Monday, April 22, 2024
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This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

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A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

EFF: <\/strong>The EFF recognises the vital role school feeding programmes play in child development and learning. We plan to significantly improve this by providing two nutritious meals daily to all learners in all schools by 2025. We will prioritise sourcing this food from local small businesses and farmers, supporting the local economy and promoting healthy, fresh food options. Furthermore, by 2025, every school will be required to have a vegetable garden, promoting environmental awareness, hands-on learning, and providing fresh produce for meals.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"}; \n

\nhttps:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/kaalfontein-food-garden-cultivates-community-spirit\/\n<\/div><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

EFF: <\/strong>The EFF recognises the vital role school feeding programmes play in child development and learning. We plan to significantly improve this by providing two nutritious meals daily to all learners in all schools by 2025. We will prioritise sourcing this food from local small businesses and farmers, supporting the local economy and promoting healthy, fresh food options. Furthermore, by 2025, every school will be required to have a vegetable garden, promoting environmental awareness, hands-on learning, and providing fresh produce for meals.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"};

\n

The tool connects schools to the local farmers in their areas when seeking to source ingredients. It also serves as an educational platform for healthy eating.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\nhttps:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/kaalfontein-food-garden-cultivates-community-spirit\/\n<\/div><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

EFF: <\/strong>The EFF recognises the vital role school feeding programmes play in child development and learning. We plan to significantly improve this by providing two nutritious meals daily to all learners in all schools by 2025. We will prioritise sourcing this food from local small businesses and farmers, supporting the local economy and promoting healthy, fresh food options. Furthermore, by 2025, every school will be required to have a vegetable garden, promoting environmental awareness, hands-on learning, and providing fresh produce for meals.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"};

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Ghana has successfully implemented a digital meal-planning tool as a mobile application. The application allows users to create the most cost-effective meal with their available ingredients, combined with their nutritional content. It is user-friendly, and even people without a nutritional background can use the tool to create nutritious meal plans.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The tool connects schools to the local farmers in their areas when seeking to source ingredients. It also serves as an educational platform for healthy eating.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\nhttps:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/kaalfontein-food-garden-cultivates-community-spirit\/\n<\/div><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

EFF: <\/strong>The EFF recognises the vital role school feeding programmes play in child development and learning. We plan to significantly improve this by providing two nutritious meals daily to all learners in all schools by 2025. We will prioritise sourcing this food from local small businesses and farmers, supporting the local economy and promoting healthy, fresh food options. Furthermore, by 2025, every school will be required to have a vegetable garden, promoting environmental awareness, hands-on learning, and providing fresh produce for meals.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


\n\n\n\n

Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\"Dr
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

\u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"};

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  • Distribute a digital meal planner, which will assist schools and food handlers in creating menus and ensuring the most efficient and nutritious meal options are delivered based on food cost and availability.<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n\n\n\n

    Ghana has successfully implemented a digital meal-planning tool as a mobile application. The application allows users to create the most cost-effective meal with their available ingredients, combined with their nutritional content. It is user-friendly, and even people without a nutritional background can use the tool to create nutritious meal plans.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    The tool connects schools to the local farmers in their areas when seeking to source ingredients. It also serves as an educational platform for healthy eating.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \nhttps:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/kaalfontein-food-garden-cultivates-community-spirit\/\n<\/div><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

    EFF: <\/strong>The EFF recognises the vital role school feeding programmes play in child development and learning. We plan to significantly improve this by providing two nutritious meals daily to all learners in all schools by 2025. We will prioritise sourcing this food from local small businesses and farmers, supporting the local economy and promoting healthy, fresh food options. Furthermore, by 2025, every school will be required to have a vegetable garden, promoting environmental awareness, hands-on learning, and providing fresh produce for meals.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


    \n\n\n\n

    Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

    A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \"Dr
    Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

    Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"};

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  • The content will also ensure food handlers are skilled in food preparation.<\/li>\n\n\n\n
  • Distribute a digital meal planner, which will assist schools and food handlers in creating menus and ensuring the most efficient and nutritious meal options are delivered based on food cost and availability.<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n\n\n\n

    Ghana has successfully implemented a digital meal-planning tool as a mobile application. The application allows users to create the most cost-effective meal with their available ingredients, combined with their nutritional content. It is user-friendly, and even people without a nutritional background can use the tool to create nutritious meal plans.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    The tool connects schools to the local farmers in their areas when seeking to source ingredients. It also serves as an educational platform for healthy eating.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \nhttps:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/kaalfontein-food-garden-cultivates-community-spirit\/\n<\/div><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

    EFF: <\/strong>The EFF recognises the vital role school feeding programmes play in child development and learning. We plan to significantly improve this by providing two nutritious meals daily to all learners in all schools by 2025. We will prioritise sourcing this food from local small businesses and farmers, supporting the local economy and promoting healthy, fresh food options. Furthermore, by 2025, every school will be required to have a vegetable garden, promoting environmental awareness, hands-on learning, and providing fresh produce for meals.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


    \n\n\n\n

    Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

    A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \"Dr
    Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

    Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"};

    \n
  • Develop training videos and hard-copy content to be disbursed to food handlers on the standards of quality food preparation of various meals.<\/li>\n\n\n\n
  • The content will also ensure food handlers are skilled in food preparation.<\/li>\n\n\n\n
  • Distribute a digital meal planner, which will assist schools and food handlers in creating menus and ensuring the most efficient and nutritious meal options are delivered based on food cost and availability.<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n\n\n\n

    Ghana has successfully implemented a digital meal-planning tool as a mobile application. The application allows users to create the most cost-effective meal with their available ingredients, combined with their nutritional content. It is user-friendly, and even people without a nutritional background can use the tool to create nutritious meal plans.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    The tool connects schools to the local farmers in their areas when seeking to source ingredients. It also serves as an educational platform for healthy eating.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \nhttps:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/kaalfontein-food-garden-cultivates-community-spirit\/\n<\/div><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

    EFF: <\/strong>The EFF recognises the vital role school feeding programmes play in child development and learning. We plan to significantly improve this by providing two nutritious meals daily to all learners in all schools by 2025. We will prioritise sourcing this food from local small businesses and farmers, supporting the local economy and promoting healthy, fresh food options. Furthermore, by 2025, every school will be required to have a vegetable garden, promoting environmental awareness, hands-on learning, and providing fresh produce for meals.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


    \n\n\n\n

    Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

    A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \"Dr
    Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

    Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    READ NEXT: Mogale bets on research, collaboration for a bright future<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Old Mutual partners to boost agricultural growth in SA","post_excerpt":"Old Mutual joined forces with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, promising financial muscle and digital tools to empower rural farmers and help unlock South Africa\u2019s agricultural potential.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"old-mutual-partners-to-boost-agricultural-growth-in-sa","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-20 08:37:58","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:37:58","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178805","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":false,"total_page":1},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_3o3","class":"jnews_block_11"};

    \n
  • Address the delays in procurement by shifting from a centralised to a decentralised procurement model at a provincial level, where feasible.<\/li>\n\n\n\n
  • Develop training videos and hard-copy content to be disbursed to food handlers on the standards of quality food preparation of various meals.<\/li>\n\n\n\n
  • The content will also ensure food handlers are skilled in food preparation.<\/li>\n\n\n\n
  • Distribute a digital meal planner, which will assist schools and food handlers in creating menus and ensuring the most efficient and nutritious meal options are delivered based on food cost and availability.<\/li>\n<\/ul>\n\n\n\n

    Ghana has successfully implemented a digital meal-planning tool as a mobile application. The application allows users to create the most cost-effective meal with their available ingredients, combined with their nutritional content. It is user-friendly, and even people without a nutritional background can use the tool to create nutritious meal plans.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    The tool connects schools to the local farmers in their areas when seeking to source ingredients. It also serves as an educational platform for healthy eating.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \nhttps:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/kaalfontein-food-garden-cultivates-community-spirit\/\n<\/div><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

    EFF: <\/strong>The EFF recognises the vital role school feeding programmes play in child development and learning. We plan to significantly improve this by providing two nutritious meals daily to all learners in all schools by 2025. We will prioritise sourcing this food from local small businesses and farmers, supporting the local economy and promoting healthy, fresh food options. Furthermore, by 2025, every school will be required to have a vegetable garden, promoting environmental awareness, hands-on learning, and providing fresh produce for meals.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    We also note the homes these learners come from also need the provision of food, so we will provide a monthly nutritional pack to indigent families receiving social grants, supplementing their food intake and promoting healthy eating habits at home.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    IFP:<\/strong> We will ensure that we get the basics right first, by making sure that schools that are currently rolling out nutrition programmes effectively deliver. Thereafter we aim to efficiently run nutrition schemes in all public schools across the country.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    FF Plus:<\/strong> The decentralisation of these programmes is important. Effective oversight is also necessary to ensure that money allocated to a school for a feeding programme is utilised for such.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA is committed to ensuring adequate funding for all feeding scheme programs, especially for indigent communities, to guarantee sufficient access to nutrition. As part of our commitment to capacitate a professional and corruption-free education system, we will ensure that capable individuals efficiently administer key programs, such as the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    PA:<\/strong> We believe the experience of a school feeding scheme in Colombia piloted by the World Bank shows how greater transparency in public procurement and supply chain management can lead to far less of the money for these public projects being stolen or mismanaged by officials. They used blockchain to encrypt every step of the delivery process. We believe systems like these will improve not just school feeding schemes but can greatly reduce inefficiencies and corruption in all forms of public procurement.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> The school feeding programmes are vital to the learners and their families. Unfortunately, the National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) is plagued by corruption with poor monitoring of the programme by provincial departments, and no accountability. It is critical that the Department of Basic Education improve, and where necessary, build proper storage facilities and distribution networks, and impose strict monitoring controls to account for the food supplies.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Secondly, the volunteers should be trained to improve food safety standards to ensure learners\u2019 well-being.<\/p>\n\n\n\n


    \n\n\n\n

    Would you introduce feeding programmes into early childhood development centres?<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    ANC:<\/strong> The ANC did not respond to our questions.<\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    DA:<\/strong> We do not have a party position on this issue. It is only recently that ECD learning was made compulsory. We will investigate this issue further and develop a position considering the relevant evidence.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    EFF:<\/strong> We intend to expand access to ECD programs, making them free and compulsory for all children from age three upwards. Here, we will also ensure we have focused nutrition programmes, ensuring children receive proper nutrition during their critical developmental stages.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    IFP:<\/strong> Yes, we aim to roll this out in all public schools. Furthermore, we will address child malnutrition by supporting families who cannot afford to feed their vulnerable children through creating a register and by providing families with food relief through a SASSA voucher program.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    FF Plus:<\/strong> Feeding programmes at schools and ECDs are essential. A hungry child cannot thrive and this and other socio-economic challenges lead to the current high drop-out rate and low literacy rate.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ActionSA:<\/strong> ActionSA will increase the budget allocation for ECD and increasing funding for ECD centres, which will include funding for nutrition programmes to ensure that young children receive adequate nutrition in their formative years.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    PA:<\/strong> Yes.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    MK Party:<\/strong> The MK Party did not respond to our questions.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    RISE Mzansi:<\/strong> Of the Department of Basic Education\u2019s ECD R17 per child per day subsidy, only R6.80 is intended for nutrition. This is insufficient. We simply must accept as a national obligation to ensure no child goes hungry, and no child goes to school hungry. School feeding programmes should be extended to include ECD centres.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    This article was first published on GroundUp<\/a><\/strong><\/em><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    ALSO READ: Elections 2024: Farmers voice fears, frustrations and expectations<\/a><\/p>\n","post_title":"Elections 2024: Major political parties address food insecurity","post_excerpt":"Despite the urgency of addressing hunger in South Africa, not all political parties have responded to inquiries about their plans. With approximately 12% of households experiencing food insecurity, it's crucial to understand how each party aims to tackle this issue.","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"closed","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"elections-2024-major-political-parties-address-food-insecurity","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2024-04-19 12:49:30","post_modified_gmt":"2024-04-19 10:49:30","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.foodformzansi.co.za\/?p=178391","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":178805,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2024-04-20 08:35:37","post_date_gmt":"2024-04-20 06:35:37","post_content":"\n

    A collaborative effort to accelerate agricultural sector growth in South Africa was announced at a thought leadership session co-hosted by Old Mutual and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.<\/strong><\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThe partnership [between the two organisations] will assist us to collectively work towards creating an enabling environment and a platform for businesses, partners, government, and stakeholders to flourish,\u201d said Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s provincial general manager in the Western Cape.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Addressing nearly 100 people at the Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl, he highlighted the importance of partnership and financial access for agricultural businesses.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Govender emphasised Old Mutual\u2019s dedication to supporting the agricultural sector through various initiatives. He specifically mentioned the Old Mutual Masisizane Fund, which has been \u201csteadily scaling up its successful micro-enterprise lending programme\u201d in partnership with the Phakamani Foundation.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Since its inception in 2007, Govender noted, the Masisizane Fund has been addressing \u201cpoverty and chronic unemployment in underserved communities of South Africa\u201d by providing crucial support to aspiring agricultural business owners. This includes micro-business loans, training, and support to underprivileged entrepreneurs.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \"Dr
    Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape government\u2019s agriculture department, pictured with Lushen Govender, Old Mutual\u2019s Western Cape provincial general manager; Tinah Mohlamme, business development and stakeholder relations manager; and John Lawson, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO. Photo: Ivor Price\/Food For Mzansi<\/figcaption><\/figure>\n\n\n\n

    Empowering rural farming communities<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Govender pointed to the Masisizane agricultural flagship project as a prime example of the transformative power of collaboration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    The goal is to empower a group of emerging farmers to transition into successful commercial grain farmers, specialising in soya beans, dry beans, and maize. Additionally, the organisation is now broadening its scope to include other agricultural projects.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThrough an investment of over R100 million together with its partners,\u201d he explained, \u201cthe Masisizane Fund has changed the prospects of the rural farming community in the Alfred Nzo and Harry Gwala district municipalities [in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, respectively].\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Digital solutions for modern agriculture<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Recognising the importance of embracing technology, Govender introduced Old Mutual SMEgo, a digital platform designed to meet the specific needs of agricultural small- and medium-scale enterprises.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    \u201cThis innovation comes at the right time,\u201d he declared, \u201cwhere we all exist in the digital era of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smarter more efficient ways to operate.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Old Mutual SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. \u201cEquipping SMEs with quality funding solutions has long been one of our key social investment focus areas,\u201d said Govender.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    SMEgo offers a comprehensive suite of features, including automated invoicing, funding opportunities, and business management tools. Govender elaborated on the functionalities, stating, \u201cSMEs can sign up on this platform for free and for an affordable fee of R99 per month you can automate your business function of invoicing fully.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Building a strong partnership<\/strong><\/h4>\n\n\n\n

    Govender expressed his optimism for a long-lasting partnership with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. \u201cWe are delighted that the Cape Chamber of Commerce will now be part of the voice that grows the Old Mutual business while creating a positive impact for our communities,\u201d he said.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    This collaboration aims to address the financial challenges faced by many agricultural businesses, but it goes beyond that.<\/p>\n\n\n\n

    Govender concluded by emphasising Old Mutual\u2019s commitment to the agricultural sector: \u201cOur purpose is to help our customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways that will create a positive future for them, their families, their communities, and the broader society.\u201d<\/p>\n\n\n\n

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