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Vuyani Lolwane carries on his father’s farming legacy

Vuyani Lolwane knows there is a world of possibilities in the soil and he is not afraid to chase them. His late father, Thando,...

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...

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...

Third-generation farmer builds his father’s legacy

Love for the land runs through the veins of third-generation farmer and agri-leader Jaco Minnaar (42). He has spent his entire life dedicated to...

Woman-led dairy farm booming

South Africa’s dairy industry is tough, but so is Jeanet Rikhotso, who is fast making a name for herself as a woman with an...

Mavis Hlatshwayo’s farm grows daily as she commits herself to it

For most of her life, Mavis Nomvula Hlatshwayo has been committed to farming. Although she only attended school up until grade 3, Hlatshwayo has...

The township food revolution has started

Food For Mzansi has enabled me to tell the stories of a series of tumultuous agricultural journeys and successes of black urban farmers around...

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...

Young agriculturalist serves farmers in the Eastern Cape

A 28-year-old agriculturist is spearheading Grain SA’s influential Farmer Development Programme in the Eastern Cape. Sinelizwi Fakade was attracted to farming from a young...

For these sisters gardening is a path to the future

On a plot of land in Waterfield, Limpopo, sisters Samora (44) and Malebese (51) Sekhukhune live in a house rumoured to have once been...

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PODCAST: Nigerian farmer encourages Mzansi’s youth to embrace agriculture

Edward Wisdom is a commercial farmer of African vegetables based in Vanderbijlpark, south of Gauteng. In 1996, he opened a shop in Braamfontein, which...

We’re celebrating our new Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, by cooking Umngqusho, her fave recipe

Look, it’s been a rather tough year for many of us, but on the flip side it has also been a year of bringing...

Women’s farming cooperative opens doors for others

For years, the founding mothers of the Bafazi Phambili Women’s Cooperative were used to living life on the breadline, reliant on government grants. That...

‘Diversity in unity’ is a powerful motto for this farming family

Third-generation farmer Vickie Bruwer of Genade Boerdery in the Northern Cape believes that mercy has carried his family through their farming pitfalls. A humble and...

Pumla Brook-Thomae harnesses her inspiration from her family’s food traditions

A farm girl at heart, self-taught cook Pumla Brook-Thomae says she has always been intrigued by the art of cooking - starting her journey...