With her ever-present smile and obvious skill in the kitchen, Siphokazi Mdlankomo stole Mzansi’s heart on M-Net’s MasterChef series. While working her way towards becoming the competition's runner-up, she wowed the judges with each hearty home-cooked dish. But before she became a culinary star, she was just a village girl who loved to farm and bake.
Like thousands of South Africans, Andriette de la Harpe was dumbstruck when she lost her job in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Slowly, but surely she got her mojo back – and today she is the inspiration behind a cakery that helps people to create new memories.
With nearly 25 000 followers on TikTok, chef Zingisa Memela says she is on a mission to bring healing to small eateries throughout the country. She shares all her dining experiences on the popular social media platform.
Imagine being a chef surrounded by a tea plantation and rainforest. This is the life of Bernard Hartzenberg who shares a little bit of South Africa with every meal he cooks for the world’s rich and famous. Truth be told, though, he really misses slaptjips and vetkoek.
Several research units that specialise in the control of invasive species using insects have stopped getting funding from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE). One unit has already closed down and others are at risk.
Many years ago, Thabani Bhengu played professional football for Jomo Cosmos. Today, he is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s proudest farming sons. He tells us, “Agriculture is life. It’s like growing your own cash.”
With summer months fast approaching and growing concerns about extreme weather events, livestock experts are warning farmers against the effects of heat stress on their animals. It is not always fatal but can also affect animal production.
Food For Mzansi is an initiative to introduce South Africans to the unsung heroes of the agricultural industry. We unashamedly share success stories and good news from the farms and agri-businesses who feed South Africa. We believe in the power of agriculture to promote nation building and social cohesion by telling stories that are often overlooked by broader society.