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‘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...

5 reasons to eat fresh and local, if you can

A lot seems uncertain at the moment. With the trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa there are so many questions. Will we...

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...

Be proactive about covid-19 at home and school, pleads teacher

While basic education minister Angie Motshekga insists that there is no proof to back up claims that schools have become hotspots for covid-19, a...

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...

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...

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COVID-19

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...

Farmers breathe a sigh of relief as covid-19 vouchers’ validity extended

Smallholder farmers who have benefitted from the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development’s (DALRRD) R1.2 billion covid-19 relief fund say they can...

LIFESTYLE

Boitumelo Maphothoma’s heart is in the kitchen

In most Mzansi households, the kitchen is the heart of the home. For Boitumelo Maphothoma it’s no different. In fact, she confesses that cooking...

Back to school lunchbox ideas from a working mom

Not only does Philile Mdletshe balance life as a medical doctor, wife, and a kickass mom that prepares lip-smacking meals for her family, she...

RECIPE: David Higgs’ fishcakes served with chutney and parsley mayonnaise

David Higgs comes from humble beginnings and he has gradually climbed the culinary ladder to become a well-respected chef in Mzansi. The 49-year-old restaurateur...

How to create a garden that keeps on giving…

Providing for your family’s financial needs is proving more difficult with each passing day given the current state of the South African economy and...

Home cook challenging gender roles in the kitchen

For 30-year-old home cook Sinoyolo Sifo it is odd that most men still believe cooking is a woman’s job in a world where a significant number of chefs in the professional kitchens are male. This is a clear...

The future was written in the cosmos for chef Tharwat Londt

Chef Tharwat Londt (35) is no stranger to the professional kitchen, having started his career in food at age 19. Since then he says there has never been...

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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

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...

‘If we ignore ancestors’ foods, we become someone else’

Africa is filled with “super foods” that have been used as sustenance and medicine by generations across history, believes Mpho Tshukudu, a Johannesburg-born registered...

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State will no longer fight black farmer on right to land

Thoko Didiza, the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, has on behalf of government issued an apology to Limpopo farmer David Rakgase,...

‘Agrarian reform should mirror the new SA’ – Skwatsha

Access to water, job creation, trade opportunities and agricultural transformation were some of the key points discussed during day one of the third AFASA...

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...

Mzansi’s first biodegradable cup with agricultural roots

As an industrial design student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Luvuyo Ndiki was told by one of his lecturers that people like...

Patrice Motsepe joins top speaker line-up at AFASA conference

With the AFASA Agribusiness Transformation Conference now just three days away, organisers have announced that one of the nation’s leading businessmen, billionaire Patrice Motsepe,...

Land reform: A possible game changer in the tourism sector

Successful implementation of the land reform programme has the potential to accelerate the growth of the tourism sector by deflating simmering fears of wanton...

Family farm fun at the 6th Agri-Expo Livestock and Groot Plaasproe

Farmer or not, you really have to save the date for the 6th Agri-Expo Livestock and The Groot Plaasproe. This event brings the country...

Magazine legend Dorah Sitole is still cooking

“I cook to keep our food culture alive,” says 66-year-old Dorah Sitole. The former editor of True Love magazine believes her food will perish...

RECIPE: Dorah Sitole’s Corn and Baby Marrow Frittata

Women’s magazine legend Dorah Sitole cooks traditional food to keep Mzansi’s food culture alive. As former editor of True Love magazine and a food...

Farmer finally picking the fruits of his labour

Pruning fruit trees is an art and a science, and Charles Pietersen is the artist and barefoot scientist. He spent the past 40 years...

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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...

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...

Mkhize taunts smokers: ‘Nicotine addiction is not essential’

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has once more defended government’s decision to extend the ban on the sale of tobacco products during the covid-19 lockdown ordered...