CapeTalk Breakfast celebrates Mandela Day at Philippi Village

CapeTalk’s breakfast team will be celebrating Mandela day at The Business place – Philippi Village in Khayelitsha.

Philippi Village is a business and industrial park for local entrepreneurs.

It is a 12 hectare site, which was previously a Cape Town's cement factory, originally built in 1940’s. This old factory site is now being recycled and renovated into an entire ‘Sustainable Entrepreneurial Neighbourhood' called Philippi Village.

The village has a number of community focused projects which operate on the site:

Fish Farm

The decline in marine eco-systems need innovative ideas to preserve them and Alan Fleming has provided a possible solution. Fleming is the Director and founder of Fish Farm and he is being working with Lungile Mafilika who started as a gardener but now a qualified aquaculturist.

The Fish Farm was created with the aim to give the unemployed access to means of production right where they live; and earn an income by farming and selling fish. Each farm produces 2.5 tons of edible fish per year and 15 tons of aquaponics vegetables to the value of R300 000 per annum.

Fleming believes agriculture and aquaculture have the potential to provide hundreds of thousands of jobs for South Africa. The Fish Farm has a globally recognised achievement for the Siemens Foundation “Empowering People Award”.

Afri-CAN Café

Afri-CAN Café provides training, skills enhancement through further education, long-term employment and home ownership grants for their staff members at each of their cafe's. Their focus is to alleviate poverty in the townships of South Africa.

Each café provides not less than 20 000 free school breakfasts per year to vulnerable children under 6 years of age from surrounding communities.

Abalimi & Harvest of Hope

Abalimi Bezekhaya is a non-profit organisation based in township communities like Nyanga and Khayelitsha. Abalimi Bezekhaya is a Xhosa dialect meaning “Farmers of the Home”. The residents in these townships grow their own vegetables to feed their families and to give to the needy people in their communities.

Harvest of Hope is a marketing project for Abalimi Bezekhaya, which provides a market for excess produce by selling this produce on behalf of the farmers in the form of a weekly organic bag scheme. To make sure the trade is legitimate, Harvest of Hope has some kind of a contract with the farmers which in turn secures their income.

Mama Mimi Bakery

Mama Mimis Bakery offers an opportunity for entrepreneurs to become Mama Mimi's Bakers by providing training, life skills and on-going support to the micro-bakers, who produce a range of baked goods right in their respective neighbourhoods.

At Mama Mimi’s, a potential baker commits R1 000 to start their own sustainable baking business. It is like teaching a man how to fish instead of giving him fish, they say.

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