Food for Mzansi is an initiative to introduce South Africans to the unsung heroes of the agricultural industry. They unashamedly share success stories and good news from the farms and agri-businesses who feed South Africa. They believe in the power of agriculture to promote nation building and social cohesion by telling stories that are often overlooked by broader society.

All of us at the Anna Foundation were excited when they contacted us to feature a story on the foundation from then until now.

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Randy Dayimane, a grade 8 learner from Stellenbosch High School who attends the programme on Simonsig farm, says:

“The biggest lesson I have learnt from the drama [workshops] is that you don’t have to be cool to fit in. It’s okay to just be yourself.”

The most rewarding thing for Katy Booysen, an Anna Foundation facilitator, is seeing how the children grow through the programme. She says the best feeling is seeing how their marks improve at school, and how they start asking for help if they don’t understand something.

“I live on the farm which means I know each child’s circumstances, so I know how to approach each one. If they have tasks, they will always come to me for help. One of the children told me that the after-school programme is his life, because he gets attention and love here. And when you see those little eyes sparkle when they understand something you’re teaching them, it’s just the best feeling.”


Randy Dayimane from the Simonsig after-school
Katy Booysen, facilitator at the Neethlingshof after-school