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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...

Organic gardener takes on food insecurity one garden at a time

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is the saying an organic gardener is living to do his bit in transforming the state of food insecurity in the townships of the Eastern Cape.   The 66-year-old former teacher has created more than 100 sustainable...

101 agri leaders on being 101 days into lockdown

Congratulations, South Africa. If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to day 101 of our unprecedented covid-19 lockdown. This is the stuff that history...

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...

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...

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...

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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

Keeping a community’s traditions alive through cooking

Fatima Sydow was raised to celebrate and share in the traditions of her neighbours. She has managed to turn this and her love of...

We are cray cray about potatoes – and it’s a good thing!

South Africans love potatoes. Fact. Potato salad is the archetypal side-dish for braais. Our fish-and-chips shops would be nothing without “slaptjips”, slathered with salt...

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...

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...

RECIPE: Boitumelo ‘Tumi M’ Maphothoma Spicy Garlic Chicken Feet

Boitumelo ‘Tumi M’ Maphothoma cooks to escape the hustle and bustle of every day. This young foodie from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga is a psychology...

RECIPE: Slow cooked crispy wild duck breast

Here’s a treat for those of you who are health conscious. Paul Hlaisi makes a juicy, flavourful wild duck breast that will have your taste buds begging for more. When the rich, dark meat is cooked...

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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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Farmer waiting to hear his fate after land reform bungle

Petros Sithole (64), the farmer whose fate currently hangs in the balance after an alleged land reform blunder cost him his land, only started...

‘Farming brothers’ breaking stereotypes

It’s true that you can’t choose your family, but these three Mzansi farmers beg to differ.  Brothers Buchule Jack and Buzwe Pama run a successful farming business in the Free State alongside their friend...

Liewe Lulu: Fighting ‘farmer’s armpits’

Suffering in Silence (45) from Jacobsdal in the Free State writes…  I love my hubby, Katlego, but his body odour is messing with my libido. He is...

Electrical engineer finds solace in her kitchen and home garden

Finding solace in gardening never crossed Leshoto Thooe’s mind until she decided to get her hands dirty. To relax from her budding career as an electrical engineer, the 34-year-old spends her downtime cooking and gardening.   RECIPE: Herb-encrusted...

RECIPE: Herb-encrusted Leg of Lamb, the Leshoto way…

“Leg of lamb may sound intimidating to many, but it’s actually one of the most tender, succulent and easy-to-work-with cuts of meat.” So says...

Give us some good news, Mr Mboweni!

As Mzansi tunes in to the much anticipated Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s 2020 Budget address this afternoon, farmers and agribusinesses are waiting with bated breath...

WATCH: Tembisa’s ‘township aquaponics pioneer’

https://youtu.be/LGi51oEjwlg It’s been four months since Food For Mzansi launched Farmer’s Inside Track, an exclusive platform for up-and-coming farmers and new entrants into agri-businesses and...

AGRI CAREERS: What does it take to be the CEO of an agribusiness?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like working for a successful agribusiness that promotes the image of agriculture in Mzansi and have...

PODCAST: Listen to one of our favourite Season 1 episodes

It’s been four months since Food For Mzansi launched Farmer’s Inside Track, an exclusive platform for up-and-coming farmers and new entrants into agri-businesses and...

Former banker champions organic food to give Mother Nature a break

The toll that is taken on the environment to grow Mzansi’s food has inspired a former Johannesburg banker to utilize her “green thumbs” and...

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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...