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Barberton Youth Fight Poverty with Agriculture

W Maphanga

The ANC encourages and support initiatives that strengthen agricultural production and the promotion of food security. We therefore salute the youth and the community of Barberton in Mpumalanga for utilising the 2.5 hectares of land donated to them by the Correctional Services Department in 2015, for agricultural purpose, for poverty alleviation as well as for youth development and job creation initiatives.

The youth from the area collaborated with the Department of Corporative Governance, which had employed Seriti Institute to assist in transferring agricultural skills to the youth and the community of Barberton in general. To date, the project has managed to employ more than 85 community members, amongst them parolees, probationers and ex-offenders who are using the land effectively to produce vegetables. All employees receive a monthly stipend, paid for by the Department of Corporative Governance.

Thus far, the project is benefiting 25 households and 18 care centres within the borders of Umjindi. The ANC is encouraged by this initiative and calls on other institutions to emulate this initiative in alleviating poverty and addressing unemployment.

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