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Dreamers take hands to turn dump into food garden

It is six in the morning and the wind feels like it has a personal vendetta against four men who are braving the cold...

Thousands lifted through innovative KZN land project

Nokuthula Gcabashe (70) and Thulile Elsie Mzimela (63) from Mbongolwane, a small town in the green hills of King Cetshwayo District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal,...

SA’s first covid-19 podcast for children released

Food For Mzansi today lifts the veil on “Thandi and Captain Stay Safe”, a special covid-19 podcast series to help children and their parents...

‘Be consistently passionate,’ advises North West cattle farmer

Night fades into morning light when livestock farmer Tumelo Olifant (30) begins his daily routine. Farming can be riveting work on most days, he...

Dairy farmer finds joy in shaping the next generation

Leonard Mavhungu (40) has his work cut out for him managing three farms, four dairies, 4 000 cows-in-milk, 4 000 followers, 900ha of pasture...

Agri’s Got Talent 2020 ready to showcase more hidden voices

When 24-year-old Nonkululeko Sambo advises you to “believe in your dreams, and do not ever limit yourself,” you can believe her. Sambo is an agri...

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COVID-19

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...

4 things happening in SA agri today, 24 July 2020

Earlier this week the restaurant industry protested against the covid-19 lockdown regulations affecting livelihoods and today the entire hospitality sector is standing up against...

BREAKING: Agri SA launches billion rand food campaign

Agri SA has announced the launch of a whopping R1 billion food surplus campaign, challenging both the private sector and government to gear up...

LIFESTYLE

‘Be wise, sterilize’ – cleanliness is key for the perfect homemade brew

The national lockdown to flatten the coronavirus curve is getting really long! And with alcohol still a big no-no, many of Mzansi’s citizens are turning to home brewing to quench...

Giyani-born DJ keeps people dancing to his food beats

Cooking and music are one and the same, says Paul Hlaisi, a Limpopo-born cook and food consultant who, every now and then, also hits the decks as a part-time DJ. He...

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...

From maid to professional cook

Fikile Zungu says “it’s only by grace of God” that she went from working as a maid for 10 years to a cook. “Pinch...

How to do a plant-based braai

Whether it’s for health and wellbeing, caring for animals or the climate crisis, plant-based eating is gaining momentum and popping up everywhere – even...

Government learnership empowers young chef

While many fret and wrack their brains about what to do after obtaining their matric certificates, taking the road less travelled helped 22-year-old Patience...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Sorghum flapjacks

Food anthropologist, author, chef and commentator Dr Anna Trapido is not a fan of quinoa, as widely touted as it is. When it comes...

RECIPE: Vegan umfino with rosemary garlic mushrooms

If you are looking for something nice, warm, and hearty to eat with your stew, umfino should be your go-to. Umfino is a traditional South...

RECIPE: Curried oxtail and creamy polenta

If maize had an elite cousin its name would be polenta. Home cook Lihle Mahambehlala makes a creamy polenta with the age-old South African...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Covid-19 ‘put black female representation in restaurants on the back burner’

In a world where professional kitchens have long been dominated by white males, Dr Anna Trapido believes that it is about high time that...

Veganism doesn’t need to break the bank, says food blogger

For some, the thought of going vegan or vegetarian leaves them in an utter frenzy. Meat is the staple of most households and while...

‘Food transports you to places you’ve never been,’ says foodie student

Food has the inherent ability to dissolve global borders, believes Johannesburg-based foodie and student Lihle Mahambehlala (21). She  has just about transformed the kitchen of...

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LATEST ARTICLES

Kitchen experiment opens doors for sweet potato yoghurt entrepreneur

A Limpopo-based entrepreneur is setting a new trend after discovering an untapped gap in the yoghurt market. Since inventing his unconventional sweet potato drinkable...

Liewe Lulu: I’m a Mommy in distress…

In over my head from Bisho in the Eastern Cape writes…  I have three amazing little bambinos, but I fear that I am on the brink of...

How to transform a tiny space into a home gym

Do you dream of having your own home gym, but don't think you have room-in your home or your bank account? Think again! Here, your step-by-step...

The 5 components of a solid home workout

Lockdown is a big challenge for super-fit gym-goers since all gyms are closed and movement outside is pretty much limited, but there are some...

Free virtual coding classes for gr. 4 to 9

Think Ahead, in partnership with iStore Meets has launched free online virtual coding classes to children during South Africa's 21-day lockdown. The Think Ahead...

Free textbooks, e-classes for gr. 7 to 12

Called Siyavula, the online education platform is usually a pay subscription service but has been made available to all South Africans free of charge...

Free online libraries and learning platforms

Written by prof. Mmaki Jantjies from the University of the Western Cape South Africa, like most countries in the world, has ordered all schools to close...

Get out of your PJ’s and do this dance challenge

If you live on Twitter or, even worse, on TikTok with your kids, chances are you have seen the internet going crazy with the...

Save the date for the virtual arts festival

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the arts sector and all related events under tremendous strain. As public health concerns became a priority, it was...

Let’s go on a virtual safari through Kruger National Park

If you love the outdoors you’re probably rather cheese off during the lockdown. With this in mind, a lodge within the iconic Kruger National...

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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...

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...

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...