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It Takes a Village

Weaving a future from shopping bags and other litter

Armed with plastic bags, masks and gloves, a handful of women started picking up rubbish across Motherwell in Gqeberha. They called in the help of environmental organisations and the Noziqamo recycling project was born.

‘Ghetto Gardener’ is gardening his way into a better life

Just when he thought he had run out of options, Ludwe Qamata, the 'Ghetto Gardener', turned his life around through community gardening.

‘Nationalise Clover to save farm jobs,’ pleads union

While North West dairy farmers insist that they are unaffected by Clover’s decision to shift production from Lichtenburg to KwaZulu-Natal, manufacturing employees seem to be facing a different reality. The General Industries...

The spirit of Moya We Khaya organic garden keeps giving

They say when women come together incredible things happen, but sometimes it takes one woman to plant a seed so that the ones who follow can reap the fruits. This has...

How 6 women and a garden are transforming rural village

When they ran out of resources and funds to keep their soup kitchen going, a group of women from Jekezi in Ngqamakhwe, a remote and impoverished village about 130km from Mthatha...

‘There is money in the soil,’ says community farmer

It was more than two decades ago when a group of 24 women and six men had the idea of starting the Siyazama Community Allotment Garden Association in their neighbourhood, opposite...

Epilepsy SA’s organic food garden brings healing

In the town of Parys, Free State a well-kept vegetable garden is providing therapeutic healing for the bodies and minds of people suffering from epilepsy and those living with disabilities. The lives...

Ma Pitso’s food garden makes safe space for kids

With the sun on their backs and the sound of kids playing in their ears, Mookho Pitso and her team of vegetable growers are setting an example to the next generation,...

Four friends are changing lives through organic farming

In a township riddled with poverty in a country where the youth faces staggering odds when looking for employment, four men have undertaking the challenging work of changing their own lives...

Seeding new futures through permaculture

When Leigh Brown, 48, started the SEED organisation twenty years ago, she envisioned an organisation that could connect children to food.   “We found this really big need of bringing, at that point, the...

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From brewery waste to spinach: SAB shines with Imifino

South African Breweries? Spinach? Economic salvation? You may be wondering how these seemingly incomparable items unite. Well, SAB has launched the first fully green biological treatment system for a brewery in Africa, creating much-needed jobs in the process.

FS state vet services ‘almost non-existent’

Getting a state veterinarian to visit their farms is close to impossible. This is according to livestock farmers in the Free State, who say that veterinarians often cite a lack of resources and empty fuel tanks as reasons for not doing call-outs.

Papaya industry in a seriously downward spiral

It is no secret that papayas are relatively easy to grow, but insanely difficult to market. Now an industry insider tells Food For Mzansi that the papaya industry is in a rapid decline with little hope in sight.

Mpumalanga PALS ‘a major step for land reform in Mzansi’

The establishment of Mpumalanga PALS shifts the focus from politics to sustainable agriculture, says Agri SA’s Christo van der Rheede. The critically acclaimed land reform initiative was launched at the Mbombela stadium moments ago.

Meyer steps down from FS chamber of commerce

Renaldo Meyer has resigned as the CEO of the Free State Chamber of Commerce and Industry with immediate effect from 18 October, 2021.