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A South African man has just given a hectare of his land away to help feed his community.


Inspired by the retired South Africa policeman who started a vegetable garden on his pavement, Sipho Simelane has decided to give up 1 Hectare of his land to help feed his own community.

Earlier this week, Johan Scott, a retired policeman from Heidelberg went viral after starting a vegetable garden on his pavement. He realised that there were people that were hungry in his neighbourhood so he decided to cultivate an even bigger garden on his pavement in order to feed more people.

“It makes my heart happy when I see people eating my vegetables”.

“That is why I planted this, because the people are hungry, they need this”

Scott decided to plant beans, tomatoes, eggplants and beetroot for the local community to help themselves to free produce. He hoped that this garden would change how many hungry people there are in his town but his story has done something far greater.

It has inspired thousands of South Africans to join the fight against hunger in our country.

Sipho is one of those South Africans. He read the Good Things Guy story and immediately started thinking about what he could do to assist.

“My family would like to give 1 Hectare of agricultural land for FREE to start a Community Garden Project.”

“I was inspired by a selfless gentleman Johan Scott. The hope is that this selfless and generous act will inspire more people around South Africa to become proactive in the fight to prevent hunger.”

There are many places around South Africa that have vegetable gardens for the homeless, these offer a form of employment and a food source for people actively working to change their circumstances.

“As Sipho Simelane, I’m NOT a farmer and would like to see this land used and would like any child, family, church or company that can put their ideas, time, skill, resources to get this going and use this (10,000 square meters) of land to plant and feed the hungry. A lot of companies have Corporate Social Investment “CSI” and I’m also inviting them as well. Let’s put our money where our mouths are.”

“This land is available immediately and is situated in the Midvaal area Drumblade, Gauteng about 40 km from Jo’burg not too far from the Heineken Brewery.”

Since posting the status, Sipho has been inundated with requests to use the land to help the community. He is currently working through proposals to make sure that the land and the Community Garden Project will ultimately help feed as many hungry South Africans as possible.


Sources: Facebook
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Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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