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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...

Organic gardener takes on food insecurity one garden at a time

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is the saying an organic gardener is living to do his bit in transforming the state of food insecurity in the townships of the Eastern Cape.   The 66-year-old former teacher has created more than 100 sustainable...

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...

Agri’s Got Talent 2020 ready to showcase more hidden voices

When 24-year-old Nonkululeko Sambo advises you to “believe in your dreams, and do not ever limit yourself,” you can believe her. Sambo is an agri...

‘Drop the one night stands and choose food with integrity’

“Sustainable food does not have to come at a high cost. In fact, it can be lekker food if you are willing to buy...

Youth + tech = a food secure future

It is little secret that young people are apathetic to agriculture. Many simply do not see farming as a viable career or livelihood path....

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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

Local chef brings the Seychelles to the Northern Cape

A fondness for French cuisine has prompted a chef from Kimberley to start his own mobile kitchen, bringing the lavish food style to the...

Wild camels a godsend for drought-stricken Kalahari farmer

A caravan of wild camels once used by the mounted police to patrol the Kalahari region in the 1950’s was a sheep farmer’s answer...

RECIPE: Potato and Aubergine Pie

Mzansi’s potato farmers ensure that we’ll never run out of potatoes, despite challenges such as climate change and political uncertainty. Potatoes SA shared this...

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...

RECIPE: Karabo Phiri’s Chicken Necks

Karabo Phiri finds contentment when she is cooking. The 24-year-old runs the Cooking with Karabo catering company and also provides décor services. She says...

RECIPE: Pete Goffe Wood’s Grilled Dry Aged T-Bone served with rocket and charred onion salad, chips and masala butter

Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood says it is important for chefs to travel the world to explore diverse foods and flavours. The 54-year-old restaurateur has...

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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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Why little-understood indigenous foods are great for your health

South Africa has a diverse range of indigenous food crops which are not only a rich source of nutrition, but also good for preventing...

Protect the hands that feed you, pleads Green Terrace CEO

Mbali Nwoko has had enough of people disregarding the role of farmers such as herself. The spirited 31-year-old founder and CEO of Green Terrace,...

‘Change SA through farming,’ pleads food ambassador

Dr Brylyne Chitsunge is the epitome of Wonder Woman. She is a farmer by day, and also the Pan-African Parliament’s ambassador for food security – a superwoman...

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...

Entrepreneurs flock to newly-launched YB Social Club

Leading Western Cape brand management studio YehBaby launched its entrepeneurs club last night, cutting the ribbon on an exclusive digital marketing product offering for...

Agriculture can change SA, fruit industry body tells bursary holders

Hortgro executive director Anton Rabe says he believes in the power of agriculture to change the country for the better. Speaking to bursary holders...

Earthchild Project changing lives, one worm at a time

Don’t underestimate the power of the humble earthworm. They may be crawly and slightly slimy, but they’re changing lives at eight underprivileged schools in...

Economists have mixed feelings about Mboweni’s budget

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's maiden budget speech have left South Africans with mixed feelings, and it seems economists are no exception. Economists that Food For...

Let’s plant anew, says Mboweni in maiden budget speech

In his maiden budget speech, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni called on South Africans to plant anew to, amongst others, achieve accelerated economic growth, increased...

How Siphiwe became a praise singer for African foods

As a young girl, Siphiwe Sithole dreamed of being a singer. Images of gracing the international stages of the world, her gift for song...

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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...