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"Using aquaponics means you can have a higher yield from a smaller production area"

What do a performing arts organisation, a bicycle and an organisation which trains community members in aquaponic farming have in common? At first glance, not much. "But," says Sthokozile Nkwanyana of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), "thanks to some creative thinking and support from the Social Employment Fund (SEF), these two NGOs have come up with an innovative collaboration."

From left to right at the Harvest Festival and launch: Thapelo Pule (MC, Provincial Coordinator), Ryan Dittmann (National Coordinator SEF ASSITEJ SA), Unathi Sihlahla and Janet Lee Ogilvie from INMED at the launch of the Kasi Sellers Network
The two NGOs, with seemingly unrelated projects, are ASSITEJ South Africa and INMED South Africa. In a collaborative effort between these two organisations, the Kasi Sellers Network was launched this month. As part of this initiative, aimed at enhancing market opportunities for smallholder farmers while creating employment opportunities for youth, a novel idea was born. Custom-made bicycles, with specially designed compartments for fresh produce and fish (tilapia and catfish).

Beyond growing markets for smallholder farmers, increasing revenue and creating employment, the Kasi Seller's network will also strengthen investment opportunities for scaling among smallholder farmers.

ASSITEJ believes every child and young person deserves access to the arts, especially live theatre, which is a transformational force. The main purpose is to contribute to a more empathic, engaged and creative society. ASSITEJ South Africa, was launched in July 2007 at the National Arts Festival and there are now over 100 local and international volunteers, interns and members.


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