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Thousands lifted through innovative KZN land project

Nokuthula Gcabashe (70) and Thulile Elsie Mzimela (63) from Mbongolwane, a small town in the green hills of King Cetshwayo District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal,...

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...

‘You cannot sit all day,’ says award-winning Free State farmer

As income levels continue to rise in South Africa, the preference for meat products from local sources is set to keep increasing. This is...

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...

Food clubs: Let’s turn the tables on SA’s deteriorating health

Sick people get sicker much easier and much faster than healthy people. It is really that simple. Once the first line of defence in...

Get back to the kitchen, Mzansi!

Cooking is not time consuming, says Errieda du Toit. There is a need to break this stigma brought on by the convenience of fast...

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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

How to make delicious family meals on a SASSA budget

Trying to stay afloat with your monthly budget while juggling life and managing a household, all whilst making sure your family eats nutritious and...

RECIPE: Chef Zana’s Durban Style Prawn Curry

Growing up in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, chef Farzana Alvarado was always surrounded by family who loved to cook and bake. Her late grandfather Ebrahim Roshee,...

An adventurous village chef and livestock farmer

Zama Mbane’s last born son, Ovayo, describes her as being adventurous and hard-working. “The things she does is not what other normal mamas do!...

RECIPE: Salad of seasonal veg with labneh and toasted pumpkin seeds

Chef Dale Stevens draws his cooking inspiration from seasonal produce grown organically on the Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl. For Stevens, as the head chef of FABER restaurant on the estate, the 160-hectare...

You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted Thembeka’s chicken wings

There are many ways to communicate, and cooking is one of them, says Thembeka Sibanyoni the 28-year-old star of Tee’s Cooking Addiction, a leading...

Jozi chef is living out his wildest food dreams

“Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey ate my chakalaka!”  Umjita wa se Kasi (Kasi boy) turned gourmet chef, Katlego Sebastian Mlambo still has to pinch himself when he recalls serving former US president Barack Obama and legendary American talk show host and television producer - Oprah Winfrey an...

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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

Covid-19 ‘put black female representation in restaurants on the back burner’

In a world where professional kitchens have long been dominated by white males, Dr Anna Trapido believes that it is about high time that...

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...

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Rape survivor builds healing space for women

Across the globe a war is on the go. A brutal war. A senseless, spiteful war. A war as old as humanity itself. A...

Radio presenter cooks to touch the lives of others

Although Lee Duru has been working in the broadcasting industry for years, she has taken to indulging her love of food and cooking on...

Agriculture can be the big YES for unemployed youth

Agriculture and tourism can offer the key for unemployed youth to gain access to the South African economy, says dr Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Chief Executive...

Solar Farms can prevent stage 1 load shedding

Farmers could be helping Mzansi avoid load shedding even while our agriculture industry gets more internationally competitive, but applications for the building of solar...

Mavis Hlatshwayo’s farm grows daily as she commits herself to it

For most of her life, Mavis Nomvula Hlatshwayo has been committed to farming. Although she only attended school up until grade 3, Hlatshwayo has...

The township food revolution has started

Food For Mzansi has enabled me to tell the stories of a series of tumultuous agricultural journeys and successes of black urban farmers around...

Chefs can be ‘agents of change’, says Unesco

Chefs are agents of change in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, and play an important role in inspiring people around the world to...

Can a South African feast on fried snakes on a stick?

Lindsay Jefthas is a mathematics teacher who lives and works in Beijing, China. After graduating university with a bachelor’s degree in education he taught...

Ice-cream queen spreading scoops of love

An innovator, ice-cream trendsetter and an all-around phenomenal woman. Sinenhlanhla Ndlela, better known by the ice-cream community as Sine, is showing the world that...

From fruit hawker to award-winning lemon farmer

Wayne Mansfield (33), winner of the 2018 Western Cape New Entrant to Commercial Agriculture Award, is one of those overnight successes that was preceded...

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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...