Casidra News Articles

Building an efficient, competitive and responsive infrastructure network

Infrastructure is the fundamental facility and system network serving a country, city, or community, including the services and resources necessary for the overall economy to function. It presents the physical systems of a business or nation such as: transportation, communication, sewage, water and electricity; these are all part of the infrastructure, and they are vital to a country’s economic development and prosperity.

Without these basic, dynamically interlinked elements, cities cannot operate efficiently, and an economy cannot be soundly built on vision, endeavour and effective control. A strong network of economic infrastructure exists to support a country’s economic and social objectives, delivering basic services, as well as industrial and commercial needs.

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Youth Development Opportunities: Community, Land and Lateral Thinking

The Way Forward

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.” ~ John Donne (1624)

The great lesson of life is that while we may appear to be sailing our own ship, we very rarely are. There is always a broader community at work, supporting our dreams, and bolstering our endeavours. The trick is to draw from our background of family and friends, while at the same time applying our own true grit, determination and hard work.

The youth are more fortunate than they may think. Today they are able to benefit from a supportive community background and institutions focused on developing young individuals. These innovative organisations are geared to encourage the youth to take ownership of their ideas and transform tentative projects into successful business ventures.

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Food Security: the challenge of global hunger

Ensuring nutrition for the world’s burgeoning population is an ongoing concern in many countries. Food is considered a basic human right – yet in a world of billions, there are still many millions who suffer shortage of this vital commodity, or lack of access to good nutrition.

There are many areas of action to alleviate this situation such as science programmes, biotechnology, improved animal husbandry, precision farming techniques, genetic modification, agricultural training, subsistence farming, garden farms, hydroponics, etc. But while great leaps of advancement have been made, population growth continues to put pressure on solutions, and new strategies and opportunities must continually be explored.

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Changing Lives: Empowered, Fair and Inclusive Citizenship

Understanding what it means to be a citizen goes to the heart of personal and national identity. It’s about legal equality for each citizen – which means that you are entitled to equal rights with regard to:

  • the right to vote,
  • the right to serve in the military,
  • the right to marry a native citizen, and
  • the right to fair and equal representation in government and the law.
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Pinehaven Agricultural Trading is a vegetable project that belongs to a family of five beneficiaries (three youths and two females). The land in production comprises 5.5 hectares in Lynedoch situated approximately 7km outside Stellenbosch. The vegetable crops planted include spinach, beetroot, green pepper, carrots, etc. and are distributed to vegetable markets after every successful harvest.

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World Food Day Celebration at Villiersdorp

One of the greatest challenges our impoverished communities face is a lack of food security, and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) is attempting to turn this tide when it hosted the annual World Food Day celebration in Villiersdorp on Friday the 12th of October 2017.

This was a well organised and attended event to promote sustainable food security amongst the Villiersdorp communities which crowded their stadium on the day to celebrate and receive food parcels and household food gardens.

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Western Cape Commodity Project Receives Silver Award

Congratulations to the tri-partnership between Casidra, Hortgro and the WCDoA for winning the Silver Award for the Best Implemented Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme during the Western Cape Premier’s Annual Service Excellence Awards’ ceremony, which took place on the 28th of August 2017 in Cape Town.  

This ceremony was an opportunity for the Premier and broader public to acknowledge outstanding performances from public service professionals in the Western Cape Government.

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