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‘Start now, start small and grow gradually,’ says self-taught agripreneur

 With a little bit of creativity, social media savvy, and a can-do spirit, anything is possible. The 27-year-old Cape Town agripreneur Ncumisa Mkabile has...

Elderly dreamer’s farming vision now a reality

When he was just a young boy Samson Mahlaba (73) had always imagined the day he would be called "farmer". It took fifty patient years...

‘3 global media awards inspire Food For Mzansi to do better’

They only turn two in November, but Food For Mzansi is now, officially, not only South Africa’s top digital agricultural news and lifestyle brand,...

Road trip leads economist to discover ‘the heartbeat of our nation’

Being an expert in the agricultural sector as an economist didn't prepare Ikageng Maluleke for what she would find when actually meeting farmers on...

The art of patience carries livestock farmer to rise above severe storms

What does it really feel like being a black person and to own land? Not just a small portion, but large amounts of it...

‘Regenerative agriculture can herald a new dawn for Mzansi farmers’

Farmers, are you ready to re-think your place in the food system? It is necessary to give birth to new non-extractive, but empowering retail...

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WATCH: Digitised agritech solutions

You’ve probably heard the term digitisation before, but have you ever heard it connected to agriculture? The agri sector’s current digital environment offers a...

COVID-19

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

Nompilo Mathe may not be a pro, but she reigns in the kitchen

Nompilo Mathe is not a professional chef, but she reigns in the kitchen. Known as the queen of cooking on social media, she plans...

Radio presenter cooks to touch the lives of others

Although Lee Duru has been working in the broadcasting industry for years, she has taken to indulging her love of food and cooking on...

RECIPE: The Healthy Big South African Breakfast

Ulla Pakendorf-Loubser, who is also a health coach, took us all the way to the farm with a healthy South African farmstyle breakfast of...

Chef Funi succeeds despite his many naysayers

When Lufuno “Funi” Sinthumule pursued a career as a chef, many believed that he would not succeed. But he proved them all wrong. He...

Recipe: Roasted pumpkin fondue (made on the braai)

Chef Saveria Nkalashe says melted cheese can heal a broken heart, so ease those lockdown blues with this timeless dish. Nkalashe adds a bit of Mzansi flair though. Instead of...

Boitumelo Maphothoma’s heart is in the kitchen

In most Mzansi households, the kitchen is the heart of the home. For Boitumelo Maphothoma it’s no different. In fact, she confesses that cooking...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Spooky cake truffles

A less than perfect chocolate cake is just another reality we must come to terms with. Have no clue what to do with those offcuts...

RECIPE: Thuto Mahlangu’s chicken soup

Nutritious, big on flavour and easy to prepare, chef Thuto Mahlangu’s chicken soup has all the makings of a cozy meal idea for the...

RECIPE: No bake Biscoff, chocolate and mascarpone tart

Sweet, rich, and minimal effort, Saadiyah Hendricks shares her decadent recipe for a no bake Biscoff, chocolate and mascarpone tart. Bursting with flavour and ripe...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Who doesn’t love good food and good art?

Food is an intimate form of art compared to others in its ability to incorporate all the senses, believes Thuto Mahlangu (25). Chefs are the...

Life is a balancing act that takes a lifetime to master

For food blogger Saadiyah Hendricks (31), baking is an act of creative freedom and a channel of self-empowerment. In fact, the Cape Town-based recipe developer...

‘Simply put, food connects worlds’

Food connects and is an act of human expression that goes beyond its textbook definition. It is an act of communion that embodies culture,...

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LATEST ARTICLES

Five things happening in SA agriculture today, 26 October 2020

Festive season is fast approaching, Mzansi. While others may be planning their holidays, we know the country’s agriculturalists cannot afford to miss a beat in...

‘We are responsible for each other,’ says mentor farmer

Relationships have the potential to move mountains within the agricultural industry believes farmer and farming mentor Wessel Bibbey (51). The story of the land is...

Treasury’s support to Land Bank is a food imperative, says Agri SA

Following the earlier warning by Futuregrowth that all South Africans should hope that the Land Bank will be rescued from its financial woes, Agri...

Didiza: ‘Break barriers and see each other as human beings’

Instead of taking up arms the agricultural sector should sit down and resolve its problems, urged Thoko Didiza, the minister of agriculture, land reform...

Step aside, Spider-Man. Kutlo wants a farm-themed party!

Yes, farming is a tough and often dirty and sweaty. But that’s clearly not stopping young Kutlo Mongale and his cousins from having fun....

Why does our hit rate in black farmer commercialisation still suck?

Sinelizwi Fakade has seen both sides of the efforts by the state and the commercial farming sector to develop smallholder farmers into small-scale commercial...

Liewe Lulu: Do I marry out of duty?

Lone Wolf, from Hertzogville in the Free State writes… I am 29, single, straight, run a 200-hectare cattle operation and I am honestly fulfilled by...

Eskom municipal bypass to benefit investors more than farmers

Altough government’s decision to allow municipalities to generate their own power is a “breakthrough” it will benefit private investors more than the agricultural sector,...

Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 23 October 2020

Greetings Mzansi. Even though we have come to the end of our week we have not run out of resourceful webinars, meeting and events...

Listen: Running two businesses while completing a PhD…

Imagine starting a business while you are studying. That would be quite a feat to accomplish. Now imagine starting two businesses while working on...

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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 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...

Finally, alcohol industry gets good news from National Treasury

A request by the alcohol industry for the suspension of excise tax levied on alcoholic beverages amounting to R5,1 billion has been granted by...