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Backyard gardeners tackle hunger and unemployment head-on

In Avian Park, a small community just outside of Worcester in the Western Cape, residents are tackling food scarcity and unemployment head on. The...

25-year-old farmer says there can be success after failing matric

Ask any teenager and they’ll tell you: failing your matric exams could easily be perceived as the worst thing to ever happen. But for...

Forestry farmer makes his first million by 27

Forestry farmer Musawenkosi Kubheka believes newcomers in the agricultural industry can survive and even thrive in forestry in Mzansi. The 29-year-old farmer from Newcastle,...

Master brewer sees a fizzing future for African beer

The craft brewing industry boasts many passionate women who are shining in this male-dominated industry across Mzansi. But there is one jewel in the...

WATCH: Great start-up advice from woman behind Pedi tea brand

Retang Phaahla (26), fondly known as the “the tea lady”, has created a thriving tea business with her mother Nondumiso Phaahla (56), Setsong Tea. Their tea, which pays homage to her Pedi roots, is modelled around the social upliftment of...

‘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...

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Love your skin with a homemade oatmeal facemask

You might be able to hide a few body flaws like a scar on your leg or stretch marks on the hips, but hiding...

Cooking was part of God’s plan

Karabo Phiri had a business science degree in hand with plans of becoming an economist, but her love for food and obsession with Asian...

Why the sixth love language could actually be food

In his book, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, Dr Gary Chapman reveals that each of us primarily speak with one of five so-called...

Why little-understood indigenous foods are great for your health

South Africa has a diverse range of indigenous food crops which are not only a rich source of nutrition, but also good for preventing...

Former waitress becomes a successful chef

Unaty Daniel has chased a number of careers, but in the end it was food and cooking that stole her heart. The 37-year-old from...

RECIPE: Mfazana’s lekker fruity wings

The 43-year-old Zama Mbane, affectionately known as Mfazana the Village Chef, is a private chef who cooks a variety of contemporary and traditional dishes. She...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Lesotho trout pappardelle

Meals with pasta are traditionally served big, packed with loads of flavour and will always leave you begging for more. No Rules Cafeteria head chef Khanya Mzongwana promises her grilled Lesotho trout pappardelle is a family dinnertime pleaser.  Made with love and a beautiful balance...

RECIPE: South African peppermint crisp tart

The South African peppermint crisp tart oozes nostalgia with every bite. It most likely jostles with malva pudding and lekker melktert (milk tart) as an all-time favourite Mzansi delicacy. Foodie and self-published cookbook author of Treet Yourself, Reezwanah Seedat, shares her secrets for the...

RECIPE: Creamy ocean fresh pasta

Wingardium Levi-pasta! Think Harry Potter. Think magic. Think mouthfuls of flavour. It’s safe to say that pasta is by far a global favourite. “Give me...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Good food has the ability to heal the mind, says food stylist

Khanya Mzongwana has her fingers in many pies. The 30-year-old food stylist develops recipes for Woolworths TASTE Magazine  and Times Live and she’s a brand ambassador for Devil's Peak Beer.   She uses her innovative food brain to create dishes for the new kid on the culinary block, No Rules...

Sons inspire Mommy food blogger

Self-published cookbook author Reezwanah Seedat draws inspiration for her food blog, Treetz by Reez, from her four energetic sons. The 35-year-old admits that feeding her big family can be daunting, but once she discovered creative ways to keep their growling tummies happy the foodie within her was born.   “I’ve...

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...

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‘Agriculture chose me,’ says proud ambassador

Growing up in Port Nolloth in the Namaqualand, amongst the salt of the earth, is quite possibly his fondest memory, says Breyton Milford, describing...

R46 million injection to support smallholder farmers

More than R46 million has been set aside by the North West government to support 812 smallholder farmers with crop production inputs ahead of...

How Kleinjan and Cois together forged their farming destiny

Passion is often the most notable characteristic of a successful entrepreneur. And Kleinjan Gasekoma, owner of one of the most successful cattle farms in...

‘Talking to the chiefs is an uphill battle’

At the age of 92, Dr Sam Motsuenyane is as committed to the betterment of black lives as he was back in in 1964...

These days they call me the wine ‘farm’acist

The name is Bothman. Heinrich Bothman. It’s corny, right, but I’ve always dreamed about using this line since I first got introduced to the...

Emerging Farmer Named Top Free State Entrepreneur

When the Sernick Group first started its Emerging Farmers Programme in 2016 it was in the hope that it would aid and empower people like Palesa Moahloli to succeed and give...

From failed au pair to wine icon in the making

Berene Sauls doesn’t walk. She power-walks. She is at work, and it's not by moving slowly that she had worked her way up from...

Weird and wonderful: The how and why of a beekeeper’s job

What on earth does a beekeeper do and why is it important for food security? To make a complex story short: Fruit-bearing plants cannot set...

‘I just did not believe that black people could farm’

Growing up in Thohoyandou in Limpopo I thought a farmer was… only of a certain colour. I just did not believe that black people could...

To be a young black farmer in Mzansi

A new sense of urgency has entered South Africa’s land reform process after the country’s parliament took a resolution to amend the constitution to effect land...

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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...