Ndinani Garden Project
In 2014 the Ndinani Garden project was started in the rural areas of Port Alfred. Minet “Rastar ” Nojoko is on a mission to help poor township people put food on the table by giving them free seeds and advice on how to grow vegetables. Instead of sitting around waiting for handouts, Rastar started a community garden project to try and help himself and other struggling households in Nelson Mandela Township (Nemato) to survive. Even though the Ndinani Garden Project does not have any sponsorship, this has not stopped Nojoko from helping 50 poor households grow their own food to eat or sell. “I walk around asking people for donations to buy seeds and equipment,” he explained. “It is very difficult. Some people give you 50c and some give you R50.” What he lacks in funding is overshadowed by Nojoko’s enthusiasm as he regularly pounds the pavement in Port Alfred and makes the haul to Grahamstown for the National Arts Festival to try and raise funds for the project.