Meet Ma'Kaba, the woman who's hailed a hero in Cape Town townships

Meet Ma'Kaba, the woman who's hailed a hero in Cape Town townships

- Tenjiwe Kaba is one inspirational woman, and her work within the informal settlements led to people dubbing her a local hero

- The 69-year-old gogo uses vacant land in townships to plant vegetables

- And, she inspired others to do the same, which helps people with food and an extra monthly income

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Not all heroes wear capes, in fact, some appear in the form of a gogo with a kind heart and an idea to change the lives of others for the better.

Ma'Kaba has been using vacant pieces of land in townships to grow vegetables for the past three decades and her innovative agriculture business positively impacted townships across Cape Town.

When Kaba moved to Khayalitsha in Cape Town in the 80s, she saw how many vacant pieces of land there were in the informal settlements.

So, with the help of community organisations and government, the 69-year-old and several other ladies started planting vegetables in those dusty lands.

The message of her work spread and soon other people followed in her footsteps. Today there is 30 gardens across Cape Town, TimesLIVE reported.

Meet Ma'Kaba, the woman who's hailed a hero in Cape Town townships

Meet Ma'Kaba, the woman who's hailed a hero in Cape Town townships. Photo credit: TimesLIVE

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Briefly.co.za learned Kaba grew up in Kokstad on a farm and she used to sell vegetables on the streets since she was just 14-years-old.

Although she made little to no money then, the entrepreneur gathered knowledge which she used in her gardens.

Kaba won several awards for her work, including the best subsistence farmer in SA award in 2015.

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