AERCT, Carnival City and DRD Gold Partner in Agricultural Project

Tunnel FarmingThe Afrisun East Rand Community Trust (AERCT) has partnered with Carnival City and DRD Gold to develop a tunnel farming project to benefit 31 unemployed Ekhuruleni residents, to the tune of over R1 Million.

The project seeks to create jobs, alleviate poverty, develop skills in agriculture and create a sustainable business for the Caritas HIV Hospice Centre, where it is based. The tract of land also houses a pre-school for AIDS orphans, who will also benefit from the project. Participants will be trained in business & financial management and marketing during a 5-week training session.

Candidates were selected from the pool provided by outpatients at the Caritas Hospice, recently-retrenched DRD Gold employees and unemployed people from the Ekhuruleni area.

AERCT Executive Trustee Sandy Hattingh believes that it is a rare privilege for Carnival City, the Afrisun East Rand Community Trust and DRD Gold to have been granted an opportunity to make a  difference in the local community. “We look forward to seeing this project up and running and can’t wait to stand side by side to celebrate the new lease that this project has given to the community,” she says.

Project participants will also benefit from the fact that while they are training, all the entities behind the project will be doing their best to ensure the project’s success, with the provision of the required equipment and tools & tunnels taken care of and soil testing and preparation already undertaken.

For more information, contact:

Sandy Hattingh
Afrsun East Rand Community Trust
082 447 0373

Issued on behalf of the AERCT by:
Trevor Crighton
083 652 7713