Reflections on our year – 2021
Note: Images used here are from DRDGOLD’s archive and pre-date the onset of COVID-19.
DRDGOLD concurs, food safety is everyone’s business. We all have a moral obligation, of course, to help ensure that people do not go hungry. Also, what hope is there for any kind of human enterprise, for countries’ economies to survive – particularly in the face of COVID-19 – if stomachs are empty?
DRDGOLD, for some years now, has partnered with Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions in the implementation of the Broad-Based Livelihoods (BBL) programme in DRDGOLD’s host communities.
The BBL programme currently reaches more than 4 000 people, one way or another, teaching them how to use their own yards and any other land legally available to them to grow food – in the first instance to feed themselves, and then to produce a surplus they can sell in their communities to generate an income.
A recent BBL development is the teaching of food preservation skills. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 600 million people fall ill and 420 000 die every year from eating contaminated food. Properly preserved food prevents illness and death, and – importantly –
reduces food wastage.