Transformation in Action

[1].Visit from the MEC for GDACE - 2008Back in 2005, the acre of land that is now a thriving social enterprise was a bone-dry and barren terrain that unassumingly blended into the rest of Bezuidenhout Park. It took a dream and lots of hard work for that land to become a locally, nationally and globally recognized hub for knowledge, growth, research and social change.

WSI began as a 1-hectare food garden that supplied a wide range of fresh fruits, vegetables, maize, and herbs to local ECDCs and NGOs that provided home-based care to HIV+/AIDS patients and their dependents. Since then, the garden has transformed and expanded to become a city-, region-, nation- and even world-wide demonstration site, training and research hub.

Siyakhana has achieved the following:

  • Transforming a dumpsite into a flourishing garden
  • Transforming mindsets with regards to health and nutrition
  • Transforming unemployment into entrepreneurial opportunities and employment
  • Transforming entrenched attitudes into sustainable practices

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