Poverty alleviation group receives equipment and fencing

2019-07-03 06:01
Some of the members of the Food Justice Collection group at the official handover of the equipment on Friday.PHOTO: lethiwe­ makhanya­

Some of the members of the Food Justice Collection group at the official handover of the equipment on Friday.PHOTO: lethiwe­ makhanya­

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EQUIPMENT worth R100 000 was donated to the Food Justice Collection Group last Friday.

The equipment was officially handed over to the members of the group by the Pieter­maritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa), who assisted them in getting the donation.

The Food Justice Collection Group is composed of people from all over Pietermaritzburg who engage in agriculture and crafts and sell their goods as a way of fighting poverty.

The equipment included wheelbarrows, hand hoes, garden forks, watering cans, seeding trays, shed shade cloth (UV resistant) and fencing materials.

Pacsa Process Facilitator Phakamani Malinga said they have been working with this group for over five years. He said the money to buy equipment was donated by the Kingdom Slots Corporate Social Investment programme after Pacsa wrote a proposal on behalf the group.

“We are working together with them but we are part of them, we just help where we can. There are about 300 members in this group from all over and they all do the things by themselves. They plant, sell, and save money,” he said.

Group member Sebenzile Shoba, from Thembalihle in Eastwood, said she joined the group as it aims to fight poverty and also teaches their children that there are other ways of making money.

“As long as you have brains and hands there is a lot that you can do to make money and fight hunger.

“We are very happy now that the people that were stealing from us wont get a chance because we will fence the area.”

Group member Funokakhe Vidima, from Madiba, said they are very happy with the equipment and it is going to be a great help in their project.

“We will now be able to fence our garden and the livestock will not bother us anymore.

“We had a big problem with livestock that used to go to our garden and mess everything up and eat our vegetables but now that is going to be a thing of the past because of this donation.

“We are very grateful, it will make our job much easier now,” said Vidima.

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