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Land is our Security

My name is Karleen van Zyl. I am a young single mother from a small town called Loeriesfontein, 400km from Cape Town. It is a rural town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa and has high unemployment and poverty. We have one opportunity –access to land.

With a friend I share this small piece of land. Land provides us with the opportunity to provide food for our children and meet their basic needs. By growing organic vegetables we are able to provide for our family and the less fortunate members of our community. Our aim is to use our land to grow vegetables and in this way make our community more aware of health and well-being. We also need to educate our people around GMO’s so that they make informed decisions and choices.

We had a long struggle to access even this small piece of land. A land claim on this piece of land puts our livelihood under threat. We however continue to work the land to provide for our families and community. It is hard work to push wheelbarrows and to work in the hot sun. Our love for the soil gives us courage to move on. We have learned hard lessons over time and therefore hold on to this opportunity to make a living. We have learned and we know that we can use and mange our land just like men. Over the years we were made to believe otherwise.

Land is our security.


efe's picture

well done

you are doing so much to take care of yourself and your offspring. well done

JaniceW's picture

Best wishes to you

I can only imagine the struggle it took to own this piece of land, this piece of the earth by which you can provide for your children. These rich soils which will help your community grow. How proud you must be each day as you head out to your land. I wish you all the best with your land and hope you will share more stories with us, as your land flourishes.

lindanov's picture

Land is our security

Hello Karleen
Knowing that you can take care of yourself is a great blessing. Your love of your land comes through your writing. Thank your for sharing it.

sunita.basnet's picture

Equal Access to Our Land

Yes, ofcourse, living with a poverty and with lack of food isn't what we want in our land. We want the equal Access in our land to make sure that everyone is surviving.

I do agree with Janice didi, Karleen share with us about your land and how you feel whatever happened to your land because we want to support you.

I cannot wait to read another piece in the future.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Nusrat Ara's picture

Keep up your spirit. You are

Keep up your spirit. You are working Hard.


atoyebi kayode's picture

it is good to be nice

i like the such of spirit you are made of, may the Lord reward you

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