NGO food factory in PMB

2010-09-10 00:00

THE site of the old Kodak factory in Edendale is now home to a state-of-the-art R51 million food factory, the initiatve of an NGO that aims to supply international aid donors.

The facility, which has machinery and equipment from India, has been opened by Joint Aid Management (JAM), a South African-founded humanitarian relief and developmental organisation with more than 26 years of experience implementing community development projects.

About 60 people will be employed at the “fortified blended” food manufacturing facility, which will produce a corn soya blend (CSB) food that can be easily prepared by adding water.

The aim of the factory is to provide for a shortfall in relief and development assistance of about 60 000 tons per year of fortified blended food.

JAM’s programmes focus on food security, nutritional interventions, early childhood development, HIV and Aids education, care and support of orphans and vulnerable children, provision of water and sanitation solutions and agricultural development programmes.

The former printing-plate manufacturing plant based at Masons Mill Industrial Estate and owned by the American firm Eastman Kodak closed in 2007.

The 8 600 m2 buildings are on a 21 000 m2 property.

Vincent Mnisi of JAM told The Witness the facility also has warehousing for prepositioning of food for emergency responses in southern Africa.

“Quality standards will be in line with world trends … and the plant will be accredited to supply international aid organisations.

“Our approach is one of employing nationals from the local community, with a strong focus on previously disadvantaged individuals and on gender equality.”

The capacity of the factory is 30 000 tons of CSB per year, while the prepositioning warehouse can store 10 000 tons of bagged products.

“The investment includes a fleet of five articulated truck-tractor vehicles to service logistical requirements of the factory,” Mnisi said.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in the U.S. has provided the funding for the investment, he added.

JAM also has factories in Beira, Mozambique, and Benguela, Angola.

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