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‘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...

11-year-old releases covid-19 cartoon series in 11 languages

While millions of South African learners are terrified by the covid-19 pandemic, an 11-year-old cartoonist and entrepreneur has used the extended lockdown to create...

From struggling farmer to mentor

Armed with a bit of spare cash after working as a United Nations peacekeeper in Burundi, Gene Likhanya, chief executive officer of Madimbo Mac’s Pty, returned to South Africa...

Back to school: Don’t ignore kids’ coronavirus anxiety

With the first learners due to return to school after the covid-19 lockdown shortly, experts have urged parents to help their children cope with...

Farmer feeds 800 families on day of mother’s burial

A poverty-stricken community in the Western Cape this morning united in prayer for a Witzenberg farmer who honoured his commitment to feed nearly 800...

Natural capital: ‘Let’s put our money where our mouths are’

Instantly the blood is drained from the core of my being – syphoned on to the concrete floor. This leaves me paralysed at the...

COVID-19

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...

Africa can’t let covid-19 health crisis become a food crisis

The covid-19 pandemic’s injurious impact on African economies will clog income streams and induce job losses and subsequently affect the livelihoods of many in the continent, said the minister of the department of agriculture, land reform and rural...

Disrupted agricultural colleges start reopening for some students

Amidst elaborate covid-19 safety precautions and concerns about the effects of a disrupted academic year, agriculture students this week began returning to the campuses...

Chefs with Compassion: Turning waste into wholesome meals

An alliance of local and global organisations backed by 300 chefs, restaurant owners and volunteers have stepped to the fore to battle the immediate...

Farm watch patrols may now resume, confirms department

Farmers and farmer organisations have welcomed the resumption of farm watch patrols that had been prohibited during levels five and four of the covid-19...

Legal showdown for tobacco ban this week

The controversial ban on the sale of tobacco products is heading to court this week, with one of two cases expected to be heard...

LIFESTYLE

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...

RECIPE: Roast chicken and vegetables

Old-fashioned roasted chicken is always a good idea for any lunch or dinner menu. Cape Town realtor and home cook Miranda Steduto shares one of her favourites, roasted sticky barbeque...

RECIPE: Braised ox tongue salad

Beef tongue is one of those undeniably delicious delicacies that South Africans just can’t get enough of. With its subtle flavour and dense muscle texture, when it is slowly...

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...

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...

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,...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Phumzile Mbinda fusing the Middle East and Africa

Another cold front on the horizon for Mzansi this weekend! Why not warm your soul with this Middle East-meets-South African dish of isigwamba and...

RECIPE: Skilpadjies: A fireside favourite

Skilpadjies (tortoises) are a fireside favourite in Mzansi. Errieda du Toit, fondly known as the “Huiskok”, shares this recipe from her 10th published cookbook Share, an ode to community and the culture of...

RECIPE: Frikkadels that pack a fishy punch

A nice frikkie with a fishy twist: Home cook and TV personality Abidah Mohammed shares her secrets to the perfect flakey, crispy hake frikkadel.  Mohammed makes these hake frikkadels that will have your...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Get back to the kitchen, Mzansi!

Cooking is not time consuming, says Errieda du Toit. There is a need to break this stigma brought on by the convenience of fast...

Food is an expression of love, says food TV presenter

The novel coronavirus has turned our world upside down, but at least it has brought some new perspective, says food TV presenter Abidah Mohammed (52).   This is especially useful...

Chef has dreams beyond the professional kitchen

For chef Tefo Mokgoro (33) food is a creative conquest that tests both patience and ingenuity. While he admits that being a chef is hard work, his grit and passion...

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LATEST ARTICLES

Food clubs: Let’s turn the tables on SA’s deteriorating health

Sick people get sicker much easier and much faster than healthy people. It is really that simple. Once the first line of defence in...

Young coffee roaster plans to uplift smallholder farmers in Mzansi and Africa

At the beginning of 2007, Mhlengi Ngcobo was just another happy 13-year-old boy playing with his friends after school. Then suddenly he started getting...

Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 10 July

The agricultural master plan is in full swing and today vegetable industry stakeholders had the opportunity to give input. These are the top three...

How to wash fruit, veggies to safeguard them from virus

If you’re not already washing your fresh fruit and vegetables before consumption, you have got a problem. Two health experts, Andrea du Plessis and...

Liewe Lulu: Is there a proposal on the horizon?

Over The Edge from Bela-Bela in Limpopo writes… Liewe Lulu, I like to think that I am a smart girl who can make good decisions for...

Drowning craft beer industry pleads for support from state

Only 10% of South African craft brewers believe they will be able to continue trading in the near future if the current restrictions on...

Meet the man with the coolest job in SA agriculture

23-year-old Ziphezinhle Gabuza, better known as Boyzee, from Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal spent the past week teaching an artificial intelligence to count cattle on a farm in the Free...

Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 9 July

A large part of Mzansi is looking at a chilly weekend, with weather warnings directed at crop and livestock farmers. These are the three...

Durban chef channels her business ethic from motherhood

Under normal circumstances, chef Phumzile Mbinda (36) would be preparing to cater the biggest event on the Durban social calendar. As a regular caterer...

RECIPE: Phumzile Mbinda fusing the Middle East and Africa

Another cold front on the horizon for Mzansi this weekend! Why not warm your soul with this Middle East-meets-South African dish of isigwamba 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...

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...

Lockdown: SAB could dump millions of litres of beer

South African Breweries (SAB) is set to dump 130 million litres of beer if they don’t get permission from government to transport alcohol during...