In 2005, HP i-community contracted Afristar to design a complementary initiative to the 2024 MEMC medicinal gardens, in a marginalized rural community in the Mokopane area. The project targeted Dipichi, a least developed village 90 km from Mokopane, where Afristar designed and implemented Permaculture Food and Medicinal Gardens, and developed complementary educational resources.
The aims of the project were:
- To address the effects HIV / AIDS and other diseases are having on the socio-economic fabric of South African society through the development of preventative and primary health care solutions based on food and medicinal gardens, that draws extensively on local indigenous knowledge and the role of nutrition.
- To identify and initiate viable businesses, that establishes a sustainable economic base for job creation and community sustenance, with specific reference to applying ecologically compatible and organically grown agricultural practices.
The Permaculture Food and Medicinal Garden was launched on the 21st October 2005, with the visit of Premier Maloto, a host of senior HP executives and President Thabo Mbeki.
The development of the gardens in this deep rural marginalized community of Dipichi served to compliment the Minister of Health’s drive to support primary and preventative health care, through building healthy immune systems through replicable technologies that meet the nutritional needs of the surrounding communities