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Inner city farm brings life to Joburg

Refiloe Molefe (61) moves through her farm with the delicate swiftness of someone half her age. She works with a calming efficiency, shifting from harvesting her potatoes to watering cabbages, then...

Abalimi embodies ‘harvest of hope’ on the Cape Flats

It is said that the first component of social justice is adequate food for all. But what happens when you live in a country that has a population of nearly 59...

Eco-warriors grow food at public pool

Two eco-warriors from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal are using unconventional spaces to grow food. Delwyn Pillay (36) and Sean Kuryschuk (29) believe breaking agricultural norms and gardening in uncommon spaces is the...

Retiree helps women grow food for their families

A chance encounter 18 years ago has changed the lives of hundreds of people living in Mzamomhle, a township on the outskirts of Gonubie in the Eastern Cape. The plight of poverty...

Backyard gardeners tackle hunger and unemployment head-on

In Avian Park, a small community just outside of Worcester in the Western Cape, residents are tackling food scarcity and unemployment head on. The community has set up 34 backyard vegetable...

Woman-led farming enterprise seeks to revive indigenous vegetable markets in Mzansi

There’s a growing interest to revive the status of indigenous food crops in Mzansi and a group of urban, black, female farmers are determined to shake up this untapped market. In Lenasia,...

Community garden feeds 400 orphaned and vulnerable children daily

In the Mpumalanga province lies the rural communities of Huntington, Lilydale and Justicia. There, a woman with a heart of gold is ensuring that 400 orphaned and vulnerable children are fed,...

Parys women rise up to feed Mzansi

In the township of Tumahole in Parys, four women have made it their mission to provide their community with affordable and easily accessible, healthy food. Located on the outskirts of the Free...

Kasi sport academy inspiring a culture of farming

The blissful laughter of athletic women and children with green fingers can be heard echoing through the township of Tsakane Mashona, Extension 12 in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. This is thanks to the local...

‘Neighbourhood Farm’ creates jobs and tackles food security

“We’re trying to create a mosaic of urban farms that grows food, minds and our communities,” says, Neighbourhood Farm founder and chief executive officer Justin Bonello. He has made it his mission...

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Weekend weather: Fire warnings for parts of Mzansi

The weekend is here, and a number of weather warnings have been issued for parts of Mzansi. According to AfriWeather, an affiliate of the South African Weather Service (SAWS), impact-based warnings have been issued for the several provinces.

Agri, eco sectors to join forces against climate change

Environment, forestry and fisheries director-general Nomfundo Tshabalala wants South Africa’s environment and agriculture sectors to band together in the fight against climate change.

Food, glorious food! Grow it, savour it, share it

World Food Day will be celebrated on 16 October as a collective call to action against global hunger. Food brings us together; it is...

Recipe: Chef Amanda Manyatshe’s African risotto

It's the ultimate Italian comfort food – with an African twist. Instead of a silky and tricky arborio rice, chef Amanda Manyatshe makes her...

Drought in East Africa: scientists sound the alarm

AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE: Sophisticated weather predictions paint a grim five-year picture for every country from Ethiopia down to South Africa. But without wise action these predictions mean little. Scientists sound the alarm.