Mpumi drives change in Langa

2019-08-08 06:00
Nompumelelo Ngoqo on of the founders of the Urban Rural Development and Capacity Building Project. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Nompumelelo Ngoqo on of the founders of the Urban Rural Development and Capacity Building Project. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A Langa woman is doing all she can to end unemployment and hunger in her township.

Nompumelelo Ngoqo is one of the women who founded the Urban Rural Development and Capacity Building Project. The project offers different healthy meals meals to about 60 people from Monday to Friday. The project also offers employment to over 200 people. Four of them work in the kitchen, while the rest works in different gardens run by the project.

Ngoqo said when they first started in 2000 they were mostly helping women who are in business.

“We saw that we can create jobs for the unemployed and also help others look for jobs, but we also thought that it is hard looking for a job on an empty stomach,” she said.

Ngoqo said they then started the soup kitchen and asked for assistance from the Department of Social Development.

She said they also decided to feed people who are on chronic medication.

She said they work closely with clinics and doctors to ensure chronic patients have something to eat before taking their medication.

She said it was easy to see the difference when people eat before taking their medication. She said the four people who work in the kitchen receives a monthly stipend.

Ngoqo said some of the people who used to work in their gardens managed to study further to become professionals in various fields.

“There are a lot of young people that used to work in our gardens and are now in the corporate world,” she said.

Ngoqo said each year in October they put their tools down to celebrate the hard work that is put into their gardens.

“I can now rest because I can see what my work has done for the community of Langa,” added Ngoqo.

Isaac Mzamane, who gets food from the kitchen daily, said he is grateful because it means he has something to eat.

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