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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...

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...

Youth + tech = a food secure future

It is little secret that young people are apathetic to agriculture. Many simply do not see farming as a viable career or livelihood path....

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...

Meet the man with the coolest job in SA agriculture

23-year-old Ziphezinhle Gabuza, better known as Boyzee, from Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal spent the past week teaching an artificial intelligence to count cattle on a farm in the Free...

‘Drop the one night stands and choose food with integrity’

“Sustainable food does not have to come at a high cost. In fact, it can be lekker food if you are willing to buy...

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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

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...

Only a farm girl can cook meatballs like Chef Naledi

Naledi Toona, better known as Chef Naledi, has set the bar high with everything she does. She is not only an entrepreneur, but also...

Don’t be salty! Train your taste buds to stay healthy

Ever noticed how some people simply add salt to food without even having tasted it? Salt was in use long before the beginning of...

Boost your body with a blackberry smoothie

Summer is here, and it is as if we suddenly came to the realization that we must get our bikini bodies in shape. Exercising alone won’t do the...

Young chef believes Mzansi needs more women in culinary sphere

Women have long reigned supreme in the kitchen and are an inspiration to many of Mzansi’s culinary giants. But the head chef at Wish...

An adventurous village chef and livestock farmer

Zama Mbane’s last born son, Ovayo, describes her as being adventurous and hard-working. “The things she does is not what other normal mamas do!...

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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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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...

Farmer attributes his career to God, favour and discipline

Growing up in the town of Saron in the Western Cape, surrounded by agriculture, Warren Bam always intended on joining Mzansi’s agri-industry. But it...

Liewe Lulu: Is my man a leech?

Piggy Bank (35) from Malmesbury in the Western Cape writes… Working as a chicken farmer, I already have so much on my plate. Day to day...

Jozi chef is living out his wildest food dreams

“Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey ate my chakalaka!”  Umjita wa se Kasi (Kasi boy) turned gourmet chef, Katlego Sebastian Mlambo still has to pinch himself when he recalls serving former US president Barack Obama and legendary American talk show host and television producer - Oprah Winfrey an...

RECIPE: Chakalaka, as enjoyed by Barack Obama

Marabi Club  head Chef Katlego Mlambo  recalls  one of the most memorable highlights  of his 10-year career  as the day Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and...

WATCH: Don’t focus on race, but rather on producing quality

The pressure that Mzansi's farmers and agripreneurs have to endure to put food on our tables is immense. And in this week’s Farmer’s Inside...

PODCAST: Urban rooftop farmer is turning Hillbrow green

We’re gearing up for Season 2 of the Farmer's Inside Track podcast, so we’re taking a little break. While we’re finishing off the brand-new...

BREAKING: AGDA to channel R25 billion investment into SA agriculture

The Agriculture Development Agency (AGDA), which was officially launched moments ago, is set to change the face of South African agriculture through investments worth...

Young farmer’s passion helps him weather the storm

The inspiring example of his subsistence farmer father and a leg up from a mentor was all this 32-year-old KwaZulu-Natal farmer needed. That, and his own passionate drive and hunger to succeed in...

SONA 2020: Agriculture leaders welcome ‘greater realism’

Agricultural pundits responded fairly positively to pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address (SONA), welcoming many of the announcements and clarifications he provided...

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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...