Yomelela reaps green rewards

2017-02-16 06:01
Sibongiseni Dlaku, deputy principal, Lundi Mgedezi, an official from the Metro-East District, Denise Theunissen, NSNP district coordinator for the Metro-East, Pricipal Zoe Mafilika, Lindelwa Sopotela, provincial programme manager for NSNP and learners during the handover of the cheque and certificate, at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Sibongiseni Dlaku, deputy principal, Lundi Mgedezi, an official from the Metro-East District, Denise Theunissen, NSNP district coordinator for the Metro-East, Pricipal Zoe Mafilika, Lindelwa Sopotela, provincial programme manager for NSNP and learners during the handover of the cheque and certificate, at Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Yomelela Primary School in Khayelitsha has become one of the schools that garnered the top honours in a gardening competition in the province.

They received a cheque to the value of R20 000 and a citation after coming second in the contest, sponsored by the Western Cape Department of Education.

The school participated in the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) and beat seven other schools from the province in category B.

Spruitdrift Primary School, which is situated in Vredendal, walked away with the first prize.

Category A is for a big garden which, at times generate profits of over 100 000 in sales, locally and abroad.

Zowa Primary School, in Ladismith, won Category C for smaller gardens.

Makholiwe Xhotyeni, assistant director at the WCED, said the competition was not an easy one for the contestants.

“The standard was very high. It was not easy to identify the winners. There is still a room for improvement for the schools in Category B to qualify to compete in Category A,” Xhotyeni said.

Lindelwa Sopotela, provincial programme manager for NSNP applauded the programme.

She said it provides nutritious meals to needy learners in both primary and high schools.

Sopotela also said they always encourage learners to eat fruits and vegetables.

Denise Theunissen, NSNP district coordinator for the Metro-East District, said she was proud to be part of such a fruitful project.

“The school works as a team. Thank you so much for the good work that you do. We congratulate you and continue doing the great job,” Theunissen said.

Zoe Mafilika, the school principal, said the garden is a big help in the school and also in the community.

“The garden helps us with curriculum development for the learners and also provides food for needy residents through the Ikhaya Le Themba (Community of Hope) project. It also enhances the entrepreneurship skills of learners. They will one day become commercial farmers. Our learners also plant vegetables at their homes,” Mafilika said.

There are 45 learners in Grade 6 who are part of the garden project.

The garden at the school started three years ago.

Nqobile Marawu, a learner, said he was “very happy” that his school won the competition.

Marawu said he has already decided to make his career in agriculture.

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