The sad reality is that nearly 14 million South Africans face the daily challenge of having enough food on the table. Sadder still, 1.5 million of these are children under the age of six. These children experience a variety of health issues caused by chronic malnutrition and are left with stunted development and growth. The community of Gansbaai, is a reflection of these national trends and currently has an unemployment rate of 31% and has nearly 75% of households reporting moderate to severe food security issues.
SAB prides itself as one of South Africa’s most socially progressive and innovative enterprises focusing investments on sustainable projects that empower communities. The Cape Regional SAB office assisted the Grootbos Foundation Gansbaai Community Farm project with an investment of R 128 900.
The project entails women from the community project going through an urban agriculture course and are thereafter given allotments to tend. Once harvested, the vegetables and herbs will be used to feed families and generate additional income in conjunction with a market programme the Grootbos Foundation is implementing.
The Grootbos Foundation is grateful for SAB’s support in this worthy cause and looks forward to this programme being the starting point for a long-term solution for the Gansbaai community.