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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...

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...

Hunger epidemic: The choice between safety and food

Where before the covid-19 pandemic many poor and food insecure households in South Africa ran out of food in the last week of the month, that...

New black-owned wine producer takes flight

A brand-new, 100% black-owned and managed wine producer is being born. The culmination of a 13-year-long development project will see the Elethu farm in Bonnievale shake off its training wheels...

Jobs Fund giving wings to thousands of unemployed youth

In a world where movers and shakers are often swaggering, Najwah Allie-Edries is a gentle giant who has in the last nine years quietly...

‘If only government would see us,’ plead Carnarvon farming duo

Farming is not child’s play, especially in the unforgiving Karoo sun. Just ask sheep farmers Juan Louw and Demetrius Sas, who joined forces after...

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

Consider these foods for your plant-based diet

A year ago I committed to an experiment of going vegetarian, as part of Vegan month in November. It did not go well. The reason...

Anosmic home cook tastes her way in the kitchen

“I read somewhere that great cooking comes from people who have an innate capacity to taste, see and smell, but I totally disagree”. So says 56-year-old...

Your guilt-free gift guide

At the end of 2018, few people cared as much about the impact of our consumption on the planet as they do at the...

Jozi chef is living out his wildest food dreams

“Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey ate my chakalaka!”  Umjita wa se Kasi (Kasi boy) turned gourmet chef, Katlego Sebastian Mlambo still has to pinch himself when he recalls serving former US president Barack Obama and legendary American talk show host and television producer - Oprah Winfrey an...

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...

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....

CHANGEMAKERS

Organic gardener takes on food insecurity one garden at a time

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is the saying an organic gardener is living to do his bit in transforming the state of food insecurity in the townships of the Eastern Cape.   The 66-year-old former teacher has created more than 100 sustainable...

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MZANSI RECIPES

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...

RECIPE: Cold Joburg (lamb shank, gravy and mash)

Winter has come back with a bitter vengeance. Many parts of Mzansi are reeling from the chill of June, with sub-zero temperatures and reports...

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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101 agri leaders on being 101 days into lockdown

Congratulations, South Africa. If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to day 101 of our unprecedented covid-19 lockdown. This is the stuff that history...

How covid-19 has changed SA consumer’s food buying habits

The devastating impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the South African economy has induced an unprecedented shift in consumer spending patterns as people try...

BREAKING: Another covid-19 blow for Nampo

It’s official. Nampo Cape has become the latest agricultural event to be cancelled amid the battle against covid-19. Grain SA says in a late-night...

‘Be consistently passionate,’ advises North West cattle farmer

Night fades into morning light when livestock farmer Tumelo Olifant (30) begins his daily routine. Farming can be riveting work on most days, he...

Tobacco wars: Fita lodges appeal application

There is a new glimmer of hope for smokers and tobacco farmers. The Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (Fita) has lodged an urgent appeal to...

SA’s biggest agriculture showcase is going virtual

After six decades in which it grew to be one of the biggest privately-owned agricultural exhibitions in the southern hemisphere, the annual Nampo Harvest...

Liewe Lulu: My manager is a dragon lady!

Imposter Syndrome from Johannesburg writes… Liewe Lulu, I completed my studies in agricultural economy last year cum laude. My achievements have afforded me the opportunity...

Astron Energy refinery explosion and diesel thefts hit farmers hard

The deadly explosion at the Astron Energy refinery in Cape Town this morning is set to compound the recent diesel shortage experienced by farmers...

Rand below R17 to the dollar mixed bag for agriculture, says Purchase

Although the rand strengthening against the dollar brings a mixed bag for agriculture, on the whole the effect will be positive and can contribute...

Three things happening in SA agriculture today

It is another busy day in South African agriculture. These are the top three happenings to take note of in Mzansi’s dynamic agricultural space...

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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...

‘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...

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...