Making Food Choices
Food Security in South Africa

©Eric Miller
There are many factors that influence the way we make decisions. When it comes to food, our cultural backgrounds, financial status and wiring of the brain all play a part in choosing what to eat and when.

SouthAfrica.co.za explores the way we make our food choices as well as different cultural contexts that shape food preferences and customs.

Addicted to Food

Regardless of what drives us to eat, and then eat some more, the satisfaction that some foods give us will trigger the reward centre of the brain, making us feel good. Once we know how good...more

Cultural Backgrounds Impacting Tastes

Food inflation impacts the access to food. But once a family has that food, other factors determine how they choose to use that food, which also has implications for whether or not they...more

Preference for Non-essentials

It seems surprising that cash-strapped households would allocate even a part of what little they have to what seems like the non-essentials. But we need more than just food to live – we need...more

Preparing the Evening Meal

On Sunday morning, Thabiso Qhasane’s last day at home before he packs and heads off back to Carltonville to sign up for another year of work as a miner, he seems calm and undisturbed...more

Real Life Story: Born on the Wrong Side of the Tracks

Leonie Joubert paints a picture of Malaykamp, the section of De Aar rife with poverty and alcoholism. It is here where she looked into the lives of children affected by poor...more

Real Life Story: Culture and Family Influence on Health

As an occupational therapist with many years served in the mental health field before moving into academics, Julie Lingah can see where the stress of her mother’s diabetes made an...more

Real Life Story: Day in the Life of an Informal Settler

It is Saturday morning, and Cornelia has used an opportunity to hitch a ride to a nearby shopping centre on the roadside near Wonderboom where she buys some groceries...more

Real Life Story: Growing Up in Chatsworth

On Julie Lingah’s fourth birthday, she thought her mother was being murdered. Outside, the sky hissed, popped and boomed with Diwali fireworks. Inside, her mother’s screams filled...more

Real Life Story: Tea at Winnie's

The following is the story of Winnie Maneli, a Xhosa mother who saw the growing of her family from poverty to success. A seasoned cook, she explores recipes of both a traditional and...more

Traditional Cooking

Meat recipes are conspicuous by their absence from many traditional recipes. AmaXhosa reared animals like cattle, goats, sheep and pigs both for meat for the family to mark special...more

Women-headed Households

When Cornelia’s second marriage ended, she learned the hard way how vulnerable a woman can be as a single-income unit. With it came a loss of material security that saw her join the...more