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Natural capital: ‘Let’s put our money where our mouths are’

Instantly the blood is drained from the core of my being – syphoned on to the concrete floor. This leaves me paralysed at the...

Farmer feeds 800 families on day of mother’s burial

A poverty-stricken community in the Western Cape this morning united in prayer for a Witzenberg farmer who honoured his commitment to feed nearly 800...

Spreading the spirit of Ubuntu through olive oil

These days, many people refer to Loyiso Manga as the new face of South African olive oil. But, truth be told, his journey to...

11-year-old releases covid-19 cartoon series in 11 languages

While millions of South African learners are terrified by the covid-19 pandemic, an 11-year-old cartoonist and entrepreneur has used the extended lockdown to create...

EXCLUSIVE: Wandile Sihlobo, SA’s hip-hop-loving economist

Wandile Sihlobo undoubtedly looks dapper in a suit when he’s rubbing shoulders with the likes of pres. Cyril Ramaphosa and minister Thoko Didiza, but...

No more ‘poverty food’ – African vegetables are the next big thing

South Africa’s indigenous food heritage has huge social and commercial potential, but it will require a “food revolution” involving chefs, farmers, researchers and government...

COVID-19

Farmers breathe a sigh of relief as covid-19 vouchers’ validity extended

Smallholder farmers who have benefitted from the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development’s (DALRRD) R1.2 billion covid-19 relief fund say they can...

Africa can’t let covid-19 health crisis become a food crisis

The covid-19 pandemic’s injurious impact on African economies will clog income streams and induce job losses and subsequently affect the livelihoods of many in the continent, said the minister of the department of agriculture, land reform and rural...

Disrupted agricultural colleges start reopening for some students

Amidst elaborate covid-19 safety precautions and concerns about the effects of a disrupted academic year, agriculture students this week began returning to the campuses...

Chefs with Compassion: Turning waste into wholesome meals

An alliance of local and global organisations backed by 300 chefs, restaurant owners and volunteers have stepped to the fore to battle the immediate...

Farm watch patrols may now resume, confirms department

Farmers and farmer organisations have welcomed the resumption of farm watch patrols that had been prohibited during levels five and four of the covid-19...

Legal showdown for tobacco ban this week

The controversial ban on the sale of tobacco products is heading to court this week, with one of two cases expected to be heard...

LIFESTYLE

Chef Nonto ready to sharpen her knife in the culinary industry

Some chefs dream of having their own restaurant, but Nontokozo Mkhonto has other plans, such as selling her own personalised cutlery range called Chef...

Taking the lack out of lactose intolerance

A simple bowl of cereal, pies, ice-cream, mac and cheese and umphokoqo. What do all these diverse foods have in common? They all have...

Young cook chasing her culinary and teaching dreams

Nothing can stop the fiery determination of Kamogelo Maleka. The 24-year-old has her eyes dead set on achieving both her culinary and teaching dreams....

Sports can change lives, says award-winning chef

Multi award-winning Mzansi chef David Higgs says his recipe for success is working diligently and consistently. Higgs launched his own cooking school and catering...

Good news: chocolate can be great for your health

Everyone loves chocolate, or at least knows someone who adores it. For many years we were told to avoid chocolate for a number of...

Only a farm girl can cook meatballs like Chef Naledi

Naledi Toona, better known as Chef Naledi, has set the bar high with everything she does. She is not only an entrepreneur, but also...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Phumzile Mbinda fusing the Middle East and Africa

Another cold front on the horizon for Mzansi this weekend! Why not warm your soul with this Middle East-meets-South African dish of isigwamba and...

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...

RECIPE: Frikkadels that pack a fishy punch

A nice frikkie with a fishy twist: Home cook and TV personality Abidah Mohammed shares her secrets to the perfect flakey, crispy hake frikkadel.  Mohammed makes these hake frikkadels that will have your...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Get back to the kitchen, Mzansi!

Cooking is not time consuming, says Errieda du Toit. There is a need to break this stigma brought on by the convenience of fast...

Food is an expression of love, says food TV presenter

The novel coronavirus has turned our world upside down, but at least it has brought some new perspective, says food TV presenter Abidah Mohammed (52).   This is especially useful...

Chef has dreams beyond the professional kitchen

For chef Tefo Mokgoro (33) food is a creative conquest that tests both patience and ingenuity. While he admits that being a chef is hard work, his grit and passion...

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LATEST ARTICLES

Cape Town port crisis throttling agriculture exports

Travel restrictions and covid-19 disruptions continue to grind on agricultural exports. The Port of Cape Town has become the centre of delays and bottlenecks...

“Consumers must protect the industry that feeds them,” says urban farmer

“Farming might seem sexy, but it’s a difficult profession to be in,” says 32-year-old Mbali Nwoko, a born and bred city girl turned vegetable...

Load shedding very bad news for farmers who irrigate, export

Load shedding is back, and the agriculture sector is bracing for what could be a very negative impact on the profitability of farmers...

Three things happening in SA agriculture today, July 8

Mzansi’s farming sector is often overwhelmed with issues affecting the growth of the sector, however small victories and new developments do bring hope. These...

Poultry industry lends a hand to vulnerable community

For 222 vulnerable Pretoria families hard hit by the covid-19 lockdown, a collaboration between the chicken industry and non-profits WeCan and Atterbury Trust has...

Agri leaders call for accountability after agri DG’s resignation

Two of the most prominent farmers’ organisations in the country say that government should start holding people who are accused of corruption and poor...

‘Vendors exploit us,’ claim covid-19 relief beneficiaries

Small-scale and communal farmers allege that vendors chosen by government to honour covid-19 vouchers are putting exorbitant mark-ups on the prices of inputs that...

‘It was tough!’ – agri minister Didiza reflects on the covid-19 challenge

The year 2020 marked the year in which government was to deepen its effective land and agrarian reform. Two policy papers were released for public...

Consumers are feeling the covid-19 pandemic in their pockets

South Africans are not alone in feeling that life has gotten more expensive under the covid-19 pandemic. In a major international survey conducted in...

Diesel shortage driving citrus farmers’ harvest costs through the roof

Ongoing shortages of diesel in parts of the country are hitting harvesting citrus farmers hard. Diesel prices have skyrocketed and supplies are short in...

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Here’s the official lockdown permit for essential services

This article contains a link to the official permit farmers and their workers will have to carry with them during the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown...

‘Government didn’t help us. The farmers did!’

It rained carrots, cauliflowers, onions, potatoes and butternuts in many poverty-stricken communities of the Western Cape this morning when three agricultural organisations joined forces...

He’s only 19, but already a successful livestock farmer

“Farming is in me, it runs in my blood and my veins. I am a farmer by birth,” confidently declares Thabo Dithakgwe (19), one...

Mkhize taunts smokers: ‘Nicotine addiction is not essential’

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once more defended government’s decision to extend the ban on the sale of tobacco products during the covid-19 lockdown ordered...