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FEEL GOOD | Cape Town brothers dig deep to help supply local feeding projects

Two Elsies River brothers have began a fruit and veg backyard to help these much less lucky. (Supplied)



  • Geronimo de Klerk, 18, and Valentino de Klerk, 20, began a fruit and vegetable backyard in Elsies River.
  • The initiative helps quite a few local feeding projects in Cape Town.
  • The Western Cape authorities has supported the institution of 1 249 family gardens, 27 group gardens and eight faculty gardens over the previous three months.

Two brothers from Elsies River in Cape Town are digging deep to help feed their neighbours after changing a dumping spot and space beforehand used as an escape route by criminals right into a flourishing group backyard supporting a number of feeding projects.

Geronimo de Klerk, 18, and Valentino de Klerk, 20, proudly confirmed off their work to Western Cape Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer, who visited the fruit and vegetable backyard outdoors the Trinity Place flats final week to see their progress.

The brothers mentioned they began the initiative to help cope with what they name the starvation disaster on the Cape Flats.

“We’ve witnessed that funding for many feeding schemes has started drying up due to the effects of Covid-19, and this is very sad,” Geronimo mentioned.

The open house in Elsies River has been remodeled right into a group backyard supporting a number of local feeding projects within the space. The brothers have been granted entry to an extra 10 open areas.

“We intend to establish food gardens in each of them to help out youths. The high level of unemployment in the area limits their access to resources. The garden, however, provides a place for youth to contribute positively to food security and climate change while at the same time acquiring skills.”

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Two Elsies River brothers have began a fruit and veg backyard to help these much less lucky. (Supplied)

The De Klerk brothers mentioned youth unemployment within the space may be very excessive and has elevated dramatically in the course of the lockdown interval.

Meyer mentioned over the previous three months the provincial authorities has supported the institution of 1 249 family gardens, 27 group gardens and eight faculty gardens.

“Food security is a fundamental human right. On this basis, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture initiated its One Home, One Garden Campaign last year to support households, schools and communities to produce their food,” he mentioned.

“Over the next financial year, the [department] will implement 1 800 household gardens in impoverished communities across the province to enhance household food security.

“This is a revolution that we’re beginning right here within the Western Cape.”

During his visit, Meyer handed over gardening equipment, seeds, fertiliser, wheelbarrows, compost and a water tank with a capacity of 10 000 litres.

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Two Elsies River brothers have began a fruit and veg backyard to help these much less lucky.

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Two Elsies River brothers have started a fruit and veg garden to help those less fortunate. (Supplied)

Before starting the initiative, the brothers, together with other locals, underwent agricultural training. They said 33 fruit trees are growing in the garden, as well as a variety of vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and green peppers.

They also have a keen interest in community development. During Meyer’s visit, Geronimo spoke to him about the issues plaguing his neighbourhood.

“We spoke to the minister about how the backyard initiative began and the way it can change into a supply of job creation for the unemployed youth in the neighborhood,” he said.

According to Geronimo, the MEC has promised to invite the brothers to the Western Cape legislature and the Elsenburg Research Farm.

“We hope the Department of Agriculture can help us to make this project successful throughout the Elsies River group as a result of meals and meals safety (are) all the time essential,” he mentioned.

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