Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
The place is rich in history about a war between the Zulus and the English in the late 1800. Led by a Zulu monarchy, his majesty King Cetshwayo kaZulu. Zulu warriors having nothing but spears fighting against a fully armed batallion with all its glorious fierce firepower and won. The place has sufficient water for the envisiged project. Also we get a lot of overseas visitors and the heart of the project we want it where all those incidents took place.
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
The community is quite poor. There is not much activity in the area. The area is in rural parts of KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa. The area is surrounded by mountains, hotels and game park. There are pockets of farms owned by white farmers. Then there is traditional leadership of different Kings reporting to the Zulu monarchy King Goodwill Zwelithini Zulu. The area are gravel roads in and out the area with quite a big river by the name of uMzinyathi. The area falls under uMasinga jurisdiction. The closest town is around 80km away. There are taxis in morning picking people up to town and afternoon from town to village. The fee you pay is around ZaR50 to get to town. There are smaller shops around the place for minor things but not major.
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
The area virtually has no activity. Though rich in history. South Africa as a whole is prone to draught and we would not be excluded. There is a passing by river which to date has not run dry. Our challenges relate to proper irrigation system connecting the river to proper planting where we intend having our hot houses, hydroponic systems and vegetables. Materials including hot houses.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
The centre we are trying and intend setting up will allow all people of the community to be employed. We would grow vegetables for which we already have a market. Having proper irrigation system and hot houses would allow the centre an all season crops. We would also entertain visitors in wealth of traditional Zulu culture. We would serve Zulu meals, get pupils to dance and sing Zulu songs for visitors amusement and entertainment. Pupils would get paid for it. Get exposure to those visitors market that maybe over time some might even go overseas due to such exposure. The centre would invite all members of the community to get involved in art. Create something and bring to the centre for us to sell for them to the visitors who could take it to their countries as survenior, creating employment. Also allowing such people exposure to overseas market perhaps some could even start exporting their art overseas. The centre intends also to acquire blow molding and injection molding machinery. We are in advanced discussions with Massmart for our services. There is also a manufacturing hub government opening in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. We have been afforded an opportunity to provide packaging for those manufacturing companies. This exercise allows everyone to be employed. The centre would consist of rondavels, which would have to be maintained. Community members will do that. Over time we might even manufacture more products like tomato sauce, cheese, etc. All these opportunities would empower the community, take away poverty and eliviate unemployment.
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
Dundee Town is a quiet, small town. There is a college that trains artisans, boilers, mechanics, mechanical engineers, etc. Some of these pupils come from our community. We would allow them their acquired skill to come practise in their area in the centre. We would work closely with the college to give those pupils a chance to do their practicals. The rondavels would offer accommodation for visitors and serve traditional dishes at same time. We forsee also doing peanut butter as our community does plough peanuts but lack a market.Also do tomato sause, different grade cheese. Offers a vehicles repairs and service. Some of these skills we would acquire through our visitors. From their own countries impart knowledge what they know and how they do certain things and certain products to benefit the centre. I believe this is true community empowerment where no one will go to bed hungry. Similar models could later be implemented elsewhere in the country and the world to make it a better place.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
In 2050, I see the area being a manufacturing hub and power house itself with a hive of activities. The environment well looked with usage of solar power and limiting pollution to environment with eskom coal power. I see healthy community members with proper diet as we would be plating fresh produce. Part of our produce given to community for their own consumption. Seeking out families of the community struggling to support them with produce we reserved for communinial consumption. The centre will boost economy of the area, the province and the country at large. Currently we have challenges of Moodies, Standard and Poors and Fitch downgrading the county's outlook to negative. This actually seeks to revitalise the economy of the country. The centre with involvement in traditional song and dance, will allow visitors to get a glimpse of a Zulu way of life and creating employment for those youths and pupils and stop loitering around idle but look forward to a purpose. The community will also be able to do art and we market for them and sell to overseas visitors. We would use technology in the centre for all these activities. The injection molding and blow molding especially would require high tech technology for a variety of activities.