The Working on Fire KwaZulu- Natal Shongweni Team celebrated National Arbor Month by participating in the Food Security Workshop that took place at their base. The main aim of the event was to train the participants to establish an organic garden at their base. This initiative will assist participants to contribute to food security in their immediate families and the surrounding communities.
KZN Social Development Practitioner Sabelo Buthelezi says, “The programme developed this workshop to ensure participants have the knowledge and skills required to start a sustainable food production business on their re-entry into the community.
“The Shongweni firefighters will thereafter split up and travel to the rest of the bases in the province and teach them what they learnt during their five-day workshop. ”Firefighter Xolani Hlela says, “We learnt how to do compost and earthworm farming, which we did with material found around the base, something that anyone can do at home.” He says he can’t wait to share with his colleagues how to grow nutritious food.
KZN Acting General Manager Bongani Nhlabathi told the firefighters, “This project is an opportunity for us to make a difference in our society and eventually in our country. As this is a pilot project, we will rely on your dedication to seize the possibilities to expand it to other bases, communities and provinces.”