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Farmer’s love for soil led him back to the promised land

As a budding scientist, a young Morgan Brand could never imagine that one day he would end up back on his father’s farm as,...

Walking the ancient livestock paths of Namaqualand

The Kamiesberg Upland in Namaqualand is a place of cultural and botanical richness. In the Leliefontein communal area of this region one still finds...

Former paratrooper is now an ethical food warrior

It’s safe to say that young farmer Robert Patson is a bit of an adventure junkie. As a boy growing up in North Pine in Cape Town he was always on a quest. However, Patson’s journey...

From selling fish and chips to running two farming enterprises

When 24-year-old Njabulo Mbokane did her final year at Carolina Academic school in 2013, she had no idea what career path she would follow....

Food is as relative as you can imagine

Renowned journalist and author Harald Pakendorf has always marched to the beat of his own drum. Pakendorf says while South Africans may be different...

‘Hunger to succeed’ lands 21yo wine enthusiast a rare opportunity

The moment when a 21-year-old describes wine as “bottled poetry”, you immediately know that it’s their passion talking. It is this exact passion that...

LIFESTYLE

RECIPE: Braised oxtail and garlic mash will have you asking for more

The fragrant smell of herbed, braised red meat on a Sunday afternoon gives your home a warm, comforting feeling. Oxtail is a cut of...

‘The Glam Chef’ always gets dolled up before she cooks

Thandi Maphai believes she always needs to look her best when she cooks. Her appearance, she says, “influences the end result of her dishes”....

RECIPE: The Glam Chef’s flapjacks

Thandi Maphai believes “we eat with our eyes first” and that appearance when cooking is everything. The young chef is always glammed up and she’s widely known by many...

Back to school lunchbox ideas from a working mom

Not only does Philile Mdletshe balance life as a medical doctor, wife, and a kickass mom that prepares lip-smacking meals for her family, she...

Back-to-school brain foods

The new year brings new challenges and as we head for the back to school season, it is time to focus on foods that...

Hip chef Keanon Michaels wants to train and empower other young chefs

Keanon Michaels is hip and happening. The Capetonian is a chef, surfer and an enthusiastic dancer. It was this active life – and the...

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MZANSI RECIPES

How to make delicious family meals on a SASSA budget

Trying to stay afloat with your monthly budget while juggling life and managing a household, all whilst making sure your family eats nutritious and...

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....

RECIPE: Lemon Butter Fish

Nompilo Mathe might not be a chef by profession, but she’s known as the queen of the kitchen on social media. The 34-year-old is...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Methoa Zitha wears his love for food on his sleeve

He is not a qualified chef, but Methoa Zitha wears his love for food on his sleeve. Zitha’s willpower to move past the circumstances...

Chef Liziwe Matloha shares her recipe for success

Chef Liziwe Matloha’s desire to be the best in everything she does is her recipe for success. This drive has served her well, leading...

From waiter to celebrity chef

Pete Goffe-Wood, widely known as Mzansi’s Kitchen Cowboy, started his brilliantly crafted career as a waiter 33 years ago and never looked back. Today the...

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LATEST ARTICLES

PODCAST: Livestock farmer considers lack of government assistance a blessing in disguise

Imagine running a farm without any government assistance and how difficult that must be. That is the reality for most commercial farmers in Mzansi,...

‘Quantity, quality and common sense,” is this farmer’s success mantra

Mampe Mmeregi always dreamt of owning her own farm one day. Her aspirations, however, seemed far-fetched, as there were little to no agricultural activities...

Free State farmer’s 21st birthday gift yields success

A 26-year-old Free State farmer has managed to create a profitable business out of a mammoth piece of land he received as a gift...

‘The Glam Chef’ always gets dolled up before she cooks

Thandi Maphai believes she always needs to look her best when she cooks. Her appearance, she says, “influences the end result of her dishes”....

RECIPE: The Glam Chef’s flapjacks

Thandi Maphai believes “we eat with our eyes first” and that appearance when cooking is everything. The young chef is always glammed up and she’s widely known by many...

Agri Careers: Soil scientist (and agricultural maverick)

If finding solutions to problems surrounding food supply and the environment is your thing, then you might want to consider a career as a...

WATCH: Lavender gives gang-ridden community a fighting chance

This week’s video episode of Farmer’s Inside Track features Marcelle du Plessis, the co-founder of Lavender in Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats. The...

Sweetie, do you know where your honey comes from?

Honey-lovers, did you know that we don’t have a traceability system that helps ensure the quality of what you buy? South Africans consume much...

PODCAST: Farming power couple reinvents themselves after retrenchment

In 2004 farming couple Alan and Eugene Simons were retrenched from their jobs as agricultural workers. Grappling for ways to put food on their...

Back to school lunchbox ideas from a working mom

Not only does Philile Mdletshe balance life as a medical doctor, wife, and a kickass mom that prepares lip-smacking meals for her family, she...

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Motsepe announces multi-billion rand fund for black farmers

Billionaire businessman Dr Patrice Motsepe says there are high-level discussions with, amongst others, the Motsepe Foundation and banks to launch a multi-billion rand fund...

How a Free State farmer brought his dying land back from the brink

Danie Slabbert (39) might look like a typical farmer, but his forbearers are probably turning in their graves questioning his unconventional farming methods. This...

‘Let us all grow big,’ says Jozi’s first Nigerian farmer

Edward Wisdom (48) is originally from the southeast of Nigeria. Since coming to South Africa in 1994 he has carved out a niche for...

Cutting-edge Karoo farm school breaks poverty cycle

A Climax windpump spins and creaks quietly alongside a dirt road linking Colesberg with the blue horizon. There is a cool morning breeze and...