Lessons learned at "rural village"
The following article was published in the Daily Dispatch on 12 October 2005
Eastern Cape to learn from rural KZN village's success
EASTERN Cape representatives will be able to learn from a rural sustainability
blueprint that has been successfully operating in KwaZulu-Natal since the 1960s, Economic
Affairs MEC Andre de Wet said.
Speaking after a visit to Kwasizabantu in KZN, De Wet said that the concept of
sustainable rural villages was a key priority in stimulating rural development in the
The visit to Kwasizabantu led to an agreement being reached for people from this
province to go and learn various aspects of the village's success.
"Kwasizabantu can provide an insight and training in such things as hydroponic
agriculture, commercial baking, ceramics, and weaving," De Wet said.
He said the village also made aluminum window frames and roof trusses as well as being
the source and bottling plant for Aquelle spring water.
De Wet said that Kwasizabantu served as a training and empowerment facility for rural
community members who were encouraged to return to their places of origin and use their
acquired skills to benefit the entire community. - DDR