Tshediso Phalane

Founder, Indali Food Project and Youth in Agriculture

Tshediso Phalane's interest in the environment
started in grade 11 when he took on
landscaping jobs in order to earn money for
transport to school and back. While fi nishing
matric, Phalane began the Indali project, teaching
people of all ages how to grow organic food. He
now works with 80 young people (80% of whom
are female) at the Indali farm near the Vaal River
and focuses on youth development and
the environment.
Indali has an outreach programme that goes to
schools to teach the youth how to grow their own
produce. Phalane says the message he is trying to
spread is simple: "You have to work for yourself in
order to eat � .
Every Friday Phalane and his team visit a
government school and cook a lunch, using their
organically grown produce. In 2004, he spent
two months on a Clinton fellowship in the united
States (where he spent time with the former uS
president) and in both 2005 and 2006 he won
the Jet community award in recognition of his
outstanding work. � Lisa Steyn

Lunch spot: Chief Bambatha Primary School, Everton West, Vaal