Tapiwa Gunzha believes that African stories and cultures remain unheard too often; also that food is integral to the expression of culture. That is why he uses his range of ice creams with their African-centred flavours as a starting point to talk about Africa's cultural diversity.
Tapiwa Guzha went into the ice cream industry on a whim. But he soon realised that ice cream could be a vehicle for cultural expression, and today his mission is to celebrate and share the diversity of African cultures.
It has been a slow, steady race for herb farmer and agro-processing entrepreneur Basil Williams. Over more than two decades he has built his farming operation to where he produces more than 3 tonnes per month, most of which is now used to make his own range of pestos, sauces and dried herbs.
For Hope Matshepo Matlala, known as Chef Hope, there are many reasons to be hopeful these days. Since starting her chef’s journey, Matlala had faced some serious setbacks. Now, her very own juice brand is finding its way into local stores.
Like countless other entrepreneurs, this chef and juice manufacturer followed an unexpected path that led to their current success. She now produces popular high-quality juices and warns agripreneurs of the vultures always circling others' businesses.
In 2017, Phathutshedzo Marvelous Madula (27) had given up hope of securing the learnership he needed to finish his engineering qualification. Raised by his grandmother in Ha Mandiwana, Limpopo, he had hoped to change his family's circumstances through his qualification. After four years of searching without any luck, he gave up.
Born and raised in Rustenberg in North West, Katlego Ngwane (33) dreamed of being a lawyer as a little girl. Law runs in her blood, with her mother also being an attorney, but her inspiration came from an unlikely place.
After working in the information technology and software engineering space for almost 17 years, Nerudo Mregi decided to branch out into farming, eager to incorporate data science and technology into this field.
Amidst growing consensus that Mzansi is likely to emerge with more coalition governments after the 2021 elections, agriculture wants politicians to be mindful of their responsibility in ensuring food security.
Last-minute registrations for FairPlay and Food For Mzansi’s food safety webinar are now accepted. Top experts have been confirmed for Thursday’s discussion on some of South Africa’s most critical food safety challenges.
Food For Mzansi is an initiative to introduce South Africans to the unsung heroes of the agricultural industry. We unashamedly share success stories and good news from the farms and agri-businesses who feed South Africa. We believe in the power of agriculture to promote nation building and social cohesion by telling stories that are often overlooked by broader society.