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Farmer’s love for soil led him back to the promised land

As a budding scientist, a young Morgan Brand could never imagine that one day he would end up back on his father’s farm as,...

‘Hunger to succeed’ lands 21yo wine enthusiast a rare opportunity

The moment when a 21-year-old describes wine as “bottled poetry”, you immediately know that it’s their passion talking. It is this exact passion that...

Former paratrooper is now an ethical food warrior

It’s safe to say that young farmer Robert Patson is a bit of an adventure junkie. As a boy growing up in North Pine in Cape Town he was always on a quest. However, Patson’s journey...

From selling fish and chips to running two farming enterprises

When 24-year-old Njabulo Mbokane did her final year at Carolina Academic school in 2013, she had no idea what career path she would follow....

Walking the ancient livestock paths of Namaqualand

The Kamiesberg Upland in Namaqualand is a place of cultural and botanical richness. In the Leliefontein communal area of this region one still finds...

PODCAST: Aquaponics pioneer farms in the heart of Tembisa

An Aquaponics farm in the middle of eKasi may be a concept that is unconventional to many. But, nonetheless, one such farm does exist...

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...

Change your first-date game with the perfect picnic

With the advent of “Netflix and chill” and Tinder hookups, old-school first dates have become a thing of the past. It has become corny...

Jabulile Dube unwinds in the kitchen

Cooking is meditation with the promise of a good meal afterwards, believes Jabulile Dube, a financial advisor turned food blogger and caterer living in...

RECIPE: Jabulile’s creamy chicken livers

Poultry meat is undeniably one of the most cherished meats around the world. From head to toe people not only enjoy the outer, meaty bits...

‘Hot sauce pioneer’ makes culinary magic

Borders and limitations do not exist for Kwa-Zulu Natal-born chef Nomcebo Ndlela. In her eight years as a professional chef, the 27-year-old has made...

RECIPE: Chef Cebo’s saucy amawotwana

It doesn't matter whether you call it walkie talkies, amawotwana or maotwana a koko. Chicken feet is a traditional township delicacy. Many local and...

CHANGEMAKERS

Limitations only make this economist more determined to succeed

For generations, black women in Mzansi have been rocks during times of adversity, often paving the way for others to follow in their footsteps. This is what inspired Grain SA junior agricultural economist Ikageng Maluleke to actively seek out her place in a predominantly male dominated industry.   The 30-year-old says growing...

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MZANSI RECIPES

Siphokazi’s hard work transforms her into a well-known cook

The life of Siphokazi Mdlankomo is a testament to those who believe you are never too old to reach your goals. In 2014 her...

RECIPE: Malva Pudding

Chef and food stylist Sebastian Newman has worked on numerous popular television shows, including Expresso and Top Billing. The sweet-toothed 23-year-old regularly features a...

RECIPE: Chef Mbombi’s creamy beef liver pasta

Mbonani Daniel Mbombi (28) is fondly known as the “African Cuisine Chef”. His mouth-watering food has caught the eye of big food brands like...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Food is as relative as you can imagine

Renowned journalist and author Harald Pakendorf has always marched to the beat of his own drum. Pakendorf says while South Africans may be different...

Chef Mario promises the ultimate insect experience

The moment you find a fly in your food, you immediately throw it out in disgust. If you’re in a restaurant, you call the...

Cook Ella Mthethwa says food stole her heart…

Ella Gqinekile Mthethwa swapped her love for plants to pursue her dreams of becoming a culinary queen. Today she runs her own catering company...

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LATEST ARTICLES

The story of an atypical farmer driven by purpose

Charles Back had an unusual response to a farm attack that almost killed him. Unusual because he refused to let it start a race-based...

Agricultural training for emerging farmers

The issue of land ownership has reached a boiling point with many South Africans now using “Give back the land” as a mantra to...

‘Let’s debunk the myth that black people can’t farm’

It’s a myth that black people cannot farm, says Nono Sekhoto, the Youth Chairperson of the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa). This...

From ‘dispatch guy’ to director after chance convo

Meet Themba Kumatana. Less than a decade ago he was a trolley-pushing “dispatch guy” on a wine farm. Now he is the co-owner of...

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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...

Motsepe announces multi-billion rand fund for black farmers

Billionaire businessman Dr Patrice Motsepe says there are high-level discussions with, amongst others, the Motsepe Foundation and banks to launch a multi-billion rand fund...

How a Free State farmer brought his dying land back from the brink

Danie Slabbert (39) might look like a typical farmer, but his forbearers are probably turning in their graves questioning his unconventional farming methods. This...

‘Let us all grow big,’ says Jozi’s first Nigerian farmer

Edward Wisdom (48) is originally from the southeast of Nigeria. Since coming to South Africa in 1994 he has carved out a niche for...