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Food For Mzansi bags two international media nominations

Just more than ten months after Food For Mzansi was officially launched, the agricultural news lifestyle platform was nominated for no less than two...

Farming couple has their eyes set on the beef export market

“The vision of making a difference and being the change we want to see has kept us going throughout this entire journey, not forgetting...

The thriving farm led by black women

‘Why have you decided to put your qualifications into your wardrobe and go into farming?’ Nomxolisi Mathe, 68, recalls her friend asking after she...

Primary school principal creates a local food hub

The need for nutritious food in her school and village encouraged North West school principal Ellen Leping (50) to revive their neglected school garden...

Give female farmers greater access to land and credit

Globally women play a significant role in agriculture. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, women are the backbone of the agricultural sector and make up almost...

You can’t run away from your calling, says female farmer

Mbali Ngcobo is a jack of all trades, and a hustler of note. She’s been a waitress, sales lady, teacher and she’s even worked...

Businessman turned farmer is building generational wealth

Tsabello Mapupa (46) watches his livestock with disbelief as it comes out of the kraal. “l can’t believe these are mine. I wake up...

There is an angel factory in the Karoo

Picture, if you will, a Christmas angel factory. Do you imagine fluffy clouds, elves, sparkly tinsel? People dressed in pointy hats with tinkling bells? You...

22-year-old farm manager said yes to agriculture and no to medicine

“There’s a perception among the youth that farming is easy work, with high financial yields, but that’s not why I’m in agriculture. I’m here...

Former waitress becomes a successful chef

Unaty Daniel has chased a number of careers, but in the end it was food and cooking that stole her heart. The 37-year-old from...

Tree farm manager gives agriculture his undivided attention

12 years ago, a bus traveling from Zimbabwe to Cape Town arrived in Bellville at around 07h45 in the morning. On this bus was...

‘Giving is better than receiving’ – Recruitment firm practices what it...

While sitting around a dinner table, a family with a heart for their community realised that their simple gesture of goodwill could have a...

LIFESTYLE

Overberg women spearheading aquaponics farm

Six women from the Suurbraak community are piloting a dynamic aquaponics farm in the Overberg district near Swellendam in the Western Cape. Their farming...

How old are the ‘fresh’ fruit and vegetables we eat?

Discovering the best fresh produce at your local grocery store or market is always a win, especially when you’re looking to cook up an appetising...

Call them walkie talkies or phoenix feet – chicken feet are...

South Africa has a distinctive food culture and a world class collection of traditional meals. Biltong, bobotie, gatsby, bunny chow and amagwinya (vetkoek) are...

Ice-cream queen spreading scoops of love

An innovator, ice-cream trendsetter and an all-around phenomenal woman. Sinenhlanhla Ndlela, better known by the ice-cream community as Sine, is showing the world that...

Cook Ella Mthethwa says food stole her heart…

Ella Gqinekile Mthethwa swapped her love for plants to pursue her dreams of becoming a culinary queen. Today she runs her own catering company...

Author and chef plans on taking her cooking classes across the...

Chef Zanele Van Zyl (39) is a well-known influencer in the South African culinary world. Coming from an impoverished background, van Zyl rose above...

RECIPE: Malva Pudding

Chef and food stylist Sebastian Newman has worked on numerous popular television shows, including Expresso and Top Billing. The sweet-toothed 23-year-old regularly features a...

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...

6 Flu-fighting foods to protect yourself this winter

Nobody can afford to stay at home from work to nurse yourself through the flu. And if you’re a parent with kids that risk...

‘Let us all grow big,’ says Jozi’s first Nigerian farmer

Edward Wisdom (48) is originally from the southeast of Nigeria. Since coming to South Africa in 1994 he has carved out a niche for...

Cooking was part of God’s plan

Karabo Phiri had a business science degree in hand with plans of becoming an economist, but her love for food and obsession with Asian...

RECIPE: The Lazy Makoti’s Chickpea and Bean Salad

Mogau Seshoene, popularly known as The Lazy Makoti, decided to cook instead of farm and she's charming Mzansi with her culinary skills. The 30...

Good news: chocolate can be great for your health

Everyone loves chocolate, or at least knows someone who adores it. For many years we were told to avoid chocolate for a number of...

Radio presenter cooks to touch the lives of others

Although Lee Duru has been working in the broadcasting industry for years, she has taken to indulging her love of food and cooking on...

How to create a garden that keeps on giving…

Providing for your family’s financial needs is proving more difficult with each passing day given the current state of the South African economy and...

Metjie turned her food hobby into a business

Four years ago, Metjie Shongwe decided to turn her food hobby into a booming business. Her budget-friendly recipe posts on social media have reached...

The rise (and rise!) of Mzansi’s craft beer movement

Five years ago, the term “craft beer” could easily have been mistaken for a swear word or an upper-class sangoma’s attempt at making ginger beer. Since...

Cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage – one healthy green family

Did you know that cauliflower and broccoli stem from the same family? Yip, so does kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts and even collards. They are...

Let’s get cheesy with Kobus Mulder! All your cheese questions answered…

You might be forgiven for not knowing your ricotta from your parmesan. Let’s face it. Not too long ago, most South Africans mainly ate...

RECIPE: Kamogelo Maleka’s Mopane Worms

Kamogelo Maleka started cooking at the tender age of 12. Today she is a second-year education student and owns a catering business. Maleka is...

Why the sixth love language could actually be food

In his book, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, Dr Gary Chapman reveals that each of us primarily speak with one of five so-called...

Young cook chasing her culinary and teaching dreams

Nothing can stop the fiery determination of Kamogelo Maleka. The 24-year-old has her eyes dead set on achieving both her culinary and teaching dreams....

Potatoes SA ensures Mzansi gets quality taters

In Mzansi, a home cooked Sunday lunch is nothing without a deep fried or oven baked potato. Our nourishing local spuds are believed to...

To Karen cooking simply is like breathing

While some people are born with an instant love for all things edible, food writer Karen Hart discovered her passion by accident. Thirty-seven years...

Spiritual healer now champions traditional Khoi plants

There’s a river which runs through Zuurbraak, a little village just outside Swellendam in the Western Cape. The river has its source in the...

RECIPE: Zanele Van Zyl’s Mutton Bunny Chow

Chef and cook book author Zanele Van Zyl hosts cooking classes across the country. She says her dishes are simple and fast to prepare....

RECIPE: Koketso Khule’s Samp and Beans

Geography educator and cook Koketso Khule uses VAT-Free items almost daily in his cooking. As a student he regularly used VAT-exempt products as they...

HIGHLIGHTS

Sebastian Newman always knew his future would be filled with food

A sweet Sunday obsession in the kitchen turned out to be the stepping stone for Sebastian Newman’s skyrocketing culinary career. The 23-year-old chef, food...

Earthchild Project changing lives, one worm at a time

Don’t underestimate the power of the humble earthworm. They may be crawly and slightly slimy, but they’re changing lives at eight underprivileged schools in...

There is power in food to unite Mzansi

“I learnt early on that food unites people and we can learn so much from each other’s culture through tasting it.” So says Ulla Pakendorf-Loubser,...

Raw vs processed food: All you need to know

Some of the latest food trends, such as “raw foods”, “clean eating” and “juicing” are making us super aware of the fact that processed...

Now the Chinese are going gaga for African foods

When he first set foot off the plane, a young Chinese boy approached him. The boy wanted to rub his finger against him to...

The story of an atypical farmer driven by purpose

Charles Back had an unusual response to a farm attack that almost killed him. Unusual because he refused to let it start a race-based...

Japan gives Mzansi’s Rooibos their nod of approval

It is an understatement to say that Japanese folk love to drink tea. For them, it is more than just a hot drink. Mingwei...

You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted Thembeka’s chicken wings

There are many ways to communicate, and cooking is one of them, says Thembeka Sibanyoni the 28-year-old star of Tee’s Cooking Addiction, a leading...

Siphokazi’s hard work transforms her into a well-known cook

The life of Siphokazi Mdlankomo is a testament to those who believe you are never too old to reach your goals. In 2014 her...

Agriculture can be the big YES for unemployed youth

Agriculture and tourism can offer the key for unemployed youth to gain access to the South African economy, says dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Chief Executive...

Xoliswa chases her culinary dream one day at a time

As a 14-year-old, Xoliswa Mngqibisa started invading her mother’s kitchen with her own cooking inventions. This has given her a great advantage to build...

‘Spinach Lady’ inspired by agri careers

In Magaliesburg in Gauteng the Farmers Choice founder, Andile Matukane, is known as “the Spinach Lady”. Both her parents are teachers and farming never...

Former taxi boss well on his way to commercial farming

Growing up on a farm in Heilbron in the Free State, Paul Mvelekweni Malindi had some experience with livestock. However, moving into the world of modern farming...

LesDaChef: Big man in the kitchen

Lesego Semenya (37) can easily be mistaken for a wrestler or rugby player with his buff physique. But the only thing this chef is...

10 Ways to Eat Organic on a budget

Choosing to buy organic can seem out of reach for most people, but this is not always the case. If you haven’t made a...

Sheep shearing shed used as a day care centre for 50...

In Jarha village near Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, a sheep shearing shed is being used as a day care centre for more than 50 children....

The Lazy Makoti decided to cook instead of farm…

Mogau Seshoene, also known as The Lazy Makoti, is cooking up a storm and it is all done in celebration of South African food. Although...

Rape survivor builds healing space for women

Across the globe a war is on the go. A brutal war. A senseless, spiteful war. A war as old as humanity itself. A...

Vuyani Lolwane carries on his father’s farming legacy

Vuyani Lolwane knows there is a world of possibilities in the soil and he is not afraid to chase them. His late father, Thando,...

Memories of my late mother in the month of May

It’s the month of May. The month of labour. The last month of autumn. The first month after the Easter holidays. The month of...

10 000 learners expected at nationwide Agri Career Roadshow

Four weeks. Four provinces. Ten thousand learners. The VKB Food For Mzansi Agri Career Roadshow kicks off on Monday in Phuthaditjhaba in the Eastern...

Third-generation farmer builds his father’s legacy

Love for the land runs through the veins of third-generation farmer and agri-leader Jaco Minnaar (42). He has spent his entire life dedicated to...

‘Talking to the chiefs is an uphill battle’

At the age of 92, Dr Sam Motsuenyane is as committed to the betterment of black lives as he was back in in 1964...

Lunch with one of the Karoo’s most beautiful flowers

Lizzy Snoek of Lizzy’s Khaya in Vuyolwethu Township outside Steytlerville calls herself a “Domestic Queen”. We call her quite marvellous. Lizzy was born on the other...

Land debate ‘clouded by misreports, lack of data’

South Africa’s parliament has passed a resolution to amend the constitution and allow expropriation without compensation. The decision has generated a storm of gigantic proportions as...

From wine beer to Japanese rice wine, ProWein is a local...

So, there I was, on my way to Düsseldorf in Germany for the 25th edition of the ProWein trade fair, trying my best to...

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...