Author: Joanne Fairbrother

Velo Vegans Cycling for Peace

Pedalling for peace

It’s International Vegan Day when I first get to chat with Andi Brand and Sven Fautley (the Velo Vegans) at a bring-and-share lunch in Durban. They have broad smiles, bushy hair, fit bodies, and radiate an air of carefree confidence. The duo have started their cycle journey that will see them wind their way through fourteen countries in East Africa.

Vegan Santa Christmas

Summer loving

There are loads of ways to keep it cool – rather than cruel – this holiday. South African Vegan Society Director ANNA JORDAN shares some creative ideas to avert festive fallout As we head...


Festive Feast (Cape Town) – 19 December 2015

It’s that time of year again; when we get to go on holiday, loosen our belts and enjoy the Festive Season. This year Vegilicious (The Good Food Society) and The South African Vegan Society...


Plants on Fire, Braai Day Braai (Durban) – 24 September

Durbanites are gathering together to celebrate Braai Day / Heritage Day, and we want to invite you to join us as we celebrate with a 100% vegan community braai. With great food, hot coals, cool drinks, awesome people and friends around it is a not to be missed event.


Vegan Picnic (Cape Town) – 7 November 2015

If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise… Hello Cape Town. We’re excited to announce a new date of Saturday 7 November for our picnic since the last...

Vegan Nutrition Introduction

An Introduction to Vegan Nutrition

Will a vegan diet meet all my nutritional requirements? A balanced vegan diet provides all the protein, calcium, iron and iodine required by our bodies. Vitamin B12, once the bane of vegans as it...

Vegan Nutrition Grapefruit


What is a vitamin? A vitamin is an organic compound required as a nutrient in tiny amounts. A compound is called a vitamin when it cannot be synthesized in sufficient quantities by the body...

Vegan Nutrition Lentils

Protein / Amino Acids

The most common question most vegans are asked about their diet is, ‘but where do you get your protein?’ Unfortunately, most people confuse meat with protein, and assume that vegans therefore aren’t getting enough....



What is iron? Iron is a metal that is essential to humans, primarily because of the role it plays in mediating red blood cells in the body. While plant-based sources of iron (non-heme iron)...

Vegan Nutrition Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids

What are essential fatty acids? Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are a group of saturated fatty acids that your body needs for several important purposes, including cellular functions, mood and behaviour modulation, dealing with inflammation...


Vitamin B12

What is vitamin B12? Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin(e) because it contains cobalt, is a very important essential nutrient: among other things we use it to synthesise red blood cells and maintain the...