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Shoprite and Checkers opens doors for community gardens through Market Day

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Emerging farmers from approximately 50 community food gardens across southern Africa will be participating in Market Day on 16 May 2024 at selected Shoprite and Checkers stores.  

“We support small-scale farmers by equipping them to grow food through agricultural practices that make them more adaptive and resilient to climate change. Market Day also gives them the opportunity to generate alternative income by selling their fresh and organically grown produce directly to the public at our supermarkets, and gain valuable retail experience in the process,” says Sanjeev Raghubir, Head of Sustainability and CSI at the Shoprite Group.

“For the first time since its launch in 2017, some of the community food gardens that we support in Botswana and Namibia will also bring their produce to market,” he added.

Hunger relief and food security are at the core of the Group’s Act For Change programme through which it supports more than 230 food gardens and 4 000 home gardens – covering over 4.5 million m2 – indirectly impacting approximately 60 000 beneficiaries.    

To support these small local farmers, visit Market Day at the following participating stores on Thursday, 16 May:

Botswana:

  • Adams Eden – Shoprite Gaborone
  • Sharodan Farms – Checkers Airport Junction Centre, Gaborone 

Eastern Cape:

  • Phawu Agripak Cooperative – Shoprite Dutywa
  • Silverdale Womens Development NPC – Shoprite Caxton St El, East London
  • Siyalima Asidlali Co-operative – Shoprite Mini Mt Ayliff, Mount Ayliff
  • Star Upliftment Food Garden– Shoprite Kingwilliamstown
  • Wathint’ Abafazi – Shoprite Ziyabuya, Gqeberha
  • Yizanazo Co-operative – Shoprite Amalinda, East London

Free State:

Gauteng:

  • Carroll Shaw Memorial Center– Checkers Tambotie Mall, Randfontein
  • Dithaka Dikopane Cooperative – Checkers Southgate, Johannesburg
  • LeanoAgri Food Garden – Checkers Greenstone Mall, Edenvale
  • Mahata Mmoho Agricultural Cooperative – Checkers Hyper Vanderbijlpark
  • Mmakgomo Agricultural Cooperative – Checkers Pretoria North 
  • Reach Out Community Project– Checkers Riverwalk, Vereeniging
  • Siyakhula/Reahola Community Garden – Checkers Grey Owl Midstream, Centurion 
  • Winnie Mabaso Foundation – Checkers The Glen, Oakdene  

KwaZulu-Natal:

Lesotho:

  • Action Lesotho – Shoprite Leribe, Butha Buthe 

Limpopo:

  • Marubini Multi-Purpose Women’s Primary Cooperative – Checkers Makhado Crossing, Louis Trichardt
  • Ratanang Agricultural Cooperative Limited – Shoprite Mankweng, Polokwane
  • We Can Women’s Development Co-op– Shoprite Paledi, Polokwane

Mpumalanga:

  • Dikonyana Community Based Care Center – Shoprite Heidedal, Bloemfontein
  • Ekuqaleni Genesis Farm – Shoprite Botleng, Witbank
  • Ploughs and Feathers Co-operative Ltd – Checkers New Hazyview Junction, Hazyview
  • Sibonile Agricultural Co-operative – Shoprite Acornhoek Mall, Acornhoek

Namibia:

  • Groot Aub Fresh Producers – Shoprite Lafrenz, Windhoek

Northern Cape:

  • His Mercy Soup Kitchen – Shoprite Kuruman

North West:

Western Cape:

  • Jesus in Action Our Garden – Checkers Protea Heights, Brackenfell 
  • Mhani Gingi Vegetable Garden – Checkers Constantia
  • Mthimkulu Community Development Programme – Shoprite Kleinmond
  • Siyazama Community Project – Ricardo’s at Shoprite Home Office, Brackenfell
  • Vulamasango – Checkers Weltevreden, Mitchells Plain 
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