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E Cape entrepreneur takes amaranth to wider market

Indigenous plant lover Regina Kasongo has managed to turn her love for indigenous foods into a sustainable business. She grows amaranth, a crop that thrives with little water and even in...

RECIPE: Chef Zanele Van Zyl’s pickled fish

Easter time is synonymous with fried fish, curry and warm cinnamon hot-cross buns. Mzansi is known for its lekke Cape Malay curry-soaked fried fish, but we’re in the middle of a nationwide lockdown and can’t travel home for mom’s pickled fish.   Celebrity chef Zanele Van Zyl has...

RECIPE: Braised ox tongue salad

Beef tongue is one of those undeniably delicious delicacies that South Africans just can’t get enough of. With its subtle flavour and dense muscle texture, when it is slowly braised on a low heat in a...

RECIPE: Baking bread is sentimental for veteran journo

Bread is a staple food prepared by baking a bonded dough of flour and water. Delivered by the ton daily and usually easy to prepare, bread is an afterthought for many. But...

RECIPE: Pumla Brook-Thomae’s fluffy dhombolo and spicy pickled bean chakalaka

A hearty plate of food isn't complete without a slice or ball of iDhombolo. The steamed bread is a customary favourite within the African community. Home cook Pumla Brook-Thomae says she...

RECIPE: Mopane White Bread

Chef Mario Barnard is anything but ordinary. The 28-year-old says his dishes are good for the environment, jam-packed with fibre and magnesium - and made with insects. Barnard is the resident chef...

Traditional food ‘has a story to tell’

Chef Farzana Alvarado believes that every traditional dish has a rich history with a story to tell “about its origin, how it’s prepared and how it brings people together”. Culture, she says,...

RECIPE: Slow Cooked Tripe

In 2016 Vanessa Dossi, a 28-year-old digital marketer and self-taught cook, turned her food blog into a lucrative business and she hasn’t looked back. It all started when a number of...

RECIPE: Boitumelo ‘Tumi M’ Maphothoma Spicy Garlic Chicken Feet

Boitumelo ‘Tumi M’ Maphothoma cooks to escape the hustle and bustle of every day. This young foodie from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga is a psychology and international relations graduate, and while cooking...

Metjie turned her food hobby into a business

Four years ago, Metjie Shongwe decided to turn her food hobby into a booming business. Her budget-friendly recipe posts on social media have reached thousands of people on Facebook, leaving most...

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Ask the vet: Mfethu, here’s how to prevent cow bloating

This week, an animal nutrition consultant helps a Food For Mzansi reader who struggles with bloating in dairy cows. High-yielding cows often suffer when from high-grain diets, but there are a few tips that will save the day.

African swine fever creeps closer to the United States

African swine fever is making its way around the world, and meat processors and agricultural officials in the United States are hard at work to ensure they are prepared for a possible outbreak of the highly contagious viral disease.

How Voermol changed the game for this Free State farmer

Eugene van der Walt has been farming for just over a decade. His operation has improved drastically since he discovered Voermol’s products.

The most adorable story you’ll read today. Fact!

This grade 8 learner’s future is so bright, he has to wear his shades! At 14, he is already farming with chickens and veggies in his parents’ backyard. His dream job? You’ll never guess… (No, it isn’t farming.)

Inland fisheries policy ‘can only work if implemented’

The inland fishing communities of Mzansi are looking forward to the day they can legally make their living. They have welcomed cabinet's recent approval of the draft National Freshwater (Inland) Wild-Capture Fisheries Policy as a first step towards decriminalising small-scale fishing from the country's rivers and dams. They fear, however, that it might be another five years before policy becomes reality at a local level.