Vuyani Qamata is Recipient of 2018 Global Leadership Award

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Vuyani Qamata. Founder of Sinako Urban Farms in Guguletu, South Africa, is the 2018 recipient of Acacia Global’s Global Leadership Award.

Having experienced firsthand the toll that diseases like cancer and hypertension took on his family, and seeing young people suffer from hunger and malnutrition, Vuyani started Sinako Urban Farms. Not only does Vuyani work tirelessly to eliminate malnutrition and hunger in township schools, he is committed to creating food forests and educating students about the importance of healthy foods and nutrition.

In 2016, Vuyani’s efforts were awarded with “Best School Food Garden” from South Africa’s Department of Education National School Nutrition Programme. In 2018, he launched a permaculture program that will be replicated in two additional schools.

Vuyani is passionate about organic and sustainable farming. He is an outstanding spokesperson for the positive impact that healthy foods and nutrition have on peoples’ lives. He is an environmental warrior who thoughtfully cares for the land and creatively collects water from an often drought-stricken region. Acacia Global is proud to support his work and vision.

This is the sixth year that Acacia Global has awarded its Global Leadership Award. The award is announced on Human Rights Day, December 10th. Previous recipients include: Mandla Majola, Patricia and John Sola, Vuyiseka Dubula, Bheki Kunene, and Mathepelo (Mathaps) Ngaka-Mtati.

Susan Everson