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‘It was tough!’ – agri minister Didiza reflects on the covid-19 challenge

The year 2020 marked the year in which government was to deepen its effective land and agrarian reform. Two policy papers were released for public...

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...

Natural capital: ‘Let’s put our money where our mouths are’

Instantly the blood is drained from the core of my being – syphoned on to the concrete floor. This leaves me paralysed at the...

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...

SA’s first covid-19 podcast for children released

Food For Mzansi today lifts the veil on “Thandi and Captain Stay Safe”, a special covid-19 podcast series to help children and their parents...

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...

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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

RECIPE: Braised ox tongue salad

Beef tongue is one of those undeniably delicious delicacies that South Africans just can’t get enough of. With its subtle flavour and dense muscle texture, when it is slowly...

Anosmic home cook tastes her way in the kitchen

“I read somewhere that great cooking comes from people who have an innate capacity to taste, see and smell, but I totally disagree”. So says 56-year-old...

Care and passion the secret to creating delectable dishes

The key ingredients to creating mouth-watering dishes are not readily available in any supermarket, believes resident Spier Farm Café head chef Hennie Nel (35). Instead it takes “care and passion,” he says. “Those two things are key to making a dish...

Cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage – one healthy green family

Did you know that cauliflower and broccoli stem from the same family? Yip, so does kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts and even collards. They are...

Japan gives Mzansi’s Rooibos their nod of approval

It is an understatement to say that Japanese folk love to drink tea. For them, it is more than just a hot drink. Mingwei...

RECIPE: South African peppermint crisp tart

The South African peppermint crisp tart oozes nostalgia with every bite. It most likely jostles with malva pudding and lekker melktert (milk tart) as an all-time favourite Mzansi delicacy. Foodie and self-published cookbook author of Treet Yourself, Reezwanah Seedat, shares her secrets for the...

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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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LATEST ARTICLES

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...

Will the wine industry’s Pastor Lukau please stand up?

Funny, isn’t it, how one of my all-time favourite films, Pulp Fiction, has so much in common with wine. Gen Z might never have...

Mzansi’s food trucks – not just boeries and slap chips

It seems that food trucks have exploded onto the South African culinary scene in the last few years. We meet two of the entrepreneurs who have...

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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...