Walmer Township tours to feed the needy

2017-03-08 13:03
Duwayne Putter and Loyiso Mafela have started Ekasi Tours to uplift the community of Walmer Township.             Photo: SUPPLIED

Duwayne Putter and Loyiso Mafela have started Ekasi Tours to uplift the community of Walmer Township. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WHEN the two friends could no longer afford to provide food parcels for the needy out of their own pockets, they decided, instead of turning their backs on the hungry, to take a bold leap into the unknown.

Duwayne Putter and Loyiso Mafela decided to start offering unique township tours, and to put all of the profit back into their feeding scheme. Best friends since high school Putter and Mafela have been handing out food parcels to needy residents of Walmer Township on a monthly basis since last year.

Providing the food parcels for 40 families from their own pockets became too costly and they decided to come up with a plan as to neither stop the feeding scheme nor ask for handouts.

“We sat down and thought of ways to make money which would also allow the community of Walmer Township to become involved. So, we came up with the idea to offer guided tours through the area, and named the initiative Ekasi Tours,” explained Putter.

The Ekasi Tours team believe their tours are unique and will have the added bonus of sharing history about the Walmer area not widely known to the public. “Not many people know that the area was initially meant to be a ‘white’ suburb, but in 1898 white business owners wanted their workers to live closer to work, and that is how Walmer Township came about,” explained Putter.

Mafela added, “This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and we show people the beauty and flair that Walmer Township has. The tour includes a walk on foot with a registered tour guide, where we will also take people to socialise with a resident family within a corrugated iron home. They will also get to experience home-cooked meals and traditional beer if they wish.”

Their plans to uplift the community do not stop there. “Within the next two weeks or so we will start with a youth development scheme in which we will empower people aged 18 to 35 with skills training. We will equip them with things such as interview skills - which will assist them in finding employment.”

For more info contact Duwayne on 079 080 9411 or email duwayne@ekasitours.co.za

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