Little green enthusiasts winners

2016-10-20 06:00
 Winners Sisipho Ntobongwa, Luniko Tukulula and Nqobile Ma-Awu with teacher Akhona Mani and Ikhaya le Themba’s Heinrich Ungerer and Khanya Sitenge.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Winners Sisipho Ntobongwa, Luniko Tukulula and Nqobile Ma-Awu with teacher Akhona Mani and Ikhaya le Themba’s Heinrich Ungerer and Khanya Sitenge. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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It was a proud moment for three learners from Yomelela Primary who came out tops in the schools food gardening competition.

On Thursday, Sisipho Ntobongwa and Luniko Tukulula, notched 3rd and 2nd place respectively while BM Section’s Nqobile Ma-Awu took first place.

According to the school teacher and gardening project organiser Akhona Mani, the competition was to promote a culture of gardening among the young pupils at the school.

The gardening project began last year with the grade 4 and was carried over top the grade 5’s who started their own small gardens and competed.

“We gave them the tools to start their own small gardens either here at the school or at their homes as part of our gardening project.

They had to be responsible for their garden and make sure that it produces enough food and we were very impressed with what they came up with,” said Mani.

She said they were even happier to learn that some of the pupils even managed to be resourceful.

“The overall winner proved to be creative when initially his father unfortunately bought him the incorrect fertilizer and he used the little that he had to make it work. Instead of laying the fertilizer all over his garden he used little amounts on the direct plants and he made it work,” said Mani.

She said that she hoped that this project will grow a culture of growing their own food so that they can contribute to their schools feeding programme and to also help assist in their homes.

The school works Ikhaya Lethemba an NGO which initially started its work with orphans and destitute families but has now expanded in community projects such as gardening projects.

The organisation’s Theresa Richardson told City Vision that there were more benefits to gardening other than just producing food.

“There is a very good rewarding feeling when you start a garden and you plough seed, watch them grow and became something.

It is a very fulfilling exercise that more people should try but it needs someone that is going to be diligent and be patient with their garden,” she said.

The big winner on the day Ma-Awu had his late grandma to thank for his garden. “She taught me how to plant seeds and how to grow them and now i have my own garden at home. Im very happy to have won today,” he said.

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