Farming runs in the family. Just ask Sinelizwi Fakade, an Eastern Cape grain farmer and our guest on this week’s new episode of the Farmer’s Inside Track podcast – now available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
If inspiration was a verb, Fakade’s name would be right next to it in the dictionary. Not only is he a genuinely nice guy, he also brings a fresh flavour to the exciting world of agriculture. Born in Upper Tabase, a village just outside Mthatha, he is a gifted farmer who also holds a Master’s degree in food security. If everything goes to plan, he will obtain his PhD later this year too.
Fakade is known as a mentor for Grain SA. He believes that farming can replace poverty with opportunity. “We have a huge problem in the country with the greater part of the population going to bed at night without having eaten a substantial meal for the day. You must make a choice to take a chance and be part of this journey or your life will never change.”
Besides Fakade’s super inspirational interview, episode 40 of the Farmer’s Inside Track podcast also boasts many other highlights.
In our agripreneurship slot a senior manager for agribusiness at Standard Bank, Bertie Hamman, talks about the benefits and disadvantages of having debt.
And then, based on your requests, we bring our popular Mzansi Flavour segment to this podcast. Every week, you will meet a local chef and be empowered with a top tip from nutritionist Andrea Du Plessis. As a media personality and former Expresso presenter, this registered dietician has a passion for healthcare through nutrition, natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle.
Our first Mzansi Flavour chef featured on Farmer’s Inside Track is Errieda du Toit, a well-known cookbook author and food commentator, who shares her secret to the perfect home cooked meal.
On the top of our reading list this week is, Meeting Your Power – Returning Home To Yourself by two remarkable women, DJ Zinhle and Nokubonga Mbanga. Their book is a reminder that power is inside all of us, and that your journey to empowerment begins with you.
The authors have experienced life’s ups and downs. They share the lessons learnt on their life journeys through inspirational words – words that will invoke your inner power, words that will help you return home to your essence, and words that will encourage you to return to the source of your power, the power that we are all born with. Prepare to meet your power and radiate your possibilities.
Food For Mzansi is also a proud media partner to this year’s Agri’s Got Talent competition. The top 10 farm workers were announced this week. Vinpro Foundation CEO Caroline Poole shares the vision behind this initiative. Also, Dr Johnny van der Merwe, an agricultural economist at North-West University, is back with this week’s AMT Fresh Produce Outlook on the fruit and vegetable markets.