th, 2018|

Rehabilitated owls find a new home in ZZ2’s eco-friendly farmlands

Natuurboerdery®, ZZ2’s environmentally-friendly approach to farming, contributed to the release of rehabilitated owls in their eco-friendly tomato fields and avocado orchards. Not only are the owls a natural way to control rodents, but the farmlands are a food rich environment for these top predators. The landscape is populated with small game which is a direct result of Natuurboerdery®, where the harmful impact of commercial farming on the ecosystem has been mitigated over two decades.

June 15th, 2018|

Smoothing tomatoes bumpy ride to Market

Getting tomatoes to the market can be a bumpy ride. Studies done at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) Post Harvest Innovation Centre and financed by the Departement of Science and Technology, have showed that transport on South African rural roads is the main contributor to damage. Read more

June 13th, 2018|

Transplanting modern European apple farming to South Africa

In 2012, in response to widespread labour unrest in the Western Cape, some Ceres apple producers sent a delegation to visit their counterparts in the South Tyrol region of northern Italy. The visit produced a lot of new ideas and on the way back from Italy, Retief du Toit remembers, a decision was made to establish ultra-high density apple orchards on ZZ2’s Bokveldskloof farm in the Koue Bokkeveld, and – crucially – to do it on the M9 rootstock which hadn’t become widely accepted in the South African industry.

April 23rd, 2018|

ZZ2: Die vele voordele van volhoubare vrugteboerdery

Biologies volhoubare boerdery is nie ’n kortpad nie, maar met die nodige geduld sal die resultate jou verstom. Ná 16 jaar waarin ZZ2 sy benadering van natuurboerdery gevolg het, het koolstofvlakke in die grond begin styg, die boerdery gebruik minder water en dien boonop minder stikstof toe — en dít met opbrengste wat verdubbel

April 19th, 2018|

Eerste sagtevrugtemuseum op Bokveldskloof

Oor die Bokveld se stories, streke en karakters kan mens sekerlik ‘n dik boek skryf. Net in een familie kom mens Piet Kalifornië, Piet van Die Bos, en Piet Parlement teë. En nou ook, hoewel aangetroud, Pierre du Toit. Of soos baie hom ken, Oom Pierre. Op 80 het die passievolle afgetrede vrugteboer ‘n ou [...]

April 6th, 2018|

Berge word versit as `n gemeenskap saamstaan

Danksy ongekende samewerking is 42 550 l water reeds onderweg na Kaapstad om die rimpeleffek van die stad se grootste waterkrisis in 350 jaar te help verlig. Nog 29 465 liter is onderweg. Sophia Hislop, uitvoerende direkteur van Uniclox, het die inisiatief Januarie in Polokwane begin omdat die waterkrisis in die Wes-Kaap tans die grootste in die land is al gaan ander provinsies ook onder waterskaarste gebuk. “Wat my hart van die projek roer, is dat dit nie saak gemaak het waar jy bly, skoolgaan, werk, aanbid of aan watter politieke party jy behoort nie. Om die groei van dag een af te sien het my grootste verwagtinge oortref.

March 14th, 2018|