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How Whernit went from labourer to tip-top farmer

At age 28, Whernit Dirks’ life is proof that your circumstances do not have to define your life path. Not too long ago this...

Chef Liziwe Matloha shares her recipe for success

Chef Liziwe Matloha’s desire to be the best in everything she does is her recipe for success. This drive has served her well, leading...

Mzansi experts set to revive Russian sheep industry

For the first time since the Second World War, Russians will be able to enjoy lamb more regularly, thanks to a business deal recently...

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...

Pioneering nut farmer is breaking barriers for women

When Busisiwe Molefe started farming macadamia nuts, she frequently felt scrutinised and even mocked as a black, female farmer who was new to the...

Keeping a community’s traditions alive through cooking

Fatima Sydow was raised to celebrate and share in the traditions of her neighbours. She has managed to turn this and her love of...

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...

Community-supported private school lifts up rural kids

For children living in the deeply rural Winterberg Conservancy in the Eastern Cape, sustainable quality education is considered a privilege. For the past 25...

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....

LIFESTYLE

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...

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,...

Easter cheer with SA farmers and their families

Easter is known globally as the oldest festival of the Christian church, celebrating the resurrection of Christ. For some it is a time to...

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...

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...

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...

How old are the ‘fresh’ fruit and vegetables we eat?

Discovering the best fresh produce at your local grocery store or market is always a win, especially when you’re looking to cook up an appetising...

‘Coffee is my first love, but you can be my second’

A good cup of coffee can actually leave you weak in the knees, and at a loss for words with a high temperature. Seriously....

‘Let’s make South Africa a great nation,’ says Felicia

Iconic talk show host Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, who now lives in the US, says her New Year’s wish is that South Africans would learn how...

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...

To Karen cooking simply is like breathing

While some people are born with an instant love for all things edible, food writer Karen Hart discovered her passion by accident. Thirty-seven years...

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...

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...

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...

Weird mushroom facts we bet you didn’t know

One of the great things about mushrooms is that they're in season all year long. They're also a great source of vitamins D and B and, above all,...

HIGHLIGHTS

South Africans braaing to eliminate red meat surplus

South Africans sure have a peculiar way of dealing with our problems. With the drought persisting and compounding the effects of a recent foot-and-mouth...

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...

Former car mechanic now dreams of farming commercially

These days Petrus Tsotetsi might be a successful farmer, but not too long ago he was fixing cars for a living and also previously...

Queen bee set on giving beekeeping a young and vibrant face

Mokgadi Moloko Mabela’s father gave her the gift of honeybees, and today she is set on giving beekeeping and farming a young and vibrant...

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...

Retailers committed to community-based food security

Food For Mzansi is giving South African retailers the thumbs-up for bold initiatives taken to create greater market access for smallholder farmers. Whilst not a...

Going underground with a mushroom farmer

How does a young woman take over a farming business from her father to double production, carve herself a niche in a highly competitive...

Stone fruit season has just arrived – and the fruits are...

Stone fruit season is here! Be prepared to see them everywhere – at the shop, in your house and eventually in your mouth. Why?...

Cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage – one healthy green family

Did you know that cauliflower and broccoli stem from the same family? Yip, so does kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts and even collards. They are...

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...
Sunflowers more versatile than you could possibly imagine.

Things you didn’t know about sunflowers

We all know that sunflowers are considered to be a “happy flower”. A bright sunflower bouquet is the easiest way to chase the clouds away....

‘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...

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...

From death’s door to a master of agri-innovation

"I hated farming when I was a child," proclaims Nonhlanhla Joye, a 51-year-old award-winning farmer from Cato Manor, just outside Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. "While...

Sheep shearing shed used as a day care centre for 50...

In Jarha village near Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape, a sheep shearing shed is being used as a day care centre for more than 50 children....

‘Food is a great unifier,’ believes leading agri-preneur

While other learners in her grade 11 secondary school year responded with unsurprising answers to questions posed by a teacher about their career ambitions,...

How Siphiwe became a praise singer for African foods

As a young girl, Siphiwe Sithole dreamed of being a singer. Images of gracing the international stages of the world, her gift for song...