Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
In the heart of Tembisa at Zitikeni Secondary School, pupils, teachers and residents are growing their own good food and looking after their futures.
Early last year five residents in the Ekhuruleni, Gauteng township and principal, Mrs M Kekana, united to try to solve the problem of hunger at the school and Are-Boekeng, a hospice for orphaned children living with HIV-Aids.
With funding from Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation in March last year and permaculture skills training conducted by greening organisation, Food & Trees for Africa, Zitikeni empowered the school and started an organic food garden.
It currently feeds 2580 pupils daily.
An excited Mr Mabuya, deputy principal and project member, said: "No meal is cooked without vegetables and best of all, our learners are getting a balanced, healthy diet that has improved everything, even their concentration."
The gardens use an organic, environmentally- friendly and inexpensive form of agriculture known as permaculture.
The school has plots allocated to its feeding scheme and is working closely with community project members and pupils.
Thirty percent of the vegetables and herbs is taken home, 60percent benefits the school and 10percent is donated to Are-Boekeng.
Teachers, pupils and residents work together in the gardens during breaks, on weekends and school holidays.
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