Social & Community News
30 April 2021

N4 – The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted once again the desperate need to address food security issues in rural communities across South Africa. As the lockdown took its toll, the need for food security became all the more important. 
Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Pty) Ltd, (Bakwena), is proud of its various community projects along the N1N4 route that have made a considerable difference to community members’ lives.  
One such project is the Eat What You Grow (EWYG) initiative, situated along the Bakwena route, which was successfully rolled out in 2020 in partnership with Zutari, Zutari CSI, CapaSity and Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd and MayFord Seeds. EWYG teaches people to grow their own vegetable gardens and in doing so create a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families. 
“No one in my family goes to bed hungry anymore,” said Buang Molefe from Majakaneng, one of the project participants. 
Said Bakwena chief operating officer Solomon Kganyago: “It is encouraging to note that through these partnerships, training and support, we have been able to make a difference and help communities during these difficult times.”
“I now know how to plant my own vegetables and provide food for my family without spending money,” said Nomangesi Sobahle from Mooinooi.
A few individuals went a step further and decided to sell the produce to local community members and in so doing, created an additional income stream for their families. Their stories are both humbling and heart-warming.

Bakwena N1N4 Toll press release extracts, 20 April 2021 

Nomangesi Sobahle, an Eat What You Grow project participant, built her own gutter to help store water for her garden during the rainy season.
Buang Molefe, an Eat What You Grow project participant that boasts with pumpkin, spinach, peanuts, beans, cabbage, and tomatoes in his garden.


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