Everything began as a young boy, playing in his grandfather garden. Playing there he discovered the wonders of the world of plants. The flowers, the trees, bees and butterflies flying from plant to plant, all of these impressed him.
After leaving school in Grade 10, Siyabonga moved to Masakhane and initially worked clearing alien vegetation. He knew he wanted to do something where he was helping and caring about the environment but jobs were scarce and he took up every opportunity that presented itself.
In August 2016, Siyabonga found a position as a member of the Gansbaai Community Farm team. The aim of this exciting project is to empower members of the Gansbaai community to learn about growing their own food and alleviate food insecurity in community households. Food insecurity in the local community is estimated to be in the region of 75%!
Combined with being enthusiastic, motivated and determined Siyabonga has learnt key skills as an integral member of the team. He has learnt about identifying plants, eco-systems, making compost and garden design. Siyabonga has, in particular, been interested to learn about recycling, growing food organically and conservation. He openly declares that being involved in the project, “changed my way of thinking, my vision of life”.
Siyabonga has taken his new learning to heart and advocates and educates all around him, even after work hours. Siyabonga takes his role of giving back and transmitting his knowledge very seriously.
Come and visit Siyabonga and the Gansbaai Community Farm project the next time you are in the area!