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Mushroom farmer works to make other families self-sustaining

When she was a little girl, Yolandi Joubert’s mother used to collect mushrooms in the veld with her grandmother on their family farm in...

Farming couple has their eyes set on the beef export market

“The vision of making a difference and being the change we want to see has kept us going throughout this entire journey, not forgetting...

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...

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The Farmer’s Inside Track Lockdown Diaries: Day 1 of 21

Congrats! You survived day 1 of South Africa’s unprecedented Covid-19 lockdown. The remaining 20 days will not be easy and, if you’re like the...

Urban farming was the saving grace for an unemployed youth

Three years ago, Mosesi Mosesi (28) was jobless and hopeless. When an opportunity for a learnership in horticulture came along, he took a huge leap of faith. That leap has completely changed his life,...

21 recipes to keep you sane during Covid-19 lockdown

Social distancing and to self-quarantine is Mzansi’s new normal. Our 21-day lockdown to try and limit the spread of Covid-19 has officially kicked in,...

Liewe Lulu: My monster-in-law says I’m not a real Makoti

Defeated Makoti from Zwelitsha in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape writes…  Liewe Lulu, where do I even begin. I met my super bae Sipho in my hometown of Pretoria five years ago when we were still at university. It was love...

Good food has the ability to heal the mind, says food...

Khanya Mzongwana has her fingers in many pies. The 30-year-old food stylist develops recipes for Woolworths TASTE Magazine  and Times Live and she’s a brand ambassador for Devil's Peak Beer.   She uses her innovative food brain to create dishes for the new kid on the culinary block, No Rules...