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Farmer feeds 800 families on day of mother’s burial

A poverty-stricken community in the Western Cape this morning united in prayer for a Witzenberg farmer who honoured his commitment to feed nearly 800...

Top honours for two agricultural TV show presenters

Two of the prestigious Mediaveertjie awards presented earlier today are for the work done on popular agricultural television shows, Landbouweekliks on VIA and MegaBoere...

Covid-19: ‘Farmers are godsend during this pandemic’

As South Africa enters its fifth consecutive week of the covid-19 lockdown the nation’s farmers have, once again, pledged their support for unprecedented efforts...

‘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...

Entrepreneur trades her high heels for gumboots

Urban farmer Vuthlari Chauke (32) is no ordinary woman. She’s a self-motivated powerhouse in the world of farming with intellectual vision and a killer...

Former herd boy now runs his own agri business

From a herd boy in the fields near Heilbron to a successful entrepreneur focusing on farm infrastructure maintenance and provision in the greater Kroonstad area -...

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...

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...

LIFESTYLE

A dietician’s food guide to clean, healthy eating

Functional flavour. Clean eating. Raw foods. Juicing. You've heard of these trends in healthy eating, but what do they mean? Food For Mzansi’s resident...

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...

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...

RECIPES: Flavourful Flu Shots

Getting ready to defend yourself from the flu this winter? Try these dietary flu “shots”, a mixture of immune-boosting ingredients in a shot-glass. They...

RECIPE: Metjie Shongwe’s Pork Trotters

Metjie Shongwe worked as a bank teller and receptionist before she discovered her culinary potential. At 36 she runs her own catering and décor...

Former MasterChef contestant finds peace in the kitchen

As a young girl, Khayakazi Kepe (35) started “cooking” during play time with her friends. Back then, she had no idea that she would...

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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

Believe it or not, your make-up actually has agricultural roots

For years women have built their confidence on how they look and how they feel about themselves. In addition, through the usage of cosmetics,...

Farmer’s son wins top Western Cape award

The seeds for his career in agriculture were sown at birth on his father’s farm. Born in 1990, the year former President Nelson Mandela...

Top tips to beat the Black Friday shopping madness

Hit the brakes, fasten your seatbelt and brace yourself as the world is getting ready for one bumpy ride. As the time to Black Friday accelerates, just about everyone is buckling up for a day of crazy savings and even crazier behaviour.   Store windows...

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...

How a fashionista became a top egg farmer

A detour five years ago may have cost Mbalentle Sipingane her dream of studying fashion, but it has opened several doors for her in...

Wandile Sihlobo bags Agriculturist of the Year Award

Leading agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo was named Agriculturist of the Year by Agricultural Writers SA moments ago. Sihlobo heads up agribusiness research at Agbiz,...

Mossel Bay foreman wins top Prestige Agri Award

After months of criss-crossing the province looking for the Western Cape’s best agricultural workers, 16 regional winners were chosen from more than 1 300...

‘Coffee is my first love, but you can be my second’

A good cup of coffee can actually leave you weak in the knees, and at a loss for words with a high temperature. Seriously....

Going underground with a mushroom farmer

How does a young woman take over a farming business from her father to double production, carve herself a niche in a highly competitive...

‘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...

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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...

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...