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Walking the ancient livestock paths of Namaqualand

The Kamiesberg Upland in Namaqualand is a place of cultural and botanical richness. In the Leliefontein communal area of this region one still finds...

Former paratrooper is now an ethical food warrior

It’s safe to say that young farmer Robert Patson is a bit of an adventure junkie. As a boy growing up in North Pine in Cape Town he was always on a quest. However, Patson’s journey...

PODCAST: Aquaponics pioneer farms in the heart of Tembisa

An Aquaponics farm in the middle of eKasi may be a concept that is unconventional to many. But, nonetheless, one such farm does exist...

Farmer’s love for soil led him back to the promised land

As a budding scientist, a young Morgan Brand could never imagine that one day he would end up back on his father’s farm as,...

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....

Hustling granny produces sweet township rosé

There is more to South African townships than meets the eye. Despite the countless pitfalls of township life, there are magnificent things happening every...

LIFESTYLE

Valentine’s Day: putting sexy back on your plate – at home!

While Valentine’s Day may get your heart racing, February also happens to be Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Month. Creating a Valentines experience at home that shows...

Change your first-date game with the perfect picnic

With the advent of “Netflix and chill” and Tinder hookups, old-school first dates have become a thing of the past. It has become corny...

Jabulile Dube unwinds in the kitchen

Cooking is meditation with the promise of a good meal afterwards, believes Jabulile Dube, a financial advisor turned food blogger and caterer living in...

RECIPE: Jabulile’s creamy chicken livers

Poultry meat is undeniably one of the most cherished meats around the world. From head to toe people not only enjoy the outer, meaty bits...

‘Hot sauce pioneer’ makes culinary magic

Borders and limitations do not exist for Kwa-Zulu Natal-born chef Nomcebo Ndlela. In her eight years as a professional chef, the 27-year-old has made...

RECIPE: Chef Cebo’s saucy amawotwana

It doesn't matter whether you call it walkie talkies, amawotwana or maotwana a koko. Chicken feet is a traditional township delicacy. Many local and...

CHANGEMAKERS

Limitations only make this economist more determined to succeed

For generations, black women in Mzansi have been rocks during times of adversity, often paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps. This is what inspired Grain SA junior agricultural economist Ikageng Maluleke to actively seek out her place in a predominantly male dominated industry.   The 30-year-old says growing...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: The Healthy Big South African Breakfast

Ulla Pakendorf-Loubser, who is also a health coach, took us all the way to the farm with a healthy South African farmstyle breakfast of...

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...

RECIPE: Local maize favourites Umdoko, Umqa and Maize Spiral Chips

The people of Mzansi are known for their love of corn or mealies. It’s a staple food in most households that give us our...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

A dietician’s food guide to clean, healthy eating

Functional flavour. Clean eating. Raw foods. Juicing. You've heard of these trends in healthy eating, but what do they mean? Food For Mzansi’s resident...

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

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...

Chef Nonto ready to sharpen her knife in the culinary industry

Some chefs dream of having their own restaurant, but Nontokozo Mkhonto has other plans, such as selling her own personalised cutlery range called Chef...

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Young farmer’s passion helps him weather the storm

The inspiring example of his subsistence farmer father and a leg up from a mentor was all this 32-year-old KwaZulu-Natal farmer needed. That, and his own passionate drive and hunger to succeed in...

SONA 2020: Agriculture leaders welcome ‘greater realism’

Agricultural pundits responded fairly positively to pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address (SONA), welcoming many of the announcements and clarifications he provided...

Master brewer sees a fizzing future for African beer

The craft brewing industry boasts many passionate women who are shining in this male-dominated industry across Mzansi. But there is one jewel in the...

Liewe Lulu: I’m ready for love, but…

Unlucky In Love (26) from Bothaville, Free State writes... To say the least, my luck with the ladies has been bad. In the past everything...

SONA 2020: State land to be released for farming this year

Government will be releasing about 700 000 hectares of state land for agricultural production this year, announced pres. Cyril Ramaphosa in his fourth State...

Valentine’s Day: putting sexy back on your plate – at home!

While Valentine’s Day may get your heart racing, February also happens to be Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Month. Creating a Valentines experience at home that shows...

Childcare workers feed thousands in Mzansi communities

Children have a right to be children – to play and to dream. They have the right to exist freely. So says Pat Maqina, a technical advisor and senior mentor...

WATCH: Faith is a survival skill for a farmer

For a female farmer, making her mark in the agri-sector has never been an easy task. Eugene Simons, founder of Algina’s Wholesale Nursery, knows...

Change your first-date game with the perfect picnic

With the advent of “Netflix and chill” and Tinder hookups, old-school first dates have become a thing of the past. It has become corny...

PODCAST: Soldier turned ethical farmer talks happy chickens

Farming never crossed Robert Patson’s mind growing up. Patson, who was born and raised in Northpine in the Western Cape, says most people he...

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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...

‘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...