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From household chore to successful agribusiness

“Farming was part of a long list of chores we had to do growing up. We had no idea that what started out as...

LesDaChef: Big man in the kitchen

Lesego Semenya (37) can easily be mistaken for a wrestler or rugby player with his buff physique. But the only thing this chef is...

‘Treevolution’ has started across Sub-Saharan Africa

Imagine a world where green spaces and green living is popular and accessible to everyone. That is exactly what Greenpop envisions, and this Western...

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...

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,...

Reading, Running and Right-ing unlocks the future for farm kids

One woman’s compassion has led to the empowerment of hundreds of children, teenagers, their parents and women in rural communities in Mzansi. The initiative,...

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...

‘I was destined for this,’ believes aspiring dairy farmer

Kireshni Naiker believes to prosper in life, you can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. This aspiring dairy farmer...

Lunch with one of the Karoo’s most beautiful flowers

Lizzy Snoek of Lizzy’s Khaya in Vuyolwethu Township outside Steytlerville calls herself a “Domestic Queen”. We call her quite marvellous. Lizzy was born on the other...

FoodForward SA is connecting a world of surplus to a world...

More than 200 000 South Africans are being fed daily with surplus food that would have otherwise ended up on landfills. FoodForward SA, a non-profit...

Self-proclaimed girly-girl is a proud pig farmer

Things have never come easily for Mosele Lepheane. Perhaps that is why she often chooses to do things differently, choosing to branch out from...

Young manager dreams of owning the whole chain, from farm to...

Andile Siphesihle Ngcobo (25), never imagined himself as a farmer. But he’s always wanted to do something related to the food industry. “I thought of...

LIFESTYLE

Sugar: The Bittersweet Story

For the past 10 years, the debate about the health hazards of sugar has been raging locally and globally. This comes as no surprise...

RECIPE: Khayakazi Kepe’s Baked Chicken Liver Pâté

Food ambassador Khayakazi Kepe loved food before she knew she was good at it. Little did she know she'd build a career out of...

Cook Ella Mthethwa says food stole her heart…

Ella Gqinekile Mthethwa swapped her love for plants to pursue her dreams of becoming a culinary queen. Today she runs her own catering company...

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

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...

How to make Chef Nono’s ‘ginger beer with a twist’

South African cooking sensation Nono Mtshali might hold a degree in linguistics, but in her heart of hearts she's a chef - slowly but...

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...

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....

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...

RECIPE: Chef Funi’s Deep Fried Tripe

Chef Lufuno ‘Funi’ Sinthumule loves South African cuisine, although he feels that it is still underrated here in Mzansi. His prepared a traditional dish...

Dynamic Chef Pholosho Matondolo making waves in the culinary world

As a pescatarian, Pholosho Matondolo may not eat any meat except fish, but she cooks up a mean pork stew! Matondolo grew up in Seshego...

10 Ways to Eat Organic on a budget

Choosing to buy organic can seem out of reach for most people, but this is not always the case. If you haven’t made a...

RECIPE: Kamogelo Maleka’s Mopane Worms

Kamogelo Maleka started cooking at the tender age of 12. Today she is a second-year education student and owns a catering business. Maleka is...

Foods you thought were vegetarian, but actually aren’t

For most South Africans meat is the centre of any meal, although many others prefer plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables. I have...

Boost your body with a blackberry smoothie

Summer is here, and it is as if we suddenly came to the realization that we must get our bikini bodies in shape. Exercising alone won’t do the...

The Lazy Makoti decided to cook instead of farm…

Mogau Seshoene, also known as The Lazy Makoti, is cooking up a storm and it is all done in celebration of South African food. Although...

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...

Variety of milk options leave SA spoilt for choice

Choosing an everyday grocery essential like milk is not always the easiest thing to do. South Africans are really spoilt for choice, whether we...

You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted Thembeka’s chicken wings

There are many ways to communicate, and cooking is one of them, says Thembeka Sibanyoni the 28-year-old star of Tee’s Cooking Addiction, a leading...

How to create a garden that keeps on giving…

Providing for your family’s financial needs is proving more difficult with each passing day given the current state of the South African economy and...

We are cray cray about potatoes – and it’s a good...

South Africans love potatoes. Fact. Potato salad is the archetypal side-dish for braais. Our fish-and-chips shops would be nothing without “slaptjips”, slathered with salt...

Siphokazi’s hard work transforms her into a well-known cook

The life of Siphokazi Mdlankomo is a testament to those who believe you are never too old to reach your goals. In 2014 her...

RECIPE: Zanele Van Zyl’s Mutton Bunny Chow

Chef and cook book author Zanele Van Zyl hosts cooking classes across the country. She says her dishes are simple and fast to prepare....

Why the sixth love language could actually be food

In his book, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, Dr Gary Chapman reveals that each of us primarily speak with one of five so-called...

Call them walkie talkies or phoenix feet – chicken feet are...

South Africa has a distinctive food culture and a world class collection of traditional meals. Biltong, bobotie, gatsby, bunny chow and amagwinya (vetkoek) are...

RECIPE: LesDaChef’s Creamed Spinach

Chef and cook book author Lesego Semenya, also known as LesDaChef, says he doesn’t understand where the South African obsession with creamed spinach comes...

Believe it or not, your make-up actually has agricultural roots

For years women have built their confidence on how they look and how they feel about themselves. In addition, through the usage of cosmetics,...

Now the Chinese are going gaga for African foods

When he first set foot off the plane, a young Chinese boy approached him. The boy wanted to rub his finger against him to...

HIGHLIGHTS

Mzansi’s first black winemaker didn’t let rejection stop her

She may have been inspired to become a winemaker by reading her mother’s romance novels, but it was her steely determination to succeed that...

The alphabet soup that stifles rural development

Rural communities and emerging farmers simply cannot be looked at through the same lens as you would a commercial farmer. Ask me. I’ll know....

‘Farming brothers’ inspire with mentorship relationship

“Brotherhood is not based on the colour of your skin,” says Bishop Hlony Radebe, a black Free State farmer, about his mentorship relationship with...

‘I just did not believe that black people could farm’

Growing up in Thohoyandou in Limpopo I thought a farmer was… only of a certain colour. I just did not believe that black people could...

Don’t freak out, but how will we feed 9,8 bil. by...

Planning for the future is vital, especially considering that by 2050 nearly 10 billion people will live on the planet. The big question, however, is whether...

How vegan-friendly is your wine?

Wine is made from grapes, so all wines must be vegan-friendly, right? Not necessarily. More and more people are on the lookout for vegan...

RECIPES: Flavourful Flu Shots

Getting ready to defend yourself from the flu this winter? Try these dietary flu “shots”, a mixture of immune-boosting ingredients in a shot-glass. They...

Eureka farm homework centre nurtures learners to excel

On any given weekday, a few minutes before 3 pm, you’ll find a group of peppy learners chattering away while making their way to...

Perseverance turned an idea into a fynbos empire

A nursery that started out as a side hustle to earn an extra income turned into a great success story for Jacqueline "Jacky" Goliath....

Revival of small-scale cotton farming can push back rural poverty

There is an upsurge in small-scale cotton farming that can play a significant role in alleviating rural poverty. Cotton is being planted again in...

From failed au pair to wine icon in the making

Berene Sauls doesn’t walk. She power-walks. She is at work, and it's not by moving slowly that she had worked her way up from...

No milk and honey for Mzansi dairy industry

South African dairy farmers are facing an extremely challenging environment, with market forces turning big producers into corporate giants and putting extreme pressure on...

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...

Why little-understood indigenous foods are great for your health

South Africa has a diverse range of indigenous food crops which are not only a rich source of nutrition, but also good for preventing...

The rise (and rise!) of Mzansi’s craft beer movement

Five years ago, the term “craft beer” could easily have been mistaken for a swear word or an upper-class sangoma’s attempt at making ginger beer. Since...

Social entrepreneur combats food insecurity with portable veggie boxes

It is often when faced with an unpleasant situation that our talents, gifts, and abilities take centre stage out of sheer desperation. It is...

Ice-cream queen spreading scoops of love

An innovator, ice-cream trendsetter and an all-around phenomenal woman. Sinenhlanhla Ndlela, better known by the ice-cream community as Sine, is showing the world that...

About 30% of food produced in Mzansi is lost or wasted

It is estimated that one-third of the food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted along the supply chain. This is a...

Positivity among hard pressed farmers impresses Irish agri journalist as he...

We’ve all seen and heard the news. Farm attacks in South Africa are reported almost on a daily basis to the rest of the...

No end in sight for SA’s love affair with potatoes

Are potatoes South Africa’s favourite veg? It certainly seems like it, based on how inflation-proof our demand for this versatile vegetable is. Despite increases in...

‘Talking to the chiefs is an uphill battle’

At the age of 92, Dr Sam Motsuenyane is as committed to the betterment of black lives as he was back in in 1964...

Celebrating our agri-workers – with some ways to go…

Every day for most people a short prayer of gratitude at mealtimes is a way to give thanks for the food they eat. But...

Your guide to the hottest fresh produce markets in Jozi

Johannesburg is often quite fittingly referred to as the New York of Africa. It's the City of Gold where creativity and innovation never sleep...

Agriculture can change SA, fruit industry body tells bursary holders

Hortgro executive director Anton Rabe says he believes in the power of agriculture to change the country for the better. Speaking to bursary holders...

Growing hope by the River Dzindi

The evergreen hills and valleys of Limpopo roll for what seems like an eternity. Its beauty catches the eye, captures the soul and remains...

Fake ciggies threaten farm jobs (oh, it also contains human poo!)

The illegal cigarette trade in South Africa is rated one of the highest in the world. Today, illegal tobacco products account for approximately 24%...

Don’t confuse ‘cotton gin’ with your fave booze

Ok, so there’s been a big explosion of craft gin in South Africa, but in case you were wondering, there is no relation between...