Food gardens can alleviate Gauteng hunger problem

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Caucus Leader

Note: These are the remarks by Jack Bloom MPL at launch of a sponsored food garden at Delport informal settlement in Germiston

I am very pleased to launch today the first of what I hope is many more food gardens in informal settlements in Gauteng.

According to a survey by the Gauteng City Region Observatory, one in five Gauteng residents said they or another adult had skipped a meal over the past year because there was no money to buy food.

37% of respondents said that they ate fewer than 3 meals a day.

These are very worrying figures that should concern us all.

Only 3.6% of Gauteng residents grow their own food, a figure that can be boosted dramatically by household agriculture.

The Gauteng Provincial Government could do much more to promote sustainable food gardens by involving the private sector and people of expertise and goodwill.

Old tyres are a valuable resource in growing vegetables, as has been demonstrated today at this food garden.

I have arranged with some companies for them to donate their old tyres to informal settlements so they can grow vegetables in them.

We need to pay more attention to nutrition in boosting the health of Gauteng residents through a government, business and citizen partnership.