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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...

From ‘write-off’ to multi-award-winning international crop exporter

When 27-year-old Uzair Essack saw his peers graduate two to three years before him, he never imagined that he would one day own a multi-award-winning export company that would gain...

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Covid-19 highlighted fault lines of SA’s past’ – Didiza

Alarmed by a potential rise in food insecurity during the covid-19 pandemic, the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, says...

Hunger epidemic: The choice between safety and food

Where before the covid-19 pandemic many poor and food insecure households in South Africa ran out of food in the last week of the month, that...

Jobs Fund giving wings to thousands of unemployed youth

In a world where movers and shakers are often swaggering, Najwah Allie-Edries is a gentle giant who has in the last nine years quietly...

Covid-19: Bumper crops could help country bounce back

Experts in the agricultural sector are confident that the introduction of level 3 lockdown restrictions will bring relief to the food supply chain, which...

COVID-19

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...

Africa can’t let covid-19 health crisis become a food crisis

The covid-19 pandemic’s injurious impact on African economies will clog income streams and induce job losses and subsequently affect the livelihoods of many in the continent, said the minister of the department of agriculture, land reform and rural...

Disrupted agricultural colleges start reopening for some students

Amidst elaborate covid-19 safety precautions and concerns about the effects of a disrupted academic year, agriculture students this week began returning to the campuses...

Chefs with Compassion: Turning waste into wholesome meals

An alliance of local and global organisations backed by 300 chefs, restaurant owners and volunteers have stepped to the fore to battle the immediate...

Farm watch patrols may now resume, confirms department

Farmers and farmer organisations have welcomed the resumption of farm watch patrols that had been prohibited during levels five and four of the covid-19...

Legal showdown for tobacco ban this week

The controversial ban on the sale of tobacco products is heading to court this week, with one of two cases expected to be heard...

LIFESTYLE

In Mzansi ‘Festive’ is a lifestyle, not a season

If you are like me, and you are in awe of the cheery festive decorations in malls and fascinated by the delectable displays of...

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,...

RECIPE: Cold Joburg (lamb shank, gravy and mash)

Winter has come back with a bitter vengeance. Many parts of Mzansi are reeling from the chill of June, with sub-zero temperatures and reports...

RECIPE: Chef Zanele Van Zyl’s pickled fish

Easter time is synonymous with fried fish, curry and warm cinnamon hot-cross buns. Mzansi is known for its lekke Cape Malay curry-soaked fried fish, but we’re in the middle of a nationwide lockdown and can’t travel home...

Chef Nonto ready to sharpen her knife in the culinary industry

Some chefs dream of having their own restaurant, but Nontokozo Mkhonto has other plans, such as selling her own personalised cutlery range called Chef...

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...

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MZANSI RECIPES

RECIPE: Phumzile Mbinda fusing the Middle East and Africa

Another cold front on the horizon for Mzansi this weekend! Why not warm your soul with this Middle East-meets-South African dish of isigwamba and...

RECIPE: Skilpadjies: A fireside favourite

Skilpadjies (tortoises) are a fireside favourite in Mzansi. Errieda du Toit, fondly known as the “Huiskok”, shares this recipe from her 10th published cookbook Share, an ode to community and the culture of...

RECIPE: Frikkadels that pack a fishy punch

A nice frikkie with a fishy twist: Home cook and TV personality Abidah Mohammed shares her secrets to the perfect flakey, crispy hake frikkadel.  Mohammed makes these hake frikkadels that will have your...

MZANSI FLAVOUR

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...

Food is an expression of love, says food TV presenter

The novel coronavirus has turned our world upside down, but at least it has brought some new perspective, says food TV presenter Abidah Mohammed (52).   This is especially useful...

Chef has dreams beyond the professional kitchen

For chef Tefo Mokgoro (33) food is a creative conquest that tests both patience and ingenuity. While he admits that being a chef is hard work, his grit and passion...

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LATEST ARTICLES

‘Let’s make South Africa a great nation,’ says Felicia

Iconic talk show host Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, who now lives in the US, says her New Year’s wish is that South Africans would learn how...

The rise (and rise!) of Mzansi’s craft beer movement

Five years ago, the term “craft beer” could easily have been mistaken for a swear word or an upper-class sangoma’s attempt at making ginger beer. Since...

Popular TV host calls on Mzansi to back our farmers

Popular Afrikaans story-teller, singer and TV presenter, Andries Vermeulen, says he hopes that all South Africans will embrace 2019 with an attitude of gratitude...

Celeb chef shares his fave Christmas food memories

We all have that one dish that the festive season just wouldn’t be the same without. You know, that precious food memory that immediately...

‘Flick’, a short story by Faeez Van Doorsen

On a rocking chair, on the stoep, on another day, stretching hopelessly her powers of recollection for the best of her dead friend, Auntie...

Media queen Roch-Le Bloem’s fave festive desserts

Festive celebrations are made for delicious food, great company and spending all the time we have with loved ones. With time, however, being seen...

No, really! It’s ok to hit the braai for Christmas

As a kid I was completely enamoured by the idea of a white Christmas even though, as a South African, our December holidays are...

5 #Festive bubbly cocktail recipes you never knew you needed

Doctor's orders for the next few blurred wines of the silly season approaching. Please consult your nearest #WineFARMacist for your prescription. Recently I had a few...

Khaya Lam restores dignity through township title deeds

Land reform in South Africa may be a contentious topic, but it’s proving to be quite the contrary for the historic Khaya Lam ("My...

‘Accelerated land reform can improve goodwill,’ says Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa says accelerated land reform has the potential to improve goodwill between the people of South Africa. In his Reconciliation Day address...

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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...