Garden to fight poverty

2017-07-26 06:00
To celebrate Mandela Day and fight poverty in the community of Barkly West, the South African Police Service’s Women’s Network and Men for Change structures started a vegetable garden on the premi-ses of the Mzansi Centre in De Beers Hoogte.Photo: Supplied

To celebrate Mandela Day and fight poverty in the community of Barkly West, the South African Police Service’s Women’s Network and Men for Change structures started a vegetable garden on the premi-ses of the Mzansi Centre in De Beers Hoogte.Photo: Supplied

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A vegetable garden was established on the premises of the Mzansi Centre in De Beers Hoogte, Barkly West, to help the community to sustain themselves and fight poverty.

This was done by the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Women’s Network and Men for Change structures in the Northern Cape in celebration of Mandela Day.

The centre, which opened its doors in December 2016, provides meals every Friday to approximately 200 community members from Mataleng and De Beers Hoogte and relies on donations to provide the cooked meals.

The Mzansi Centre was founded by the non-profit organisation Building a Future (BAF) in 1996 and previously operated from various homes in Barkly West.

The mission of BAF is to provide a modern and contemporary platform for children and young people to grow and become role models.

The centre is enclosed with a brick fence and has an open area in the backyard that was identified for a vegetable garden.

Maleboga Mocwiri of the Department of Agriculture and Land Reform visited the site and is in the process of discussing the vegetable garden with the centre ma-nagement. The garden will be maintained by 16 elderly men who visit the centre on a regular basis.

A reading corner was also established, which was provided with books by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and bookshelves from BUCO Kimberley.

In addition to the vegetable garden, Lt.Col Sam Nkosi and Lt.Col Tumi Seleke also gave a self-defence demonstration on Mandela Day.

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