Devoted Magazine Issue 34- Special Edition

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A YOUNG PREACHER BEGINS His life’s work KWASIZABANTU The essence of the ministry FLOWING WATERS Rivers of living waters SPECIAL EDITION CELEBRATING 70 YEARS Issue 34 www.devotedmag.co.za EMSENI FARMING Farming with grace THE MINISTRY OF ERLO STEGEN

The meaning of 70 in the Bible

The number 70, has a sacred meaning in the Bible that is made up of the factors of two per- fect numbers: 7 (representing perfection) and 10 (representing completeness and God’s law).

Exodus 24:9-11

Numbers 11:16

Seventy (70) elders were appointed by Moses.

After reading the covenant God gave him to read to the people, Moses took 70 elders along with Aaron and his sons, up Mount Mount Sinai to have a special meal with God himself.

Jeremiah 29:10

Ancient Israel spend a total number of 70 years in captivity in Babylon.

Jeremiah 25:11

The city kept 70 years of Sabbaths while Judah was in Babylonian captivity.

Daniel 9:24

Seventy sevens (490 years) were determined upon Jerusalem for it to complete its transgressions, to make an end to sins and for everlasting righteousness to enter it.

What others have said

I visited the mission numerous times over the years and met Rev Stegen whom I hold in high regard. I will forever be grateful to him for advising me to obey God when I was scared of entering politics.

I want to say thank you very much to the mission leader for the role you have played in the community, the surrounding areas, and what you have done for the upliftment of this area.

KwaSizabantu is an example of a community and a people that can live together in peace and harmony across different races with no discrimination, also [between] the different genders.

Let me take this opportunity to affirm our sincere appreciation and support for the wonderful work KwaSizabantu Mission is doing in spreading the Gospel of Jesus and contributing generously to the edification of the Body of Christ. I have personally accompanied my father, Apostle Molefe, to several International Ministers’ Conferences hosted at the KwaSizabantu Mission. In all the services I have attended, the teachings and sermons by various speakers have been consistent with the Christian Faith and the principles of the Word of God. The only book used and read in their services is the Bible.

Sihle Zikalala, Former premier of KwaZulu-Natal Honourable, Dr Kenneth Meshoe, Founder and President of the African Christian Democratic Party Rev Phillip Molefe, Chairman: Christian Centres Churches International
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CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF MINISTRY: The work of Erlo Hartwig Stegen in a nutshell “For no-one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is
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02 A YOUNG PREACHER BEGINS HIS LIFE’S WORK: From humble beginnings to a sustainable mission 04 KWASIZABANTU MISSION: The scope of its ministry 06 EMSENI FARMING: Farming with grace 12 PICTORIAL JOURNEY 16 FLOWING WATERS Rivers of living waters “ He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will will flow rivers of living waters.’” John 7:38 10 FAMILY DYNAMICS OF KWASIZABANTU: Bound together in Christian beliefs 08 CLEANING UP THE COUNTRY: It’s KHULA to clean-up together 14 Managing Editor Gerda Potgieter editor@devotedmag.co.za Language Editor Mignionette de Bruin EditA Production Manager/Creative Director Enola Meyer enola@mazeadilly.com 061 048 0084 Web & Socila Media Manager James Hendricks Stormtank Advertise with us & build relationships with your customers. We have introduced special advertising rates to help you and your business during these trying times. NOW is NOT the time to stop marketing your business, rather be more strategic and use cost-effective options. Contact us. Like us on Facecook: www.facebook.com/devinepublishers
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In December 2022, the KwaSizabantu Mission is celebrating Rev Erlo Stegen’s 70th anniversary in ministry. Since the foundation for his ministry was laid, it has strived to impact the lives of others through the teachings of Jesus Christ and humanitarian work. He has built a legacy over seven decades that will positively impact future generations.

The ministry of Rev Erlo, at all times and since its beginning 70 years ago, seeks to be obedient to Jesus and His revelations in Scripture. It strives to be there for the broken and hurting in society and provide a source of healing and restoration. Throughout, the Bible has been the guide and foundation in all spheres of Rev Erlo’s life. The early years of the ministry were not easy. The community was struggling to make ends meet. Challenges such as the distances to the cities, lack of infrastructure (electricity and running water), and insufficient job opportunities made it difficult for the locals to earn a decent living or farm successfully to provide for their needs. The community had limited knowledge about farming.

The young preacher did not make much progress initially, but the small congregation experienced a revival in 1966 and started to grow exponentially. “We were desperate for God Himself to work and save the heathen. To our surprise, God began with us. As we repented and made right with God and our fellow man, the Lord sent revival to us and then the heathen,” Rev Erlo said.

Against this background, Rev Erlo started the KwaSizabantu Mission in 1970. Subsequently, he started farming and many other projects over the years to sustain the ministry’s work and reach out and uplift the community. From the beginning, God’s grace was given to them by unmerited favour. And through grace, God keeps effec tively changing the hearts and lives of the KwaSizabantu community, those who see it as a calling to help others and those who are being helped.

Although Rev Erlo’s ministry originated in South Africa, the ministry has gone from strength to strength. It has ex panded to include several centres across the continent and in other countries.

KwaSizabantu reaches out to people of all racial and cultural groups, bringing a message of repentance and hope and providing spiritual guidance, educational support and coun selling. When you drive around the Mission today, it is hard to imagine what it looked like in the beginning. But it is not hard to believe that millions of people have visited KwaSizabantu for more than 52 years since it was founded and that many of those people have been impacted by the experience.

We have put together this special edition to mark an outstanding milestone! Seventy years of ministry to the Zulu people in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal from humble beginnings in an abandoned cowshed - a ministry now known as the KwaSizabantu Mission.

There is work that God calls all of us to do, and it is laid out for us in the Bible. God calls us to love others, care for the poor, and live our lives in such a way that we inspire others. As you read about the exciting journey of Rev Erlo over the past 70 years, we hope you will also be encouraged and inspired to fulfil what God has called you to do.

INTRODUCTION “FOR NO ONE CAN LAY ANY FOUNDATION OTHER THAN THE ONE ALREADY LAID, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.” 1 CORINTHIANS 3:11 2 DEVOTED Magazine
Celebrating 70 years of ministry
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A YOUNG PREACHER BEGINS HIS LIFE’S WORK

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNING TO A SUSTAINABLE MISSION

Erlo Stegen was born on 2 March 1935 on the farm Paardefontein, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. As the grandson of German immigrants who settled in rural KZN, he grew up in a Christian home.

He started his ministry in Maphumulo during the 1950s, while South Africa was still under apartheid.

Maphumulo was a small village in the Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal. It is about 42km northwest of Stanger and 38km southeast of the Kranskop area. The rural area is still underdeveloped, and this lack of development prompted Erlo to uplift the local community.

AT ALL TIMES THE MINISTRY OF REV ERLO STEGEN SEEKS TO BE OBEDIENT TO OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST, AND HIS REVELATION IN SCRIPTURE. AS SUCH, THE CONFESSION OF FAITH OF THE KWASIZABANTU MISSION IS IN LINE WITH EVANGELICAL CHURCHES. IN ADDITION, MANY MINISTERS FROM VARIOUS DENOMINATIONS HAVE PREACHED FROM KWASIZABANTU’S PULPIT AND OVER ITS RADIO STATION, RADIO KHWEZI.

Young Erlo started preaching with no resources but his calling. He used an old, abandoned cowshed for his preaching at first. Although people committed their lives to God during the early ministry days, no significant restoration occurred, which greatly troubled the young preacher. He prayed for a revival with Scripture as his moral compass and his ultimate source of wisdom and guidance. Within a few years, multitudes of people came to the prayer meetings, saying they wanted to meet with God.

The ‘church’ soon became too small for the growing number of converts who came to the prayer meetings. With all the people coming from afar, Rev Erlo could not accommodate and provide food for them. This prompted him to look for a place to build.

A farm was acquired in the Kranskop area and he started a mission station called KwaSizabantu, meaning ‘the place where people are helped’ in the Zulu language. The small town is situated on the edge of the Tugela river valley, and it is still a relatively rural area today. Rev Erlo realised this was the place set before him (and his workers) to continue the

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work he accepted to do - but it was wild and undeveloped, mostly land covered with wattle trees or sugar cane. With limited resources, the preacher, workers, and early supporters started construction and agricultural projects to accommodate and feed the people who came to hear the gospel. The need to accommodate and feed the crowds who came to listen to the Word of God was (and still is today) the motivating factor behind all the buildings and other agricultural projects he has spearheaded

The pioneering role of Rev Erlo to uplift Zulu communities over a broad spectrum, especially in agriculture, economics, education, and humanitarian initiatives, stands out. It seems he was constantly challenged with the limitations of Apartheid legislation in the early days, and other numerous challenges over the years. But it only distracted him for a brief period, and then he continued with what he regarded as his God-given mission. He pioneered various developmental projects and used his farming skills to empower rural community members with knowledge of sustainable agriculture.

The reverend and his team have established mission stations, schools and congregations throughout South Africa and also abroad.

One thing that KwaSizabantu has done exceptionally well over the years is adapting to the changing times. As more people joined, the leadership expanded to represent the communities it served. Formal structures were incorporated to manage the ever-increasing operations over a vast spectrum of humanitarian and missionary work.

There is no doubt that the KwaSizabantu Mission has positively impacted the lives of millions of people across the world.

and implemented successfully over the years.

Over time, the preacher has worked sideby-side with the community members and others to build the mission into a community-based organization aimed at improving the lives of the communities it serves while spreading the gospel. Numerous buildings and agricultural projects have been implemented over the years. The revenue generated from these projects supplies much-needed financial health that benefits the community directly and helps the missionaries and co-workers sustain the humanitarian work and numerous upliftment programs. The missionary work has been maintained for decades through various projects and amidst numerous challenges. Over time, KwaSizabantu has become completely self-sustainable and has grown into one of the African continent’s biggest (if not the biggest) missions.

In the process, he has enhanced the economic well-being of countless poor communities. He also taught business skills to the workers on an ongoing basis and pioneered and provided schooling and affordable tertiary education to remote communities over many decades. So far, he has cared for over 18,500 youths struggling with drug addiction while carrying the costs of reaching thousands of schools across the country, warning youth about the dangers of drugs. Through his intervention, some of these people who received help currently support their families and benefit from the numerous job creation activities. In addition, he has assisted HIV/AIDS patients and orphans.

The KwaSizabantu Mission has evolved tremendously since it was established in 1970. When Rev Erlo started his ministry, he felt it was his calling to work among the communities of the Zulu nation. But nobody who came to the mission’s doors for help has ever been excluded.

No wonder a prominent international award, the Robert W. Pierce Award for Christian Service, was bestowed upon Reverend Erlo on 9 December 2007. The award recognized his work among the Zulu nation as a missionary, preacher, educator, and man of compassion. Another prestigious award, the NWU Chancellor’s Medal, was presented to him on 23 May 2013 by NorthWest University, in recognition of his outstanding and continued contributions to educational development, community uplift and outreach in rural and impoverished areas.

Seventy years is a long time in a person’s life. Rev Erlo will be 88 years old next year and the ageing preacher’s health has deteriorated. But his legacy will continue for generations to come. It seems appropriate to end an article about the life’s work of Rev Erlo Stegen by reminding all, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

(New international version, John 15:13).

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KWASIZABANTU MISSION THE SCOPE OF ITS WORK

SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE KWASIZABANTU MISSION IN 1970, IT HAS NOT TAKEN COLLECTIONS OR ASKED FOR DONATIONS. THE MISSION DOES NO DEPUTATION WORK, FUNDRAISING, OR ADVERTISEMENTS. THROUGHOUT ITS MORE THAN FIFTY-TWO YEARS OF EXISTENCE, THERE HAVE BEEN NO INDICATIONS OR HINTS GIVEN THAT DONATIONS WERE NEEDED OR THAT VISITORS NEEDED TO PAY FOR ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD.

The scope of KwaSizabantu’s work is also extraordinary. The mission run programmes for drug and other addictions; execute outreaches and humanitarian work over a broad spectrum; hold youth conferences bi-annually, twice a year; accommodate ministers and preachers at a bi-annual conference, and reach out regularly to the local communities in various ways.

Missionary and humanitarian work are at the core of KwaSizabantu’s operations, and it needs money to execute and maintain its work. Over the years, the mission has become sustainable by implementing various enterprises which generate different income streams. These projects provide the finances that allow them to do their missionary work, outreaches, and uplift rural communities.

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Numerous scientific studies by trustworthy people who studied the ministry have been done over the years. Dr Hyun Jim Kim, for example, included the mission in his research for a doctorate thesis, titled, Protestant Communities as Mission Communities.

In 2021, Dr Elfrieda Fleischmann, a lecturer at Cedar International Academy NPC, received a Philosophiae Doctorate in Theology with Missiology from the North-West University for her thesis on KwaSizabantu and its founder. Dr Fleischmann’s in-depth research over three years shows that Rev Erlo’s ministry has profited rural disadvantaged Zulu communities for over fifty-two years on a large scale..

She is well acquainted with the KwaSizabantu ministry and its work among the Zulu people as she stayed at the mission for over eighteen years. Her scientific studies about the mission’s doctrine are based on the truth, first-hand experiences, and scientific studies over a lengthy period. Her thesis adheres to stringent reliability and validity criteria and conforms to the university’s specific rules and structures. The North-West University wrote the following about her thesis in the graduation programme, among others:

The revival among the Zulus correlates to a large extent with other protestant revivals. Scripture played an integral role in the quest for revival and throughout the revival.

In 2021, Dr Fleischmann joined others (Ignatius Ferreira and Francois Muller) to collectively publish an article in In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi . They published another article with Claudia Gouws in Missionalia in 2021, Erlo Hartwig Stegen:

The findings of this study indicate that Stegen pioneered missions, mission work, education, humanitarian efforts, agricultural projects and a sustainable model for missions through experimental farming.
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The Mission has gone from strength to strength because of God’s power which enabled the Mission to spread the message of revival to many places across Africa, and abroad.

FAMILY DYNAMICS AT KWASIZABANTU BOUND TOGETHER IN CHRISTIAN BELIEFS

SCHMUNK

A little boy was born on 9 March 2010 was set free on 25 November Mika was an inspiration to everyone who privilege to meet him. You are missed, but not forgotten.

“THE REVIVAL DRAWS SO MANY PEOPLE TO KWASIZABANTU AND IT FORMED A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY. THE COMMUNITY BECAME A GOSPEL CONTACT POINT AND A FIELD OF MISSION. KWASIZABANTU ALSO BECAME AN OUTREACH CENTRE FOR THE MISSION. FROM THERE THE GOSPEL WAS SPREAD TO THE WORLD IN A CENTRIFUGAL DIMENSION. THE ORIGINAL AIM OF KWASIZABANTU WAS A REGIONAL ZULU MISSION. THROUGH THE COMMUNITY OF REVIVAL, ITS MISSION BECAME INTERNATIONAL. KWASIZABANTU SHOWS THAT THE STARTING OF THE MISSION IS PRIMARILY CENTRIPETAL. IN KWASIZABANTU CENTRIPETAL MISSION AND CENTRIFUGAL MISSION IS AN INSEPARABLE RELATIONSHIP. IT CANNOT BE DIVIDED. KWASIZABANTU EXERTS A WELLBALANCED MISSION AND SHOWS THAT COMMUNITY AND MISSION ARE ONE. IT IS A SIGN OF A HEALTHY AND AUTHENTIC MISSION.”

Testimonies of life-changing events are available on the mission’s website.

Rest in peach, brave boy!

WE REMEMBER MIKA
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The KwaSizabantu Mission can probably be best described as a community, but one that always welcomes strangers, broken people, the needy, and visitors. More than a hundred families reside in the missionary village at KwaSizabantu, each with their own and sometimes adopted or fostered children. In many of these family circles, you will find young and adult children, grandchildren, and older grandparents who permanently reside there. Many of these families also regularly accommodate volunteers and students from abroad.

KwaSizabantu expands the family circle and brings others into it, as described in the excerpt at the beginning of the article. The mission’s people, for instance, have a positive attitude towards the elderly and encourage residents to bring their elderly parents into the family circle. It is not strange to find elderly parents staying permanently with their adult children at the mission. Many senior people are still working at the mission on different projects, many in high positions at ‘retirement age’ according to the outside world.

Thousands of families from different races have made KwaSizabantu their home since its humble beginnings. Some for short, sometimes regular periods, and others for more extended periods - even permanently.

They live their family lives as part of the greater community, but they have their own culture, house rules, and family dynamics. What binds them together is their Christian beliefs. Their moral values are based on the Bible.

The mission’s leadership is not involved in the families’ day-to-day lives unless they are asked to help with a specific problem. But the families are supported in many ways by the leadership, and help is just around the corner from neighbours when there is a cry for assistance during illness or even death.

The missionary community at KwaSizabantu shares a lot: A farming space, preschool, primary and high schools, college, retail shop, auditorium, outreach projects, a wide variety of humanitarian programmes, and many agriculture and other projects that provide secure jobs and livelihoods for the missionaries and the immediate community. This is most important as jobs are scarce in the area. KwaSizabantu Mission works in an extraordinary situation with extraordinary challenges. They work with people from broken homes, young people and adults from the streets facing difficult circumstances, who go to the mission seeking refuge and salvation. They seek help for different reasons and various addictions. Many of these help-seekers have been rejected by their families, friends, and society and have nowhere else to go.

“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners.’

(Mark2:17)

In this regard, Rev Erlo has aptly quoted John 1:39 during his preaching days, “Come and you will see.” Like Jesus, KwaSizabantu will always have the time and the interest to help those in need and also those who want to learn more about the Lord.

You must just come and see.

SCHMUNK Stegen 2010 and an angel November 2021. who ever had the forgotten. boy! READ MIKA’S STORY 9 DEVOTED Magazine

FLOWING WATERS

RIVERS OF LIVING WATERS

The story is told that spring water was discovered when a child told Rev Erlo about a dream she had of treasure hidden in the ground. Under the impression that she referred to gold or diamonds, the people of KwaSizabantu searched and dug but found nothing at first. In 1997, as they continued digging for the treasure, they came across a natural water source flowing underneath the surface into an aquifer filled with the purest spring water. Because of the quality of the water, they were told that it was too good to be used for irrigation and other normal practices. So, they bottled the water and called it aQuellé, meaning spring waters. And, as they say, the rest is history.…

The aQuellé brand is now one of the leading water brands in South Africa. Its customised bottles of flavoured spring water are made from KwaZulu-Natal’s pure natural water. It is bottled by Ekhamanzi Springs (Pty) Ltd, and two bottling plants are situated at the mission with a third one

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in Franschoek in Cape Town. From its first 360m2 bottling plant in 1998, aQuellé has grown and added more facilities, including one of over 23 000m2, which was completed at the beginning of 2021. All the facilities have the latest filling technology and stateof-the-art machinery and processes. The spring water is of exceptional quality and taste. It is fruity-flavoured, carbonated, and then bottled in unique, customised bottles that make it stand out from the rest.

Over the years, different flavours were added to the water, and the brand was extended to include a soft drink, KHULA, and an energy drink, ViV. Despite numerous challenges including the pandemic, 2021 was a good year for aQuellé with the opening of the new plant at KwaSizabantu, allowing them to expand the brand. The new energy drink, ViV, scooped up Gold at the Institute for Packaging SA’s (IPSA’s) Gold Pack Awards and was a finalist and winner in various categories at the Global Water Drinks Awards soon after it was launched. The wide offering of the aQuellé bottled water now includes an Artemisia-infused tea with health benefits, called Artemisia Boosta. The lemon-flavoured drink is a truly authentic South African drink infused with locally grown Artemisia. The drink contains extracts from the locally grown leaves of the Artemesia plant. The plant is harvested by Emseni Farming and the drink is bottled at the plant in

Kranskop in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). aQuellé’s impact on the community has been life-changing. The brand stands out because of its community-based operations. It provides work for hundreds of people from rural communities. Jobs are hard to come by in these remote areas, and the workers support their families and extended families with the salaries they earn at the bottling plants. aQuellé sponsors several events throughout the year. The sales of the water also finance the missionary and humanitarian work of KwaSizabantu and its community outreach programmes over a broad spectrum. The income generated from the sales is used to host youth conferences bi-annually and twice a year, impacting thousands of youths; hold bi-annual conferences for pastors and ministers from across the world;

sustain missionary work; reach out to the community during hard times, such as the flooding in KwaZulu-Natal that impacted and displaced thousands; feed the workers and co-workers three times a day, and feed the nation in times of great need.

LIVING WATER

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FARMING

FARMING WITH GRACE

The agricultural projects of Emseni Farming are characterised by pioneering exploitation rather than settled cultivation. In the early eighties, growing vegetables in greenhouses at Emseni started with the need to feed the churchgoers. The greenhouses have now grown into state-of-theart, modern greenhouses on 11,5 hectares of land. The latest project opened in 2021, comprising three hectares of greenhouses. It is a flagship project which combines the latest technologies, and there are already expansion plans.

Emseni reached out to local communities from its early days through farmer-to-farmer learning. They assist the community to use the available land and give them seedlings. They do on-farm practical demonstrations in sustainable agriculture and free practical workshops. Emseni also has a memorandum of understanding with the Maphumulo Tropical Cooperation to provide training and mentorship programmes to upcoming farmers. The Cooperation’s membership is growing steadily annually.

Gremah Khwela (born in 1946) started working at the farm in the early days, and she still works there. She has many stories to share about how Reverend Erlo helped her community by preaching the gospel while showing them how to farm. She says, “I was there from the beginning. I felt and saw the love he has for my people. The lesson that I learned from him is that you pray for what you need. Here (at Emseni), God works with blessings.”

Emseni has diversified over the years in line with its sustainability objective. Its agriculture activities now include export-quality avocado and various fruit cultivation, a dairy, making compost, and hydroponically grown lettuces and sweet peppers, and numerous missionary programmes. The farmers incorporate peaceful and environmentally friendly methods into their farming activities. Beehives were put up among the avocado tree orchards to assist with pollen movement between the plants and produce avocado-flower honey.

The small plants in the greenhouses are grown in coco peat grow bags on special gutters, which keep the plants off the ground. They use the waste obtained from the greenhouses (such as old coir bags, pruning waste, and old plants removed annually) together with other waste from the mission to make compost. The compost is used on the farm, mainly in the avocado orchards, and helps to improve the soil structure.

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Emseni biologically controls pests with tiny mites imported from the Netherlands and Israel. The greenhouses are individually climate-controlled using customised controllers and computer programmes. Temperatures in the greenhouses are closely regulated, and the irrigation solution includes drain water which is recycled and UV-treated.

One of the core values and focus of Emseni is the upliftment of and support of its communities. As a community-based operation, it is the biggest employer in the immediate area. The workers earn an honest living and can support their families with dignity. With the revenue generated from the various businesses that run the agricultural projects, and operations have been expanded to assist more people and finance KSB’s outreach and missionary programmes.

It takes a farmer at heart, a visionary leader, dedication, and hard work to farm successfully and sustainably. Rev Erlo’s calling prompted him 70 years ago to start community vegetable gardens to feed his ever-growing churchgoers. Since then, his legacy has grown to benefit many more people. What stands out today at Emseni is Rev Erlo’s strong belief that labour can achieve its highest potential when farmworkers are educated and empowered. This is the strong foundation that keeps everything together at Emseni.

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EMSENI FARMING, LIKE ALL THE OTHER AGRICULTURE, BUILDING, AND COMMUNITY PROJECTS AT KWASIZABANTU, WAS INSPIRED BY THE FOUNDER, REV ERLO. FROM THE BEGINNING, THE MAIN PURPOSE WAS, AND REMAINS, TO BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY WHERE IT IS SITUATED. THE COMMUNITY AND FARM OWNERS WORK TOGETHER AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING THAT BENEFITS ALL STAKEHOLDERS. OVER THE YEARS, THEY HAVE CREATED A BLUEPRINT FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S UNIQUE AGRICULTURAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND DEVELOPED SOLUTIONS FOR FARMS FACING SIMILAR CHALLENGES.

KHULA to cleanup together campaign.

FROM CLEANING TOWNSHIPS TO REMOVING DEBRIS AFTER THE APRIL DISASTROUS FLOODINGS IN KWAZULUNATAL TO ROADSHOWS ACROSS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS AQUELLÉ COLLABORATED WITH VARIOUS LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND COMMUNITIES TO CLEAN UP PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. “THE IT’S KHULA TO CLEAN-UP TOGETHER” CAMPAIGN BRINGS TOGETHER VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITY TO IMPROVE PUBLIC SPACES OR OTHER AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED, VANDALIZED OR MISUSED.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The It’s KHULA to clean-up campaign has grown into one of the biggest and most sustainable community-based cleanups in the country. So far, the campaign has done a great job to make positive changes in the areas they identified to clean up.

The campaign is a community outreach of aQuellé that is aimed at working in collaboration with local authorities and communities. aQuellé unites local authorities, community groups, volunteers, and businesses to carry out activities that are focused on improving these areas, which would otherwise pose a danger to the well-being and health of local communities.

The aQuellé team started more than a year ago to set the example and has worked endlessly over many months with different communities and local governments to clean up different areas. They cleaned up Ulundi and Mtubatuba in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) where the mayor, Cllr Mthethwa, the deputy mayor, staff from the municipalities, learners from local schools and volunteers all joined to make a positive impact in their community. They also cleaned up Stanger. Then, with local councilors from Umvoti and Maphumulo, the areas there were cleaned and a tremendous turnout of over 700 people made the event a huge success.

In response to the mass waste after the devastating floods earlier this year, the team helped removed pieces of trash left behind by the landslides and floods from local beaches. The Clean-Up team was invited to join the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment at Blue Lagoon Beach in KZN where volunteers have been hard at work cleaning up litter and debris that washed up on the beaches. They also assisted and participated in the clean-up of other beaches and their efforts have made a huge difference. In this way, they helped to encourage the usage of Durbans’s beaches. The team took it up a notch and embarked on a roadshow across

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multiple locations within the KZN communities to clean up the environment. They started on Monday, 6 June in Umlalazi and ended on Friday, 10 June in uMhlathuze. In between, they had also cleaned up Nkandla and Umfolozi, Dondotha.

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During the roadshow, they picked up garbage in the streets, taxi ranks, and public areas. The roadshow was all about encouraging communities across the nation to work together to make a lasting change to their local areas and keep the environment clean and tidy. Volunteers had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and help improve their environment.

The team also later joined the Tshwane Municipality to clean up the Atteridgeville

area. Hundreds of volunteers from the community took to the streets on 8 July, joined by councillors, members of the Mayoral Committee and the Sekhukhune United Football Club. They collected hundreds of bags filled with rubbish from the roadsides.

In total, the campaign has joined more than 30 community clean-ups over the past year throughout KZN, in Gauteng and Limpopo. In many of these towns, local schools, municipalities, and environmental agencies volunteered to join in, with over 6000 volunteers who have participated to date.

aQuellé is passionate about the project and the positive impact it is making in communities. “We are excited to be part of a clean-up campaign that encourages people to look after their environment.

It’s been great to see large teams of enthusiastic volunteers from the local communities joining us to clean up their areas and promote recycling. We have been on a wonderful journey and are thankful to everyone who has assisted,” says Gladson Songelwa of aQuellé. “It is a privilege to work with the communities in creating a happier, healthier local space.”

Litter in all forms is a real problem in society. It is not only unsightly but harmful to communities. For Quellé, it is not only about clean-ups. They have created a story and united a network of doers who share the vision of a waste-free world and believe that together South Africans can clean up the environment from waste.

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farming on Emseni teaching the next generation of farmers

A PICTORIAL JOURNEy working with mother nature _ _ farming on Maqogo_
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Artemisia, A blessing to mankind

For more than 2 000 years, the plant has been used in traditional medicine to treat various fever-related illnesses. But it is also used to treat modern diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, malaria, headaches, and intestinal worms. The successful use of the plant in these illnesses, however, has been questioned by health experts.

There are several recorded benefits of Artemisia. It can ease phlegm and a sore throat. When taken as a tea, the herb treats colic and constipation and expels worms – among other illnesses.

As part of Artemisia’s broad commercialisation, aQuellé bottled water now offers an Artemisia-infused tea with health benefits called Artemisia Boosta. The lemon-flavoured drink is an authentic South African drink infused with locally grown Artemisia. The drink is high in Vitamin C, boosts the immune system, and contains extracts from the locally grown leaves of the Artemisia plant, harvested by Emseni Farming.

Over the years, aQuellé has grown into one of the leading water brands in South Africa. Their customised bottles of flavoured spring water are made from KwaZulu-Natal’s pure natural water and bottled by Ekhamanzi Springs (Pty) Ltd. Artemisia Boosta is bottled at aQuellé’s plant in Kranskop in KwaZulu-Natal, and we’re excited to see what the future will hold for this brand and drink.

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