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Mama Nomonde, the Gugs queen who started 8 veggie gardens

On the outskirts of the Mother City lies Gugulethu, one of the oldest townships with just shy of 100 000 residents. One of them is...

‘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...

Fed-up farmers turn to Facebook to sell their produce

Thousands of fed-up farmers, concerned that their enterprises would not survive a substantial decline in sales brought on by the covid-19 lockdown, have turned...

Witzenberg: Farming in a covid-19 hotspot

The covid-19 pandemic has impacted farmers in the Witzenberg municipal area in many ways. But what farmers and agri-workers from this area can all...

Rural and agri-schools fear covid-19 death trap

As learners across the globe are returning to classrooms, principals of rural and agricultural schools in South Africa are fearing that the pending reopening...

‘Agriculture freed my family from the prison of poverty’

Three years ago poultry farmer Kagalelo Matlala from Kuruman in the Northern Cape had a life-changing epiphany that she couldn’t ignore. She realized that her...

COVID-19

Lockdown: ‘Let us hunt,’ plead game farmers

The unprecedented challenges caused by the novel coronavirus have wreaked havoc throughout the entire wildlife industry. Without swift government intervention, game farmers are fearful...

World Hunger Day: Children suffer most

As the world marks the tenth annual World Hunger Day today and the United Nations World Food Programme predicts a worldwide hunger pandemic by the end of the...

Covid-19: ‘Keep your house clean,’ farmer advises rural employers

Some 330 kilometres from Cape Town lies the small hamlet of Koekenaap, a patchwork of farms where grapes, beetroot, pumpkin, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and...

Level 3 lockdown ‘risky for farming communities’

While many are celebrating the news that South Africa will soon move to level 3 of the covid-19 lockdown, a foremost infectious diseases physician...

Lockdown level 3: SA wine prices set to drop

The covid-19 pandemic has seen the demand for South Africa’s wine across the world decrease significantly, say players in the local wine industry.  The consumption of wines in restaurants...

Now is the time to buy red meat – if you can afford it

The global meat industry continues to feel covid-19's impact as global lockdown measures complicate trade prospects. Economic growth estimates for 2020 have been lowered, and...

LIFESTYLE

RECIPE: Slow Cooked Tripe

In 2016 Vanessa Dossi, a 28-year-old digital marketer and self-taught cook, turned her food blog into a lucrative business and she hasn’t looked back....

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...

Siba sets the table for international success

Award-winning celebrity chef Sibahle “Siba” Mtongana found her love for food in her mother’s kitchen. As a wife, mother of four, businesswoman, author and...

Government learnership empowers young chef

While many fret and wrack their brains about what to do after obtaining their matric certificates, taking the road less travelled helped 22-year-old Patience...

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...

Covid-19: Lockdown junk food recipes

Full disclosure. I’m craving junk food. I miss the convenience of grabbing a pizza or burger. It doesn’t help that my social media timeline is bombarded with cries for Mzansi fast food joints to be reopened, because hey, I...

CHANGEMAKERS

New black-owned wine producer takes flight

A brand-new, 100% black-owned and managed wine producer is being born. The culmination of a 13-year-long development project will see the Elethu farm in Bonnievale shake off its training wheels...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Lockdown oxtail potjiekos

Winter is here! And it is time to scrub that cauldron and warm your soul an oxtail potjiekos recipe prepared by radio personality and retired rugby...

RECIPE: Harira vegetable soup with barley and quinoa

South African cookbook author and food stylist Dianne Bibby has travelled throughout the world. Though she has visited every nook and cranny of the...

RECIPE: Sweet chilli chicken wraps by Tharwat Londt

Wracking your head over what to make next? Beat the culinary boredom by adding a dash of tropical flavouring and excitement to your menu with executive chef Tharwat Londt’s pineapple chicken sweet chilli wrap recipe.   Just the right...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

Retired rugby player honours mother’s legacy through food

Social media is abuzz with “lockdown chefs” who have taken to the kitchen to express their creativity. For many, cooking has become more than a hobby, it has been a way...

‘Food connects, food is love, food is community’

Food has the innate ability to connect souls, believes cookbook author Dianne Bibby. Food is a universal language, says the 52-year-old Johannesburg native who is also a food...

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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LATEST ARTICLES

Spiritual healer now champions traditional Khoe plants

There’s a river which runs through Zuurbraak, a little village just outside Swellendam in the Western Cape. The river has its source in the...

Maseli Letuka still dreams of farming on his own land

Maseli Letuka (70) is an award-winning farmer who’s beaten the odds. He’s achieved what many small-scale farmers aspire to. However, after 20 years of...

Bayer SA celebrates agricultural sales excellence

The wait is finally over. No less than 55 winners of Bayer South Africa’s Annual Sales Awards were revealed at a glitzy awards ceremony...

Indigenous Pedi tea from ‘the Garden of Eden’ takes organic market by storm

Nondumiso Phaahla, 56, remembers how her parents would show deep gratitude when she makes tea for them. “It was a big thing!” she says. ...

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...

Now the Chinese are going gaga for African foods

When he first set foot off the plane, a young Chinese boy approached him. The boy wanted to rub his finger against him to...

Thusong Projects building skills for a sustainable future

Imagine an initiative that creates jobs, improves food security, restores human dignity and cares for animals, all at the same time. Thusong Projects does...

Sustainable cotton initiative increases cotton production more than eight-fold

A national intervention in the SA cotton textiles and apparel sector has helped unlock the growth and job creation potential of the cotton industry....

Tobacco farming changed 89-year-old Mazosiwe’s life

Every morning the soon to be 90-year-old tobacco farmer Nokamile Mazosiwe steps barefoot onto the piece of land she nurtures in Ngcobo in the...

How is innovation impacting SA’s coffee industry?

As one of the world’s favourite beverages and major sources of caffeine for many consumers, coffee continues to play an integral role in the...

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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...

Lockdown: SAB could dump millions of litres of beer

South African Breweries (SAB) is set to dump 130 million litres of beer if they don’t get permission from government to transport alcohol during...

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...

Covid-19 ‘ten times worse than flu’, warns CT victim

Stay at home, pleads a Cape Town retail buyer who has just tested positive for the dreaded covid-19. He suspects that he was infected...