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#LockdownSA: Looming food emergency due to structural inequalities

  The nutrition challenges facing South Africa are complex and underpinned by historical and current inequalities, while undernutrition coexists with the rising incidence of obesity and non-communicable diseases, say experts. Associations and experts working in nutrition and food systems say that the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent national lockdown has emphasised the importance of food security and nutritional wellbeing for all in the country.   They …

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#Helpafriendout: Community-led project centres nutrition needs

“Growing up, I used to help my grandparents with their small garden where we grew flowers, cabbage and spinach. That’s where I developed an interest in farming,” says Amogelang Moroba, chairperson of the Soshanguve-based organisation #Helpafriendout. Food security and hunger has come to the fore in South Africa, as the Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdown has exacerbated pre-existing …

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#CoronavirusSA: Diabetes inaction will cost lives

Integrating diabetes testing and prevention strategies into the country’s Covid-19 response plans are key to reducing the mortalities the country may face, writes Karyn Maughan. Diabetes – a life-long condition in which the body either cannot make enough insulin or cannot effectively use what it produces – is on the rise in South Africa, with the International …

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#CoronavirusSA: Diabetes inaction will cost lives

  Integrating diabetes testing and prevention strategies into the country’s Covid-19 response plans are key to reducing the mortalities the country may face, writes Karyn Maughan. Diabetes – a life-long condition in which the body either cannot make enough insulin or cannot effectively use what it produces – is on the rise in South Africa, with the …

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#LockdownSA: Prioritise feeding hungry learners

Discussions about the schooling program for the rest of the year are still underway, but the majority of children who rely on the National School Nutrition Programme remain without access to their meals. Equal Education (EE) together with education, children’s advocacy and social justice organisations such the Children’s Institute, Section27 and the Centre for Child …

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#LockdownSA: Increased child support grant is a ‘massive relief

  Organisations advocating for the adequate nutritional needs of children have cautiously welcomed the move from President Cyril Ramaphosa to increase social and economic relief for the next six months. Community advocacy group Amandla.mobi is calling for an increase in the child support grant, and are pleased with the President’s announcement — bolstering social support …

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Sparking a fresh fruit revival in the heart of Venda

Tshakhuma Fruit Market attracts tourists from all over South Africa, but locals consumption of the market’s offering of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts is dwindling, according to fruit vendors. “We are fortunate as people of Venda [Vhembe] to have so many fruits at our disposal, but I don’t think we value all these fruits enough. …

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