Sustainability Challenge for Rural Upliftment Initiatives

A vegetable growing garden aimed at providing food and jobs to one of the poorest areas has failed

A R500 000 vegetable growing project aimed at providing food and jobs for one of the poorest areas in the North West has failed and only one of the staff members originally tasked with looking after the project was still on the premises.

A few years ago, the Tosca project was one of six vegetable tunnel enterprises that the Dr Ruth Mompati municipality spent R3 million on.

The municipal director of economic development, Kenny Ntshandase states that “We provided the money for a start-up opportunity, with the aim being that the recipients would generate a profit, maintain the project and save a portion of the profits to reinvest and do the necessary repairs. These people just want salaries, but when they have to do the work, they aren’t happy."

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Source: 
Sowetan Live

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