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January 23, 2020 - Voice of America

SOUTH AFRICA: Meet the Afri-Vegans Slowly Embracing Veganism

SOUTH AFRICA: Meet the Afri-Vegans Slowly Embracing Veganism
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Meat may be meeting its match, as more and more South Africans are experimenting with vegetarian and vegan lifestyles.

Veganism — which entails cutting out all meat and animal-derived products, such as dairy, eggs and honey — is slowly growing globally. A Google Trends report puts South Africa at 14th globally in searches for "vegan," the only African nation to rank so high. While there is no official count of how many vegans there are in South Africa, the interest has led a sprouting of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Johannesburg, the nation's economic hub. And this year, Africa's first large-scale vegan and plant-based exposition will land in Cape Town.

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