Vacant land transformed into a veggie garden to feed community

Durban – A filling station worker has turned a small plot of unused land at the Engen where he works into a garden producing veggies that feed the staff and local community.

GOOD NEWS: Blessing Pondani, grows vegetables to feed his community

News 24 reported that Blessing Pondani, 30, originally from Malawi and now based in Greenwood Park in Durban, started working at the Engen Riverhorse Valley Convenience Centre when the filling station opened its doors in May last year.

He started off as a general cleaner until one day when he inspected the land around the filling station.

“I told the boss that this was fertile land and that we should use it to grow veggies.”

 Pondani said his boss, Senzo Mfeka, liked the idea so much that the next day he returned with spinach seedlings.

The man with green fingers started the process of growing the spinach.

“The boss bought fertiliser and then we took the small plants that were starting to grow and we transferred them to the ground and a month and three weeks later we had our first bunch.”

Pondani, who now juggles his day between cleaning and the garden, said when the spinach is ready, he harvests it and gives it to his colleagues.

“We have had so many requests to sell the spinach but we are not allowed to. My boss takes the spinach and he gives it to disabled people around his community.”

He has added carrots and plans on adding tomatoes to his garden.


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