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Side hustle: How teacher became egg farmer in lockdown

After his initial business idea of selling fast foods fell through in 2018 due to inadequate market research, Ntoampe Mashamaite (29) from Polokwane, Limpopo...

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Pollution: A farmer’s desperate cry as waste swallows his land

While the nation is engulfed in the Covid-19 pandemic, a Western Cape farmer would also like to draw attention to, what he describes as,...

Minimum wage: ‘A R350 increase feels like R3.50’

In the language of comparisons, a 16% increase sounds mighty impressive. For farmworkers, though, it translates to a new national minimum wage of R21.69...

Avocados: Armed thieves target ‘green gold’

For many years now, some have argued that South Africa’s high crime rate is the cause of housebreaking, robbery and theft. However, now it...

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Compensation fund:

What farmers should know about workplace injuries

In a brand-new monthly feature, Stephan Pietersen from Work Accident Support answers some of the most pressing farmers’ questions. This month, he discusses the...
Do you want to jump start your career in agriculture with an internship? Here are five tips to landing an internship in agriculture, and five agri internships for you to apply for. Photo: Food For Mzansi

Your guide to landing an agriculture internship

If you have just graduated from high school or from a higher education institution and are considering making a career in agriculture, landing an internship in the sector could...
This week’s podcast features (from left) Nicole Ludolph, Thomas Keet, Thalitha Zondi, Noluthando Ngcakani, Morena Khashane, Colin Steenhuisen, and Ares Ferrigni. Photos: Supplied/Food for Mzansi.

Podcast: Inside the avian influenza outbreak

Colin Steenhuisen, interim manager of the egg organisation of the South African Poultry Association, joins the Farmer’s Inside Track podcast to shed light on...

Aquaculture: Five tips to get started

Fish farming, or aquaculture, is a big hype in South Africa right now. With fish being considered more sustainable protein, in terms of health, affordability and environmental impact, it’s no...

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COVID-19

Alcohol bans: ‘Why did govt. disregard expert advice?’

The South African Liquor Brand Owners Association (SALBA) wants to understand why, despite opposing recommendations by the department of health, government imposed a complete...

Millions availed for struggling hospitality businesses

Just more than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic first hit Mzansi, black-owned hospitality businesses can finally apply for much-needed funding. This could be...

Malnutrition is ‘a slow violence against our children’

The triple burden of malnutrition has cast a long shadow on children and their futures, robbing them of health and wellbeing, condemning them to...

Battling Covid-19 in a rural community

The Xhora Mouth area of the Eastern Cape is about 100km from Mthatha by car. The first 60km is a sporadically potholed tar road,...

‘A school of refuge amid Covid-19’

It is back to school today for more than 12 million learners. Many are anxious after a recent spike in Covid-19 infections and death....

Garlic prices too high? Plant your own!

If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed that the past few months have seen record-high prices of immune boosting foods such as...

LIFESTYLE

RECIPE: Skilpadjies: A fireside favourite

Skilpadjies (tortoises) are a fireside favourite in Mzansi. Errieda du Toit, fondly known as the “Huiskok”, shares this recipe from her 10th published cookbook Share, an ode to community and the culture of...

Retired rugby player honours mother’s legacy through food

Social media is abuzz with “lockdown chefs” who have taken to the kitchen to express their creativity. For many, cooking has become more than a hobby, it has been a way...

How to entertain your kids and family on a budget

December is here! That means gift shopping and spring cleaning for the holiday visits. And your champagne glasses should be out for the bubbly...

Mzansi’s food trucks – not just boeries and slap chips

It seems that food trucks have exploded onto the South African culinary scene in the last few years. We meet two of the entrepreneurs who have...

RECIPE: Kitchen Queen makes a festive spread to remember

Renowned actress and singer Lucia Mthiyane kicks off the season of festive inspiration with not one, but three meals from her new cookbook, Kitchen...

Boost your body with a blackberry smoothie

Summer is here, and it is as if we suddenly came to the realization that we must get our bikini bodies in shape. Exercising alone won’t do the...

CHANGEMAKERS

FLATTEN THE CURVE

Here’s the best way to keep up to date with the latest, most reliable data on South Africa’s covid-19 tests, infections, recoveries and deaths.

MZANSI RECIPES

Recipe: Three recipes to celebrate Hummus Day

It’s International Hummus Day, and if you don’t already have this tasty vegan spread in your fridge, you are missing out big time. Our...

Recipe: Saffron risotto with veal stew

Making risotto doesn't have to be a challenge. Just follow this guide by head chef Shanon Peters for a tasty saffron risotto.

Recipe: Quick and easy quiche

Get real, Mzansi, even for a kitchen goddess cooking on busy weeknights and lazy weekends can be such a schlep.  Frozen, raw foods are no...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

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...

Chef’s dreams come to life in Joburg eatery

It is no secret that the impact of Covid-19 disruptions nearly decimated the global hospitality industry. Lockdown and restrictive regulations proved true the adage, “only...

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Farmer’s Inside Track is supported by Food For Mzansi. Inspiration for your business and life from South Africa’s farmers and agripreneurs. Love how we salute the unsung heroes of agriculture? Why not connect with us on our social media platforms.

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Growing medicine: Former nurse finds healing in the soil

Farming had been embedded into Busisiwe Mgangxela’s DNA before she was even born. On her mother’s side, Mgangxela (60) recalls that her grandfather, Albert Mahobe,...

Govt. buys Ventersdorp farm for evicted workers

Families evicted from the Blesbokfontein Farm in Ventersdorp, North West, two months ago, have been living in two municipal halls. Some of the evictees...

Confessions: Farmer’s bae stuck in honeypot

Torn and cornered from Mahikeng writes Liewe LuluMy girl’s best friend came to my house very upset recently after another incident of her bae cheating...

Karoo learners discover A to Z of study opportunities

Learners in the Karoo village of Murraysburg got exposure to hundreds of different agricultural and other careers showcased at an exciting expo hosted by...

Prioritise national biodiversity policy, pleads SA Hunters

The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters) believes a high-level government report has highlighted the need for a national biodiversity policy...

Agri SA calls on Didiza to probe ‘farm hijackings’

Agri SA has called on agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza to investigate the “hijacking of farms for personal gain” following...

‘Serious intervention’ to boost black farmers – Didiza

Agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza has called for a “serious intervention” to increase the contribution of black commercial-scale farmers in...

2021 wine grape harvest deemed to be excellent

This year's wine grape harvest has been one of the latest to start, and the longest. This, however, has resulted in "an excellent concentration...

Bayer pesticides ‘damaging health of SA farmworkers’

Bayer has hit back at research that claims it is developing and selling highly hazardous pesticide-active ingredients that are damaging the health of farmworkers...

When dreams came to nothing, her garden fed more than just her body

Every year, many people leave their homes in rural areas and migrate to cities to try and seek new opportunities to improve their lives. Unfortunately...

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