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Rural and agri-schools fear covid-19 death trap

As learners across the globe are returning to classrooms, principals of rural and agricultural schools in South Africa are fearing that the pending reopening...

Witzenberg: Farming in a covid-19 hotspot

The covid-19 pandemic has impacted farmers in the Witzenberg municipal area in many ways. But what farmers and agri-workers from this area can all...

‘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...

Covid-19: ‘Farmers are godsend during this pandemic’

As South Africa enters its fifth consecutive week of the covid-19 lockdown the nation’s farmers have, once again, pledged their support for unprecedented efforts...

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...

Seeing with other senses: the story of a blind gardener

When you visit Vuyo Tsika (72) at his home in Delft on the outskirts of Cape Town, he’ll gladly tell you the painful story...

COVID-19

Lockdown: ‘Let us hunt,’ plead game farmers

The unprecedented challenges caused by the novel coronavirus have wreaked havoc throughout the entire wildlife industry. Without swift government intervention, game farmers are fearful...

World Hunger Day: Children suffer most

As the world marks the tenth annual World Hunger Day today and the United Nations World Food Programme predicts a worldwide hunger pandemic by the end of the...

Covid-19: ‘Keep your house clean,’ farmer advises rural employers

Some 330 kilometres from Cape Town lies the small hamlet of Koekenaap, a patchwork of farms where grapes, beetroot, pumpkin, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and...

Level 3 lockdown ‘risky for farming communities’

While many are celebrating the news that South Africa will soon move to level 3 of the covid-19 lockdown, a foremost infectious diseases physician...

Lockdown level 3: SA wine prices set to drop

The covid-19 pandemic has seen the demand for South Africa’s wine across the world decrease significantly, say players in the local wine industry.  The consumption of wines in restaurants...

Fed-up farmers turn to Facebook to sell their produce

Thousands of fed-up farmers, concerned that their enterprises would not survive a substantial decline in sales brought on by the covid-19 lockdown, have turned...

LIFESTYLE

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...

9 great holiday reads to brighten up the festive season

Looking for a good book to snuggle up with these holidays, or do you need a gift idea for someone's Christmas stocking? #TeamFoodForMzansi rounded...

RECIPE: Creamy ocean fresh pasta

Wingardium Levi-pasta! Think Harry Potter. Think magic. Think mouthfuls of flavour. It’s safe to say that pasta is by far a global favourite. “Give me...

RECIPE: The Lazy Makoti’s Chickpea and Bean Salad

Mogau Seshoene, popularly known as The Lazy Makoti, decided to cook instead of farm and she's charming Mzansi with her culinary skills. The 30...

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...

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...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Lockdown oxtail potjiekos

Winter is here! And it is time to scrub that cauldron and warm your soul an oxtail potjiekos recipe prepared by radio personality and retired rugby...

RECIPE: Harira vegetable soup with barley and quinoa

South African cookbook author and food stylist Dianne Bibby has travelled throughout the world. Though she has visited every nook and cranny of the...

RECIPE: Sweet chilli chicken wraps by Tharwat Londt

Wracking your head over what to make next? Beat the culinary boredom by adding a dash of tropical flavouring and excitement to your menu with executive chef Tharwat Londt’s pineapple chicken sweet chilli wrap recipe.   Just the right...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Retired rugby player honours mother’s legacy through food

Social media is abuzz with “lockdown chefs” who have taken to the kitchen to express their creativity. For many, cooking has become more than a hobby, it has been a way...

‘Food connects, food is love, food is community’

Food has the innate ability to connect souls, believes cookbook author Dianne Bibby. Food is a universal language, says the 52-year-old Johannesburg native who is also a food...

The future was written in the cosmos for chef Tharwat Londt

Chef Tharwat Londt (35) is no stranger to the professional kitchen, having started his career in food at age 19. Since then he says there has never been...

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LATEST ARTICLES

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...

Register for free webinar on ‘101 reasons to eat local’

Many rural communities have access to indigenous and traditional crops that are not only rich in micronutrients, but also likely to serve as a...

SA’s top agri podcast now features fresh produce market updates

There is a well-known Afrikaans saying among farming folk: ’n boer maak ’n plan. It is not easily translated, but it basically means a...

‘I feel like a king,’ says young farmer after unexpected Didiza call

Never in his wildest dreams did Free State farmer Nkosana Mtambo imagine that one day he would get a phone call from Thoko Didiza,...

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...

Covid-19: Bumper crops could help country bounce back

Experts in the agricultural sector are confident that the introduction of level 3 lockdown restrictions will bring relief to the food supply chain, which...

Township entrepreneurs on defensive about ‘spaza shop’ spin-offs

The Shoprite Group’s Usave retail chain recently introduced mobile stores in township communities to give people easier access to food purchases during the nation-wide...

From ‘write-off’ to multi-award-winning international crop exporter

When 27-year-old Uzair Essack saw his peers graduate two to three years before him, he never imagined that he would one day own a multi-award-winning export company that would gain...

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...

Didiza thanks farmers, agri organisations for generosity

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, has expressed her appreciation for farmers, farmers’ organisations and agribusinesses that go out of their way to show humanity towards the destitute.  May organisations showed ubuntu by donating and contributing food parcels,...

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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...

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...

Motsepe announces multi-billion rand fund for black farmers

Billionaire businessman Dr Patrice Motsepe says there are high-level discussions with, amongst others, the Motsepe Foundation and banks to launch a multi-billion rand fund...

Covid-19 ‘ten times worse than flu’, warns CT victim

Stay at home, pleads a Cape Town retail buyer who has just tested positive for the dreaded covid-19. He suspects that he was infected...