MEC Qoboshiyane concludes engagement with Nelson Mandela Bay Muslims

JULY 23, 2015

Eastern Cape Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, is expected to wrap up his three-day visit to the Muslim community in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro with a visit to the Leaf For Life Foundation farm (next to the St Albans Correctional facility).

The farm has been funded by the department to produce vegetables used to cook food for a number of local soup kitchens managed by the Al Fidaa foundation in the Metro.

Through the its investment, the department built 6-shade cloth tunnels, constructed a borehole, supplied 3-phase electricity, put in place irrigation system for production of vegetables to feed the needy.

During his visit to the farm, MEC will engage with the Al Fidaa foundation on how to help expand their vegetable production in the form of additional tunnels and other related infrastructure and how this will contribute towards job creation and food security in the Metro.

Later in the day, the MEC will join congregants in the evening prayer at the Pier Street Musjid mosque from 17h30 - 19h00.

During his tour, the MEC visited the Bay's Muslim schools where he encourage learners to take agriculture as a subject and as a career of choice. During his visit to the Nasrudeen School; Al Azhar School; Al Azhar Musjid, MEC Qoboshiyane also presented various bursaries offered by the government.

He met with various local community organizations (Al Ansaar; Darul Waqaf; Cuec; Musjid Taqwa; Sanzaf; Motherwell; Kwazekhele; New Brighton) to discuss issues of community development and social transformation. These organizations support the poor in their constituencies with food.

Image: MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane arriving at the Nasuruddin high school in PE for the start of his engagement with the Muslim Community on Wednesday.