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10 tips to cut down on animal feed costs

Farmers have been warned to brace themselves for a period of rapidly increasing animal feed and production costs, with the prices of some animal...
Soil is the foundation of most types of agriculture, yet soil health is negatively impacted by many farming practices. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

Regenerative agriculture ‘turns soils into sponges’

While farmers in many provinces are still suffering from soil erosion due to recent heavy rains, experts urge them to adopt regenerative agriculture practices...

‘Help! There’s a snake on my farm’

Last week we shared the astounding story of Durban snake catcher Nick Evans, Mzansi’s own Steve Irwin, as the adjudicator in a python vs. goat battle. (No...
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Farmers’ podcast: Is nature an ally or enemy?

We are moving into an era where nature’s abilities are enhanced by new scientific approaches,  believes  Dr Naudé Malan, lecturer and founder of iZindaba Zokudla, a Soweto-based farmers’ lab. He...

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COVID-19

Malnutrition is ‘a slow violence against our children’

The triple burden of malnutrition has cast a long shadow on children and their futures, robbing them of health and wellbeing, condemning them to...

Battling Covid-19 in a rural community

The Xhora Mouth area of the Eastern Cape is about 100km from Mthatha by car. The first 60km is a sporadically potholed tar road,...

‘A school of refuge amid Covid-19’

It is back to school today for more than 12 million learners. Many are anxious after a recent spike in Covid-19 infections and death....

Garlic prices too high? Plant your own!

If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed that the past few months have seen record-high prices of immune boosting foods such as...

Future Farmers: Global internships on ice due to Covid

The future of a proudly South African initiative to give young farmers international experience, hangs in the balance due to travel restrictions in the...

Food prices: ‘No rest for poor mothers’

“There is no rest. There is no peace. We must hustle,” said an Umlazi woman who participated in a six-month research study on the...

LIFESTYLE

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...

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...

Coffee shop owner wants to keep the spirit of Ubuntu alive

Nonjabulo Nzuza’s biggest culinary achievement to date is opening and successfully running her own coffee shop, Sweet & Savoury Café. In her cosy café...

RECIPE: Pumla Brook-Thomae’s fluffy dhombolo and spicy pickled bean chakalaka

A hearty plate of food isn't complete without a slice or ball of iDhombolo. The steamed bread is a customary favourite within the African...

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...

What’s in my juice?

A juice box for lunch, a fruity drink at dinner or even an entire meal replacement for breakfast is how most people consume juice...

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MZANSI RECIPES

Recipe: What the cluck? 3-ingredient roast chicken

Nothing beats a simple golden roast chicken on a Sunday! Chef Andrew Jordaan (49) has a no fuss recipe, and get this, you only...

Plant-based diaries: Taking the veg life to work

The start of 2021 was like no other year any of us has experienced before. Luckily, we see our world slowly returning to some...

Recipe: Feeling fishy? Make this fish biryani

Looking for a little soul food? Owner of catering business PriMade, Apriena Jugoo Pummer, has just the fix for you with her recipe for...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Get the hell out of chef Andrew’s kitchen!

Project Runway host Heidi Klum is famous for saying, “One day you’re in, and the next day you are out.” When British celebrity chef...

Food inspiration is all around, believes Apriena

So, what do you do when your cooking mojo runs dry? Turn to that box of Salty Crax you have been saving for a rainy...

Chanel hits the sweet spot as food blogger

Many South Africans would much rather put their thumbs to work for an Uber Eats request than hit the kitchen after a long day’s...

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LATEST ARTICLES

From going bust to supplying Spar in just 6 months

In the heart of Mbokotwane, a village less than 20 minutes away from Tsolo in the Eastern Cape, a black-owned farming business empowers youth...

What’s behind SA’s avocado tiff with Tanzania?

As Mzansi celebrates the start of its new avocado season, the country is locked in a bitter fight over Tanzanian avocados. This, after a...

7 (not-so-easy!) ways to get farmland in SA

We all know how important farming is for our livelihood in Mzansi, not just as an employment opportunity, but to feed and clothe our people....

Inside the theatre for innovative heart surgery on dogs

An innovative canine surgery performed at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital has pioneered the use of a technique that, until now, has only been possible at global universities and a few...

With a degree in the bag, Keneilwe, still chose farming

Growing up in the village of Ga-Mokgopo in Limpopo, Keneilwe Raphesu (23) had always loved the adventure in rural living. There was a sense...

We meet SA’s first farmer to exceed trade standards

Halala, Mzansi! A pome fruit producer outside Ceres in the Western Cape has become the first in the country to exceed ethical and environmentally...

Black farmers plead: ‘Stop calling us emerging farmers’

Farmer and farming development leader Sinelizwi Fakade says black farmers have had enough of being treated like the forgotten child of South African agriculture....

BATSA accused of terrorist funding, ciggie smuggling

The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association says it is "unsurprised" by BATSA’s deflection following its implication in an alleged organised crime syndicate that was...

Police murders: ‘Farmers, SAPS key to national stability’

The agricultural sector has condemned the murder of six police officers in the last ten days. While police minister Bheki Cele called on officers to...

What you should know about SA’s first land court

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, hopes the Land Court Bill will breathe new life into the country’s land...

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