‘Green’ investment for Mandela Day

2016-07-27 06:00
Planning a sustainable garden project is Sipiwe Mbelu (middle) from AVE Group, Lumenrock staff and Turning Point volunteers and staff. Photos: supplied

Planning a sustainable garden project is Sipiwe Mbelu (middle) from AVE Group, Lumenrock staff and Turning Point volunteers and staff. Photos: supplied

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LUMENROCK director, Kevin Fleiner, donated funds for a sustainability garden for Turning Point - Amanzimtoti.
This was their project for Mandela Day on 18 July. Fleiner called in the assistance of the AVE Group owner, Mark Nel, Amy Gwillam and Sipiwe Mbelu to select the best spot and prepare the soil for the garden.

“We wanted to do something that will have a lasting impact rather than just a once-off donation on Mandela Day, so we decided to donate plants, vegetables and herbs for the sustainable development of an organisation that has had a lasting impact on the community for many years already.
Turning Point, formerly known as the Amanzimtoti Trauma Unit makes a real impact in communities suffering from abuse,” said Fleiner.

Gwillam selected a variety of vegetables - beetroot, tomatoes, lettuce, mealies, chillies, spinach, onion, cabbage, brinjal and green pepper and herbs - celery, thyme, basil and coriander) for us to plant.
Mbelu showed Lumenrock employees and Turning Point staff on how to plant the vegetables and herbs and how to feed, water, fertilise, etc., the garden.

Loraine Odendaal, Turning Point manager said the sustainability garden will assist Turning Point in supporting and empowering victims of abuse.

Besides assisting Turning Point to save groceries costs, the victims will be taught how to start and maintain their own sustainable garden.

An extra blessing was the planting of a Moringa tree (also known as the drumstick, horseradish, ben oil tree or benzoil tree). Mbelu explained that this tree is a “superfood treasure” with incredible potential to improve health.

Odendaal thanked everyone who participated in making this day and project a huge success.
“A special thank you to Mario Kotze from Mario’s Mini Loads for his contribution to clean up our garden rubble as part of the project.
“Mario got an early start on Mandela Day, but had started the removal of garden refuse on Saturday, 17 July,” Odendaal said.

“It has been an awesome blessing. All of us had a tremendous fun day. There was a team spirit from the word go and it was a great learning initiative,” she added.

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