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‘Being black, young, female and the boss requires a thick skin’

Amidst the fresh dairy air and cow dung of a mega Eastern Cape dairy farm, you will find Sinokuphile Kekezwa dreaming that one day...

‘Fix broken food system to address child stunting in SA’

Food For Mzansi’s Sinesipho Tom chats to Dr Marc Wegerif, a lecturer in development studies at the University of Pretoria. He has done extensive...

From NSFAS to two agri-businesses and an upcoming PhD

Tumisang Ben Matshogo is a North West farmer who has always had his eyes forward and his mind focussed and ready to take on...

Innovative private land reform initiative is going national

Partners in Agri Land Solutions (PALS), an innovative private land reform initiative that helps starter and subsistence farmers, has extended nationally. The programme has been upskilling...

Rooiproppie and papsak: Can minimum pricing curb alcohol misuse?

Wine industry body Vinpro is in deliberations with the wine industry and the government to find the best possible solutions to address the problems...

Teenaged Merino farmer lives up to his bloodline

It takes many South African youngsters years after finishing high school to discover where their true passions and purpose lie. Babalwa Sokupha, on the other...

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COVID-19

Food safety not a worry with covid-19, says expert

Although much is yet to be learnt about covid-19 and the way it is distributed, it seems safe to say that it is not...

Didiza extends voucher dates in covid-19 support scheme again

The validity of covid-19 disaster support vouchers issued by government to small-scale and communal farmers has once again been extended due to supply chain...

Covid-19: Invest in small-scale farmers now for rural resilience

Small-scale farmers are extremely vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic, but their role in a sustainable rural food system is crucial. Hamlet Hlomendlini, senior agricultural...

Agri labs to help clear covid-19 testing backlog

The agricultural sector is stepping forward to help with covid-19 testing to augment the capacity of the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS). In order to...

Covid-19: A life of shame and stigma in rural SA

As Mzansi descends into the eye of the covid-19 storm, another “pandemic” has reared its ugly head. Those infected by the coronavirus, especially in...

SA bleeding R4 bn due to tobacco sales ban

After 119 days of the covid-19 lockdown, the ban on the sale of tobacco products has now cost the country over R4 billion in...

LIFESTYLE

Nompilo Mathe may not be a pro, but she reigns in the kitchen

Nompilo Mathe is not a professional chef, but she reigns in the kitchen. Known as the queen of cooking on social media, she plans...

RECIPE: Mopane Worm Chocolate Tree and Ginger Crumble Soil

For Unaty Daniel (37), becoming a chef was never something she planned, although her grandmother worked in the culinary industry. Before finding something that...

‘Food transports you to places you’ve never been,’ says foodie student

Food has the inherent ability to dissolve global borders, believes Johannesburg-based foodie and student Lihle Mahambehlala (21). She  has just about transformed the kitchen of...

Recipe: Roasted pumpkin fondue (made on the braai)

Chef Saveria Nkalashe says melted cheese can heal a broken heart, so ease those lockdown blues with this timeless dish. Nkalashe adds a bit of Mzansi flair though. Instead of...

‘Dancing chef’ is gliding through the culinary scene

Cape Town-born Davante Donjeany credits the powerful women in his life not only for his love of the kitchen. Like a time-tried recipe they...

Plant-Based Diaries: This is actually the flavour bomb your body has been craving!

As many may know, I love eating and cooking flavourful food. Over the years I have made several attempts to introduce vegetarian meals into...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Pan-seared porterhouse steak with mushrooms and charred cabbage

It’s almost festive season, the perfect time to share this pan-seared porterhouse steak recipe by private chef Cwenga Mbinda. It is paired with chilli,...

Plant-based diaries: Weeknight meals on a dime

Foodie Dané Vermeulen recently decided to adopt a plant-based diet for healthy lifestyle reasons. As a meat-lover this was no easy decision, but a sky-high blood...

RECIPE: Kitchen Queen makes a festive spread to remember

Renowned actress and singer Lucia Mthiyane kicks off the season of festive inspiration with not one, but three meals from her new cookbook, Kitchen...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

From cooking during Durban July to starting his own business in Cape Town

When you picture a typical chef, a former rugby player is probably not the first person that comes to your mind. Chefs are delicate...

From soap to soup, ‘Kitchen Queen’ revels in role as cookbook author

Of all the roles actress and singer Lucia Mthiyane has taken on, she most revels in the title of “Culinary Goddess.” With an avid love...

‘Food is the story of life, love and health’ says social media foodie

At its core food is a powerful vehicle for storytelling, believes social media foodie and designer Chuene Lefala (27). The Limpopo-born creative says that...

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Beefmaster pumps R30m. into Kimberley plant upgrades

The Beefmaster Group is investing more than R30 million into equipment upgrades at its production plant in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. The upgrades...

Strong partnership seeds success for 1 000 land reform beneficiaries

It’s 06:00 on a warm November morning and Dudu Nkuna is up early to check on the irrigation schedule for the 45 hectares of...

Proudly South African whisky goes green for sustainability

Proudly South African Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky – twice awarded as the world’s best grain whisky – has launched a limited-edition green label to...

Plant-based diaries: It doesn’t always have to be about meaty business

After a month and a half of plant-based meals, I have realised that it is much easier than I thought it would be. But...

First group of Western Cape agri drone pilots receive their wings

As agricultural drones get easier to fly and ever more automated, the Western Cape department of agriculture this week welcomed a host of recently...

From cooking during Durban July to starting his own business in Cape Town

When you picture a typical chef, a former rugby player is probably not the first person that comes to your mind. Chefs are delicate...

RECIPE: Pan-seared porterhouse steak with mushrooms and charred cabbage

It’s almost festive season, the perfect time to share this pan-seared porterhouse steak recipe by private chef Cwenga Mbinda. It is paired with chilli,...

Liewe Lulu: I have lousy friends…

Lost City Girl from Kuruman in the Northern Cape writes… Liewe Lulu, I feel like an outsider amongst my friends. Before lockdowns were implemented, I was a...

Moody’s downgrade puts Mzansi food security at risk, warn Agri SA

The action by Moody’s Investors Service to lower the Land Bank and Eskom’s respective ratings pose a risk for food security and overall economic...

Podcast: Two young movers and shakers in agriculture

In this week’s episode of Farmer’s Inside Track agricultural podcast we’re connecting with not just one, but two dynamic farmers – Taetso Tsebogo and...

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Here’s the official lockdown permit for essential services

This article contains a link to the official permit farmers and their workers will have to carry with them during the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown...

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...

Government ‘kicks 80-year-old farmer in the teeth’

For 80-year-old farmer David Rakgase government’s decision to include his farm on a widely publicised list of 896 state farms that are up for...

‘Government didn’t help us. The farmers did!’

It rained carrots, cauliflowers, onions, potatoes and butternuts in many poverty-stricken communities of the Western Cape this morning when three agricultural organisations joined forces...