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  • 03 May 2018

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Outcome 7: Basadi Bayaiketsetsa Agricultural project changes lives

Basadi Bayaiketsetsa Agricultural project, a women run project in Malubaluba Ward 2, is achieving significant results across the Matatiele areas by creating opportunities for underprivileged people to support and sustain themselves.

Since Basadi Bayaiketsetsa started operating in 2013 with Seven (7) members, they are supplying Pick n’ Pay with 25 bundles of spinach and sell to hawkers in Matatiele. These members are planting vegetables and aim at venturing into chicken production.

As part of supporting women led projects under Special Programmes Unit, and in responding to Vision 2030, that include the new growth path, which sets the trajectory of economic development to improve people’s lives and enable economic growth, Matatiele local municipality purchased a water tank, seedlings and wheelbarrows to assist this project to grow. The Department of Rural Development & Agrarian Reform is also assisting this project by providing seedlings.

Although Basadi Bayaiketsetsa is making strides in helping the historically-disadvantaged, the reality is that just like many similar projects, it is faced with constant challenges that make it difficult to carry out its agendas. Key among these is a lack of proper support and funding, weather conditions affecting the production.

“Equipping community-based enterprises to develop, operate, compete and maintain a commercial business is an overarching challenge to poverty alleviation, wealth creation and economic growth and development in Matatiele,” says Ms Mayirha Kanunu from Basadi Bayaiketsetsa Agricultural Project.

She further encouraged the youth to join the project so that they can transfer the skills to them and carry on with this legacy project. “We want to also sell chickens and involve our youth as we venture into planting tomato which will be turned into tomato sauce and potatoes into chips.

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