Fri Mar 29 10:55:00 UTC 2019


If you’ve been craving veggies so fresh, they still smell of earth and taste like sunshine, be sure to visit a Checkers store near you on Thursday, 4 April for Market Day!

This will also be an excellent opportunity to support small-scale food gardens that provide sustainable nourishment and income opportunities for vulnerable communities across the country.

As part of its strategy to fight hunger, the Shoprite Group acts for change by partnering with more than 70 gardens. In partnership with Food & Trees for Africa, the retailer offers training and provides gardening equipment as well as seedlings over a period of at least 18 months.

Market Day is an outflow of this, as it enables community food gardens to promote themselves to a broader customer base and sell their excess crops. It provides them with some much-needed extra income, but also helps boost their independence, which - in turn - leads to greater sustainability.

“Checkers is empowering us by giving us a chance to sell our tomatoes, chillies, spinach and other vegetables. We hope the customers love our vegetables!”

- Oupa Bila, director of the Caroll Shaw Memorial Centre in Brandvlei, Randfontein


Bila and his team will be participating in Market Day at Checkers Tambotie.

Those in the Mashishing area will be able to buy freshly-harvested vegetables from the Khomanani Vhanu garden at Checkers Lydenburg.

Located near Acornhoek in Mpumalanga, Khomanani is a Market Day regular and will be setting up shop for the fourth time next Thursday.

“We’ve participated in all the other Market Days and they have all been great. The income generated from sales there are a lot more than when we’re selling vegetables straight from our garden.”

- Auriel Ngobeni, a founder of Khomanani Vhanu


According to Robyn Hills, Food and Trees for Africa programme manager, Market Day is also a great opportunity for the gardens to put the marketing- and business skills they’ve received as part of the Shoprite Group’s support into practice.

“Some of these gardens have commercial ambitions and this kind of exposure opens their minds to the great opportunities out there and gives them the experience to grab them.”

- Robyn Hills, Food and Trees for Africa programme manager


Support these gardens on Market Day by visiting the participating Checkers store on Thursday, 4 April:







Eastern Cape


Star Uplifting Centre

Checkers Nahoon


Free State


Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba

Checkers FX Mimosa Mall

Phahamang Basadi Community Garden

Checkers Parys 2




Community Crisis Centre

Checkers Hyper Boksburg

Supa-Dimama Senior Citizens

Checkers Norkem Park

Carroll Shaw Memorial Centre

Checkers Tambotie

Moabelo Foundation

Checkers Hyper Arcon Park

Boikanyo Foundation Garden

Checkers Glenvista




Iqabungelihle Community Garden

Checkers Hyper Gateway


Checkers Hyper Shallcross


Checkers Amanzimtoti


Checkers Hyper Galleria

Nurses At A Go

Checkers St Johns Centre


Checkers Midlands Mall




Phafogang Community Garden

Checkers Tzaneen Lifestyle

We Can (Mamotho)

Checkers Polokwane




Tiyimiseleni Home Based Care

Checkers New Hazyview Junction

Khomanani Vhanu Community Project

Checkers Lydenburg

Lillydale Home Based Care

Checkers Hyper Edenvale


Northern Cape


Retshwenyegile Home Based Care

Checkers Hartswater


North West


Mokaila Community Project

Checkers Mafikeng

Nthabiseng Skills Training Centre for Disabled

Checkers Hyper Rustenburg


Western Cape


Vlottenburg Community Centre

Checkers Century City

Iris House Children's Hospice

Checkers Hyper Brackenfell

Siyazama Community Garden

Checkers Sea Point

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