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Organic gardener takes on food insecurity one garden at a time

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is the saying an organic gardener is living to do his bit in transforming the state of food insecurity in the townships of the Eastern Cape.   The 66-year-old former teacher has created more than 100 sustainable...

Dairy farmer finds joy in shaping the next generation

Leonard Mavhungu (40) has his work cut out for him managing three farms, four dairies, 4 000 cows-in-milk, 4 000 followers, 900ha of pasture...

New black-owned wine producer takes flight

A brand-new, 100% black-owned and managed wine producer is being born. The culmination of a 13-year-long development project will see the Elethu farm in Bonnievale shake off its training wheels...

Keep covid-19 info to kids on a need-to-know basis, urges psychologist

Sometimes a sneeze is just a sneeze, warns paediatric psychologist Dr Dane Channon in the latest episode of “Thandi and Captain Stay Safe”, Food...

‘You cannot sit all day,’ says award-winning Free State farmer

As income levels continue to rise in South Africa, the preference for meat products from local sources is set to keep increasing. This is...

‘Drop the one night stands and choose food with integrity’

“Sustainable food does not have to come at a high cost. In fact, it can be lekker food if you are willing to buy...

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COVID-19

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...

4 things happening in SA agri today, 24 July 2020

Earlier this week the restaurant industry protested against the covid-19 lockdown regulations affecting livelihoods and today the entire hospitality sector is standing up against...

BREAKING: Agri SA launches billion rand food campaign

Agri SA has announced the launch of a whopping R1 billion food surplus campaign, challenging both the private sector and government to gear up...

Farmers breathe a sigh of relief as covid-19 vouchers’ validity extended

Smallholder farmers who have benefitted from the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development’s (DALRRD) R1.2 billion covid-19 relief fund say they can...

LIFESTYLE

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....

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...

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...

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...

Not all superfoods are super-expensive

The superfoods craze never seems to end, with hemp, cassava flour, seaweed and tiger nuts trending as this year's top superfoods. Finding goji berries...

RECIPE: Slow Cooked Tripe

In 2016 Vanessa Dossi, a 28-year-old digital marketer and self-taught cook, turned her food blog into a lucrative business and she hasn’t looked back....

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Sorghum flapjacks

Food anthropologist, author, chef and commentator Dr Anna Trapido is not a fan of quinoa, as widely touted as it is. When it comes...

RECIPE: Vegan umfino with rosemary garlic mushrooms

If you are looking for something nice, warm, and hearty to eat with your stew, umfino should be your go-to. Umfino is a traditional South...

RECIPE: Curried oxtail and creamy polenta

If maize had an elite cousin its name would be polenta. Home cook Lihle Mahambehlala makes a creamy polenta with the age-old South African...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Covid-19 ‘put black female representation in restaurants on the back burner’

In a world where professional kitchens have long been dominated by white males, Dr Anna Trapido believes that it is about high time that...

Veganism doesn’t need to break the bank, says food blogger

For some, the thought of going vegan or vegetarian leaves them in an utter frenzy. Meat is the staple of most households and while...

‘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...

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Breaking: SA’s booze sales ban now threatens EU trade deal

The continued ban on alcohol sales is now posing a threat to South Africa’s largest trade partnership with the European Union (EU). In a...

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...

AgriSETA Learner Connect: Meet a citrus and table grapes product specialist

It's been 26 years since Adriaan Badenhorst started working in the fruit industry, and he has no regrets. As a product specialist in citrus...

4 things happening in SA agri today, 11 August 2020

After a long weekend of celebrating the fierce #SheBosses of agriculture, Agritourism South Africa has invited all women in the sector to join their...

‘I always knew I was going to be a farmer since I was 14 years old’

While other girls in her community wanted to become ballerinas and go to university, 24-year-old Salomè Scholtz, from a small farming town in the...

Women’s Month: 15 #shebosses have a message for men in agri

While agriculture remains a predominantly male-dominated sector, a generation of female powerhouses have already taken up space and, if you ask us, chances are...

Cigarette Wars: Producers watch helplessly as growing season passes

Uncertainty caused by the ban on tobacco products has forced many producers in the multibillion-rand industry to watch helplessly as their planting season passes...

Liquor traders to address gender-based violence in township ‘tavern dialogues’

The National Liquor Traders Council (NLTC) has announced the planned launch of the “Tavern Dialogues” on Women’s Day to combat gender-based violence and femicide...

AgriSETA Learner Connect: Meet a research scientist

As a city boy, Dr Igshaan Samuels (41) never imagined a career in agriculture. A keen interest in the environment led to studies in...

Liewe Lulu: Do I face reality or choose love?

Happiest chap in the world, from East London in the Eastern Cape, writes… Liewe Lulu, This past year with my girlfriend has been the best year...

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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...

‘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...

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...

Mkhize taunts smokers: ‘Nicotine addiction is not essential’

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once more defended government’s decision to extend the ban on the sale of tobacco products during the covid-19 lockdown ordered...