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Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 41, Issue 4
Around 1 million people in South Africa – the majority of whom are recent arrivals from the former apartheid homelands, Transkei and Ciskei – live in the shacks that make up Khayelitsha, Nyanga and the area surrounding the Cape Flats outside Cape Town. Just under half, or 40 per cent, of the population is unemployed, while the rest barely earn enough income to feed their families. In Xhosa, the most common language found in the area, the word abalimi means “the planters”. Through partnerships with local grassroots organizations, the aptly named, Abalimi Bezekhaya, a non-profit organization working with the people living in these informal settlements, is helping to create a community of planters who can feed the township.