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Teenaged Merino farmer lives up to his bloodline

It takes many South African youngsters years after finishing high school to discover where their true passions and purpose lie. Babalwa Sokupha, on the other...

Farming on Mars – where would we even start?

Humanity is moving to space. SpaceX has loudly and clearly expressed its intentions to colonise Mars, and this immediately begs the question: What are...

Podcast: CEO of Motsobella Farming shares her advice for start-up farmers

On episode 52 of Farmer’s Inside Track agriculture podcast, we connect with the owner and CEO of Motsobella Farming Enterprise, Ipeleng Kwadi. “Nothing compares to...

From NSFAS to two agri-businesses and an upcoming PhD

Tumisang Ben Matshogo is a North West farmer who has always had his eyes forward and his mind focussed and ready to take on...

Rooiproppie and papsak: Can minimum pricing curb alcohol misuse?

Wine industry body Vinpro is in deliberations with the wine industry and the government to find the best possible solutions to address the problems...

‘Being black, young, female and the boss requires a thick skin’

Amidst the fresh dairy air and cow dung of a mega Eastern Cape dairy farm, you will find Sinokuphile Kekezwa dreaming that one day...

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Food safety not a worry with covid-19, says expert

Although much is yet to be learnt about covid-19 and the way it is distributed, it seems safe to say that it is not...

Didiza extends voucher dates in covid-19 support scheme again

The validity of covid-19 disaster support vouchers issued by government to small-scale and communal farmers has once again been extended due to supply chain...

Covid-19: Invest in small-scale farmers now for rural resilience

Small-scale farmers are extremely vulnerable to the covid-19 pandemic, but their role in a sustainable rural food system is crucial. Hamlet Hlomendlini, senior agricultural...

Agri labs to help clear covid-19 testing backlog

The agricultural sector is stepping forward to help with covid-19 testing to augment the capacity of the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS). In order to...

Covid-19: A life of shame and stigma in rural SA

As Mzansi descends into the eye of the covid-19 storm, another “pandemic” has reared its ugly head. Those infected by the coronavirus, especially in...

SA bleeding R4 bn due to tobacco sales ban

After 119 days of the covid-19 lockdown, the ban on the sale of tobacco products has now cost the country over R4 billion in...

LIFESTYLE

Valentine’s Day: putting sexy back on your plate – at home!

While Valentine’s Day may get your heart racing, February also happens to be Healthy Lifestyles Awareness Month. Creating a Valentines experience at home that shows...

Plant-Based Diaries: This is actually the flavour bomb your body has been craving!

As many may know, I love eating and cooking flavourful food. Over the years I have made several attempts to introduce vegetarian meals into...

RECIPE: Braised short rib, pap discs and salsa with chakalaka purée

Leigh-Ann Modise is taking the culinary industry by storm. At 22, she has cooked for the Ambassador of France to South Africa and has...

Covid-19: The plight of chefs under lockdown

Restaurants have been one of the hardest hit businesses affected by the fast-spreading, faceless coronavirus. Chefs and other employees in the professional kitchen are experiencing great financial uncertainty as a result of the global pandemic.  Katlego Mlambo (30), head chef at the Marabi Jazz club...

‘Food is the story of life, love and health’ says social media foodie

At its core food is a powerful vehicle for storytelling, believes social media foodie and designer Chuene Lefala (27). The Limpopo-born creative says that...

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...

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MZANSI RECIPES

Plant-based diaries: Weeknight meals on a dime

Foodie Dané Vermeulen recently decided to adopt a plant-based diet for healthy lifestyle reasons. As a meat-lover this was no easy decision, but a sky-high blood...

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...

Plant-based diaries: So, your sweet tooth is aching…

Foodie Dané Vermeulen recently decided to adopt a plant-based diet for healthy lifestyle reasons. As a meat-lover this was no easy decision, but a...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

From soap to soup, ‘Kitchen Queen’ revels in role as cookbook author

Of all the roles actress and singer Lucia Mthiyane has taken on, she most revels in the title of “Culinary Goddess.” With an avid love...

Miss SA talks food memories and farmer appreciation

While she might hold the title of South Africa’s most beautiful woman, Shudufadzo Musida (24) vows to stay true and honest to her Venda...

‘I’m no Pablo Escobar, but I am a bad-ass chef’

The adage, “you eat with your eyes” has never been truer in an era where social media rules the world, says chef Jess Levin...

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LATEST ARTICLES

‘Start now, do not idle at government’s expense,’ says NW farmer

It is a Monday morning, at 04:50. While many South Africans are still deep in sleep’s embrace, Olerile Lekgetho (35) has just shovelled down...

La Niña weather brings hope for drought-stricken areas

The growth projections in Mzansi’s agriculture sector for 2021 are looking up as long as commodity prices are maintained and weather conditions materialise as...

Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 24 November 2020

Today on the South African agricultural agenda we spotlight a webinar series discussing policy innovations around agri-tech, mechanisation, food systems and more. Also worthy of...

Farmer Angus sells 85% of his egg business to farmworkers

In a recent drive to upskill and empower his farmworkers, regenerative livestock farmer Angus McIntosh of the Farmer Angus brand, sold 85% of his...

‘It’s raining cats and dogs,’ yes, but snakes?

The Northern Cape department of agriculture has welcomed recent rains, but cautions farmers and communities to be on high alert for increased snake activity...

I really want to make a difference, says young leader

To many, Breyton Milford is known as the fellow promoting the image of agriculture to the general public as promotion and marketing organisation Agri-Expo’s...

These 10 food and beverage trends will drive innovation in 2021

Consumers are searching for brands that can build trust, provide authentic and credible products, and create shopper confidence in a pandemic-ridden world. Therefore, transparency...

Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 23 November 2020

December is fast approaching but as usual there is no rest for the agriculturalists of Mzansi! On the Food For Mzansi radar today Malabo Montpellier...

Farmer keeps father’s memory alive through working the land

Daniel Maqala (59) credits his father’s teachings as the catalyst of his own farming passions. The son of farmworkers, Maqala grew up in the eastern...

Plant-based diaries: Weeknight meals on a dime

Foodie Dané Vermeulen recently decided to adopt a plant-based diet for healthy lifestyle reasons. As a meat-lover this was no easy decision, but a sky-high blood...

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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...

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...

Government ‘kicks 80-year-old farmer in the teeth’

For 80-year-old farmer David Rakgase government’s decision to include his farm on a widely publicised list of 896 state farms that are up for...

‘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...