Neighbours form a green garden to eat

2017-02-09 06:01
 Bonakele Khoboka, Vumeleli Makhaba, Nonzame Mavuso and Thembinkosi Mbongonya, members of Masithobelane Garden in Town Two in Khayelitsha PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Bonakele Khoboka, Vumeleli Makhaba, Nonzame Mavuso and Thembinkosi Mbongonya, members of Masithobelane Garden in Town Two in Khayelitsha PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Starting a garden project has made a significance change in the lives of residents of SST Section from Town Two in Khayelitsha.

Bonakele Khoboka, 66, is one of seven members of Masithobelane Garden who took the initiative to work the soil in an effort to fight poverty.

The garden is situated on an open space towards the entrance to Town Two from the N2 side and was established in 2005.

Khoboka said he used to struggle to put food on the table until he joined the small scale farming co-op.

“We took a decision to start the garden, because we were unemployed and did not have food at home.

“Our lives have changed for good since then. I am now able to support my family through this garden. I encourage others to follow suit and fight hunger,” Khoboka said.

Thembinkosi Mbongonya, 62, said he does not regret joining the farmers.

“Some people do not see farming as something good for them to do. They are lazy to do it and they do not know its benefits. It helps me to save money, because I do not have to buy vegetables,” Mbongonya said.

They cultivate almost all vegetables and sell them in Philippi Market - a fresh produce project funded by the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government.

They are part of Abalimi Bezekhaya project.

Khoboka said there are things that are causing headaches for them such as the theft of the perimeter fence and equipment.

He said 2016 was their “worst year” because they lost everything as result of the fence being stolen.

“Livestock eat our products because people steal our fence. We have now resorted to using old mattresses as fencing. They also steal our equipment which we store in the container. We wish that the government can help us with fencing the garden,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.