The beekeeping project in South Africa’s Eastern Cape aims at tackling the high unemployment rate in the structurally highly disadvantaged area. A beekeeping training for young locals, offers the perspective of a secure income while utilizing local resources. The beekeeping project, is one of two projects by the project incubator ‘Nceduluntu’ that is supported by the Lemonaid & ChariTea Foundation since May 2017.
The project is situated in Wesley. The community is part of the Nqushwa district in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. A region that is characterized by extreme disparities that can be traced back to Apartheid. This means that Wesley belonged to the racially segregated Ciskei ‘Homeland’. The majority of the families living in this region were expulsed from white farms in the Eastern Cape, as a consequence of the apartheid regime policies. Today, the region struggles with the legacy of systematic neglect during Apartheid.
The population is faced with high poverty and unemployment rates. With 78 percent unemployment the region exceeds the provincial average by 20 percent. For the majority of the households the monthly income is below 107 Euro. The non-profit organization ‘Nceduluntu’ aims of tackling the social and economic problems in the region by supporting the development of the region through the promotion of community driven projects. For this purpose, it skillfully takes advantage of the local resources.
5. December 2017