Aim for fresh veggie Fridays

2015-08-24 09:40
Nondumiso Mbhele gets some fresh spinach from city horticulturist Mbulaheni Tshivhase at the garden in Freedom Square Taxi Rank.

Nondumiso Mbhele gets some fresh spinach from city horticulturist Mbulaheni Tshivhase at the garden in Freedom Square Taxi Rank. (Ian Carbutt)

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POPULAR city horticulturist Mbulaheni Tshivhase spent his Friday handing out freshly harvested vegetables to taxi drivers, conductors and passers-by near the Freedom Square Taxi Rank.

Mbulaheni, the man behind the array of flower and vegetable gardens in the city, said his “life is fulfilled” when he sees the smile on local’s faces who receive the vegetables.

“It is very exciting to see hardworking people on their way home come to me and know they can receive fresh, healthy vegetables for their family. I was supposed to only hand them out to the taxi drivers and conductors, but so many members of the public stopped for some too. We had to harvest more to hand out,” said Tshivhase.

Tshivhase harvested and handed out fresh kale and spinach for about an hour on Friday. He said he hopes to hand out the vegetables every Friday.

“I don’t know how much I handed out because when someone comes to me I ask how many are in their family and then hand over a sufficient amount. It is not just about giving the vegetables, it is about making sure their entire family is sufficiently fed. Just handed-out vegetables will be losing the value of this cause,” said Tshivhase.

Tshivhase’s vision is to change the mindset of Pietermaritzburg visitors and residents and promote a healthy city lifestyle. The vegetables distributed were grown and harvested at the Freedom Square Taxi Rank.
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