Cosmo City youth gives back to the community
Muzi Nkosi manages a food garden with 50 volunteers in Cosmo City.
JOHANNESBURG - A Johannesburg youth has set out to create a culture of self-subsistence through a community food garden in Cosmo City.
Muzi Nkosi has planted a vegetable garden that feeds at least 100 orphans and destitute children every day.
He recently won R10,000 in a Youth Service Grant Competition through the National Youth Development Agency to expand the project.
Nkosi says the feeding scheme is mostly intended to empower the group of 50 volunteers who are involved in the effort.
"I don't believe in giving people salaries. I believe in empowering people."
He plans to use the money to form a business hub for youth-owned enterprises.
"For now, we are going to group each other into tens. One of them will be doing a car wash, while the other works on the garden full time and sells some of the produce to the community."
He says communities should not depend on government alone.
"Whenever we have challenges of service delivery, let's stop vandalising buildings. Let's involve ourselves in solving those problems because the government is not a big machine that dispenses clinics, schools and whatsoever. We can do something about it."
The NYDA says it will secure sponsorship for a borehole to be built on the initiative.
Watch: National Youth Development Agency - Youth Service Grant Competition