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2017-11-23 06:01
Ujamaa officials Maleika Kgodischo, Inqaba Yamaqabimbola Omhlaba and ReVerend Tsakane Sibanda.PHOTO: voox sonandzi

Ujamaa officials Maleika Kgodischo, Inqaba Yamaqabimbola Omhlaba and ReVerend Tsakane Sibanda.PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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A group of community activists will embark on a “guerrilla gardening walk” for the next seven days starting from Monday November 27.

Walking under the theme: #TheHandThatFeedsYouControlsYou, the activists, who belong to Ujamaa, hopes to raise awareness about the importance of planting food gardens and speak against crime.

“The national statistics released in 2017 indicate that 74 000 young black people died in the hands of other young people in the townships across the country. We believe that the ongoing self-destructive nature of the township existence is informed by the grinding dehumanising poverty that most people find themselves in,” said Ujamaa founder Inqaba Yamaqabimbola Omhlaba.

Omhlaba said they intend to highlight the need to start community gardens.

“Community members must start and maintain food gardens,” he said.

Reverend Tsakane Sibanda of the Church of the Nazarene, said through the walk they will make people realise that lack of space is not an excuse not to plant food gardens.

“In Harare we started a food garden in what was a dumpsite and we are growing nice vegetables there,” she said.

Sibanda said turning the dumpsite into a garden has helped young people to “connect with the land.”

“Ujamaa is a community based organization, it was born from the need to respond to socio-economic challenges. We work towards an alternative, self-reliant and communal socio-economic system,” she added.

She said they as Ujamaa re-imagine a society where there is enough for all.

“We envision an alternative communal society that critically engages its surroundings, living in solidarity and service to each other, sharing in the rhythms,” she added.

The walk will connect various communities and link them with the guerrilla gardening that Ujamaa is doing in Khayelitsha.

It will start at the Ujamaa Amphitheatre early in the morning of 27 November 2017. Maleika Kgodischo another meber of Ujamaa said they were targeting townships because they want to encourage gardening.

“The idea is for the participants to start with a gardening workshop at the Ujamaa Communal Garden. Throughout the walk Ujamaa members will be raising awareness and educating communities about food gardening, water saving and waste management,” he said. Targeted communities include Mfuleni, Delft, Lavis Town, Bonteheuwel, Lagunya ugulethu and Khayelitsha.

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