Erf 144, Region F
Evans Muchesa - Research and Projects
+27 74 516 7575
Thabang Makoloi - Farm Manager
+27 60 344 7184
In 2005 on a hectare-sized piece of land located in the middle of Bezuidenhout Park within the inner city of Johannesburg, Prof Michael Rudolph, together with colleagues and community representatives, established Siyakhana, a food garden and social entrepreneurial enterprise that has evolved into a platform for research, training and a capacity-building incubator and resource hub. [MORE]
A process of transformation was indeed at play: an arid and unproductive plot of land was transformed into a flourishing oasis; dry, infertile land was transformed into a nutrient-dense and rich soil; and unemployed and unskilled job-seekers transformed into urban agriculturists, trainers and entrepreneurs.
But most importantly, people’s mindsets were transformed from attitudes of apathy, neglect and disempowerment to ones of purpose, inspiration and confidence. This transformation has enabled individuals and groups to take greater responsibility and control of their wellbeing and environments. Siyakhana – which means ‘We build one another’ – provides an environment and culture of thinking about humanity, compassion and goodness, an Ubuntu ideology and a proudly African approach to life.
We strive to better understand the role of communities in which we operate by integrating local indigenous and community knowledge into the development of people and projects. We harness social networks and social capital in order to shed light on how food security and resilience can be better understood and thereby better addressed. We tackle hardship with compassion and make every effort to transform the problems within communities into potential and possibility.