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From selling fish and chips to running two farming enterprises

When 24-year-old Njabulo Mbokane did her final year at Carolina Academic school in 2013, she had no idea what career path she would follow....

Jozi chef is living out his wildest food dreams

“Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey ate my chakalaka!”  Umjita wa se Kasi (Kasi boy) turned gourmet chef, Katlego Sebastian Mlambo still has to pinch himself when he recalls serving former US president Barack Obama and legendary American talk show host and television producer - Oprah Winfrey an...

Indigenous vegetables ‘are not poor people’s food’

Qinisani Qwabe grew up in a small rural community called eSihuzu in northern KwaZulu-Natal. He was raised by his grandparents and he fondly remembers...

Electrical engineer finds solace in her kitchen and home garden

Finding solace in gardening never crossed Leshoto Thooe’s mind until she decided to get her hands dirty. To relax from her budding career as an electrical engineer, the 34-year-old spends her downtime cooking and gardening.   RECIPE: Herb-encrusted...

25-year-old farmer says there can be success after failing matric

Ask any teenager and they’ll tell you: failing your matric exams could easily be perceived as the worst thing to ever happen. But for...

‘Farming brothers’ breaking stereotypes

It’s true that you can’t choose your family, but these three Mzansi farmers beg to differ.  Brothers Buchule Jack and Buzwe Pama run a successful farming business in the Free State alongside their friend...

LIFESTYLE

RECIPE: Carrot Cake

Chef Nonjabulo Nzuza never considered a career in the culinary industry. She was dead set on becoming an electrical engineer, but dropped out when...

Variety of milk options leave SA spoilt for choice

Choosing an everyday grocery essential like milk is not always the easiest thing to do. South Africans are really spoilt for choice, whether we...

RECIPE: Potato and Aubergine Pie

Mzansi’s potato farmers ensure that we’ll never run out of potatoes, despite challenges such as climate change and political uncertainty. Potatoes SA shared this...

Hip chef Keanon Michaels wants to train and empower other young chefs

Keanon Michaels is hip and happening. The Capetonian is a chef, surfer and an enthusiastic dancer. It was this active life – and the...

Traditional food ‘has a story to tell’

Chef Farzana Alvarado believes that every traditional dish has a rich history with a story to tell “about its origin, how it’s prepared and...

Siba sets the table for international success

Award-winning celebrity chef Sibahle “Siba” Mtongana found her love for food in her mother’s kitchen. As a wife, mother of four, businesswoman, author and...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Chef Hennie’s British piccalilli

Head chef of Spier Farm Café, Hennie Nel, is not a fan of fancy, fussy cooking. In fact, the chef believes that the secret to a great meal is honest, authentic and unpretentious...

RECIPE: Lesotho trout pappardelle

Meals with pasta are traditionally served big, packed with loads of flavour and will always leave you begging for more. No Rules Cafeteria head chef Khanya Mzongwana promises her grilled Lesotho trout pappardelle is a family dinnertime pleaser.  Made with love and a beautiful balance...

RECIPE: South African peppermint crisp tart

The South African peppermint crisp tart oozes nostalgia with every bite. It most likely jostles with malva pudding and lekker melktert (milk tart) as an all-time favourite Mzansi delicacy. Foodie and self-published cookbook author of Treet Yourself, Reezwanah Seedat, shares her secrets for the...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Care and passion the secret to creating delectable dishes

The key ingredients to creating mouth-watering dishes are not readily available in any supermarket, believes resident Spier Farm Café head chef Hennie Nel (35). Instead it takes “care and passion,” he says. “Those two things are key to making a dish...

Good food has the ability to heal the mind, says food stylist

Khanya Mzongwana has her fingers in many pies. The 30-year-old food stylist develops recipes for Woolworths TASTE Magazine  and Times Live and she’s a brand ambassador for Devil's Peak Beer.   She uses her innovative food brain to create dishes for the new kid on the culinary block, No Rules...

Sons inspire Mommy food blogger

Self-published cookbook author Reezwanah Seedat draws inspiration for her food blog, Treetz by Reez, from her four energetic sons. The 35-year-old admits that feeding her big family can be daunting, but once she discovered creative ways to keep their growling tummies happy the foodie within her was born.   “I’ve...

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Care and passion the secret to creating delectable dishes

The key ingredients to creating mouth-watering dishes are not readily available in any supermarket, believes resident Spier Farm Café head chef Hennie Nel (35). Instead it takes “care and passion,” he says. “Those two things are key to making a dish...

RECIPE: Chef Hennie’s British piccalilli

Head chef of Spier Farm Café, Hennie Nel, is not a fan of fancy, fussy cooking. In fact, the chef believes that the secret to a great meal is honest, authentic and unpretentious...

Covid-19: Food scientist turns breadcrumbs into hand sanitiser

Have you heard the one about the Stellenbosch food scientist who made hand sanitiser with, well, a few loaves of bread? Well, we couldn’t...

Covid-19: We ain’t seen nothing yet, warns Agbiz CEO

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#AloneTogether: Rural farmer ‘will not risk workers’ safety for money’

When word got out that farmers and their workers were exempted from the 21-day coronavirus lockdown, Mzansi’s agriculturists started fearing for their lives. On the...

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He’s only 19, but already a successful livestock farmer

“Farming is in me, it runs in my blood and my veins. I am a farmer by birth,” confidently declares Thabo Dithakgwe (19), one...

Motsepe announces multi-billion rand fund for black farmers

Billionaire businessman Dr Patrice Motsepe says there are high-level discussions with, amongst others, the Motsepe Foundation and banks to launch a multi-billion rand fund...

How a Free State farmer brought his dying land back from the brink

Danie Slabbert (39) might look like a typical farmer, but his forbearers are probably turning in their graves questioning his unconventional farming methods. This...

Farmers exempted from 21-day lockdown to curb Covid-19 spread

Farmers, it’s official. You are not on lockdown. Food For Mzansi can confirm that farming and agricultural processing are considered an essential service, and...