FOOD SECURITY AND JOB CREATION INITIATIVE TO BE LAUNCHED IN EMALAHLENI MUNICIPALITY
27 August 2021
Mpumalanga Premier Ms Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane and the MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA) Mr Mandla Msibi will launch the Agricultural Food Basket Initiative at Siyancoba Community Project. This is part of the Provincial Government’s Masibuyele Emasimini flagship programme now called Phezukomkhono Mlimi to use fallow fields to fight hunger and poverty through the massification of crop production especially food crops.
This will be the second launch of the programme, after the eManzana initiative in Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality, in the Gert Sibande District. The initiative seeks to improve the food and nutritional security of vulnerable households in rural, urban and peri-urban areas of the Province amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Siyancoba project is located at a Leeupoort Farm in Klarinet and was established through a donation of a 7 hectares of land to be used by a local community for food production. The project will create multiple jobs for women and the youth. Through this initiative, the Provincial Government will provide infrastructure, production inputs, mechanization support, training, extension and advisory support services.
Details of the launch are as follows:
Date: 30 August 2021
Venue: Klarinet, Emalahleni Local Municipality
The media is invited to attend the function.
For RSVP contact Ms. Zanele Shabangu ((A) Head of Communications - DARDLEA) on 072 089 9556 or Ms Sibongile Mkani-Mpolweni (Premier’s Spokesperson) on 082 967 2138.
Issued by the Mpumalanga Provincial Government
(A) Head of Communications - DARDLEA: Ms. Zanele Shabangu
Tel: 013 766 6133
Mobile: 072 089 9556
(A) Provincial Government’s Spokesperson: George Mthethwa
Tel: (013) 766 2242
Mobile: 083 302 2774