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Mi Casa singer lives food magic, moment by moment

The food-loving musician J'Something shares his greatest food moments and lessons in an interview with Food For Mzansi. He reveals that his family, in fact, moved from Portugal to Mzansi to work in the food industry.

In the kitchen with singing sensation Jean Carlo

For Jean Carlo Ongansie, a Cape Town-born law enforcement official and singer, food is so much bigger than sustenance. It is a way of life. For him, “cooking is an experience. We need food to survive and stay alive. Food can make people happy or sad.”

Dashenka’s Indian heritage shines through her food

With her spices homemade to perfection, nothing makes home cook and food business owner Dashenka Naidoo (32) happier than sharing her South African Indian culture through food. Born in Laudium, a small...

Cape chef shares Mzansi food at pan-African table

Chef Amanda Manyatshe (37) is on a mission to share Mzansi food flavours with the world through a food business she calls For The Foodie in Me. Hers is a business...

Kasi chef: No stumbling block too high for Innocent

After more than a year living in a global pandemic it is safe to say that the game of life has changed. Now we live in a world where uncertainty reigns...

For chef Craig dreams are an unstoppable force

The culinary bug first bit Craig Jacobs (28) when he was a young boy kneading bread alongside his grandmother in her kitchen in the Cape Town suburb of Blue Downs. Growing up...

Culinary hobby becomes fruitful business for Angolan cook

After being retrenched as a senior community manager for Wunderman Thomson, Edgar Do Nascimentos (42) turned his Covid-19 misfortune into prosperity with a food business he operates from his home in...

From children’s theatre to a culinary career

Fresh-baked breads, home-churned butter and bottles of jam were the norm where Marinda Engelbrecht grew up on a Durbanville farm in the Western Cape. Here her love for cooking would take root,...

Zuma loved Shanon’s local bites

It has taken resilience for Shanon Peters to build his career as a chef. He has cooked for Serena Williams and former pres. Jacob Zuma.

So, how fresh are frozen veggies?

There is a common belief that fresh is best and buying frozen veggies is a cop-out, but this is certainly not the case on the nutrition front. Frozen veggies are not as...

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New farmer: How to build cattle fencing right the first time

There are lots of reasons why you would want to build a fence on your farm, from separating properties, keeping your animals in and out of certain areas, and for security. But for whatever reason you might be building a fence for, you need to ensure that you do it well.

What you can do to prevent another booze sales ban

The alcohol sales ban has been lifted, but don’t be fooled: government won’t hesitate to impose another ban if Covid-19 continues to surge. Alcohol consumers have to play their part in drinking responsibly if they’re serious about saving the tattered industry.

Civil society efforts send ripples of change through SA

The key to combatting food insecurity is the creation of sustainable community-based food supply chains, argues Refilwe Pico, communications officer at the Seriti Institute. This non-profit is a developmental facilitation agency that helps communities and social partners reach their goals by delivering innovative, sustainable and comprehensive solutions to enhance socioeconomic impact.

Tragedy strikes Mauwane on ‘coldest night of the year’

Eric Mauwane, a vegetable farmer from Gauteng, lost everything on what was described as the coldest night in Mzansi this year. A heartbroken Mauwane tells us, “Everything is gone. The farm is completely gone.”

KOO recall: No, you really can’t eat defective products

Many are still holding on to some of the defective KOO and Hugo’s products that were recalled. Surely, all 20 million cans can’t be defective, right? Yes, says a top food expert, but “none of the recalled batches should be consumed.”