A tea with a special South African taste will be produced in Limpopo before the end of the year. The homegrown tea will be produced on the Tshivhase and Mukumbani tea farms in the Vhembe district. The Department of Agriculture took over the running of the tea farms after tea producer, Sapekoe, retrenched over 3 000 workers from four estates in the province at the end of 2004.
The province has the highest rate of illiteracy in the country with 1,9 million people unable to read or write. To tackle this problem, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele, started the Masifundisane Adult Literacy Campaign last year. The campaign is now well on track to put an end to illiteracy by 2008, Ndebele said recently. Masifundisane, which means let us teach one another, will also benefit volunteers and others who are part of the campaign.
Walking on the naked electricity cables that are stripped by electricity thieves can kill people. As part of its broad anti-crime campaign, the Buffalo City Municipality is educating community members on the dangers of damaging electrical infrastructure. The municipality has teamed up with the South African Police Service, Eskom, ward councillors, religious leaders and community-based organisations. In the past nine months, about half a million rand was spent just to replace electricity poles cut down by thieves.
A plan to put an end to child labour in the Western Cape, Limpopo and Northern Cape was launched in April by the Department of Labour. Because the law protects children, the campaign aims to make people aware of children’s legal rights and the seriousness of child labour in South Africa.
To help previously disadvantaged farmers to survive the current drought, North West Agriculture Department will provide farmers with fertilizers and farming equipment. The high cost of farming equipment and fertilizers is big problem for farmers because it prevents them from paying off their loans to the Land Bank.
The small towns of Hoedspruit and Ogies will benefit from a R3,2 billion biofuel project funded by the Industrial Development Corporation and the Central Energy Fund. The Hoedspruit plant will make 100 million litres of biofuel from sugar cane in the first year, while the Ogies plant will make 150 million litres from maize. Maize will be bought from local farmers and traders as part of the plan to empower communities. Biofuels are made from plants. The sector is among those identified for development by AsgiSA..
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