Gardeners win with projects

2015-12-16 06:00
WINNERS of the Re Kgaba ka Diratswana Awards of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, will represent the district at the provincial contest in 2016. Photo: Tladi Moloi

WINNERS of the Re Kgaba ka Diratswana Awards of the Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality, will represent the district at the provincial contest in 2016. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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KESTELL. – The Thabo Mofutsanyana District Municipality has chosen a team of 18 people and projects that will represent them at the 2015-’16 Re Kgaba ka Diratswana Free State provincial award ceremony.

This team was selected from a number of projects that won at the local municipalities.

Representatives of the district municipality were faced with a huge task of choosing the winners who will represent them at provincial level.

Re Kgaba ka Diratswana is the Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s initiative to encourage people in the province to maintain back yard vegetable gardens.

Winners in different categories were announced during the regional award ceremony that was held on Wednesday (10/12) in the Kestell Multi-Purpose Centre.

There were six categories with three winners per category.

Apparently all the municipalities in the district were represented at this year’s awards.

Johannes Samuels, one of the adjudicators, said it was not easy to choose winners.

“We were impressed with the number of entries. They have all worked hard and they have very good gardens,” he said.

He told the contestants that they were all winners and encouraged them to work hard for the next competition.

“We should encourage other people to have gardens because that would help us to alleviate poverty,” he said.

He was concerned, however, with the number of entries in some of the categories.

“We need more entries next year. You should go out there and invite people to enter for the competition,” he said.

All winners were presented with a R20 000 VKB voucher.

George Madiba, district director of Thabo Mofutsanyana, said they have decided to give vouchers so that the winners can buy something necessary for their gardens.

Madiba said he was happy and confident with the team that they have selected.

“I am quite sure that they will come home from the provincial ceremony with some awards this coming January.”

  • The winners of the categories were: Best Household – Molelekwa Ratolo from Ladybrand, Paul van Staden from Lindley and Maria Moloi from Vrede.) Best Community Garden – Mahlatswetsa Vegetable Garden (Lindley), Sunduza Vegetable Garden (Bethlehem) and Garden of Eden (Lindley).) Best School Garden – Harrismith Secondary School, Vulindlela Public School (Harrismith) and Barend van Rensburg School (Ficksburg).) Best Clinic Garden – Phuthaditjhaba Clinic, Matwabeng Clinic and Excelsior Clinic.) Best Church Garden – Dutch Reformed Church (Warden), Ethopian Church (Ficksburg) and Old Apostolic Faith Mission (Warden).) Best Community Nutrition Centre – Mamello Community Centre (Harrismith), Clocolan Nutrition Centre and Mmabahloki Nutrition Centre.

The Free State provincial awards ceremony will be held early in January in Bloemfontein.

The venue and exact date will be confirmed.

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