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

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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.

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