Tiger Brands nourishes and nurtures more lives everyday

The Story

Through food hampers, and the upgrade of food gardens, Tiger Brands are not only feeding communities but empowering them to be self-reliant.

Vusumuzi Hlongwane completed his matric at the wonderful age of 62. Always wanting to help his community, his dreams were thwarted when his mother passed away and he had to halt his education as a child. Yet, sheer determination allowed him to achieve what not many others tackle at his age. Now, a few years later, he heads up the successful NGO, Thulani Dlamini Home-based Care in Ferreirastown, and is making a considerable difference in the lives of many in this Gauteng community.

The harsh reality in South Africa is that almost twelve million people go to bed hungry each night. Many of these empty bellies are found in households where one granny looks after several orphaned grandkids on a meager pension. For Vusumuzi it was impossible to sit back and witness people starving, so he called in the assistance of food manufacturing business, Tiger Brands. With their ethos of helping needy communities, Tiger Brands started providing food hampers to the grannies in Vusumuzi’s community on a monthly basis. Designed by a nutritionist, the food hampers are nutritive and balanced, and are sufficient to feed a family of between four and six people for an entire month.

The harsh reality in South Africa is that almost twelve million people go to bed hungry each night. Many of these empty bellies are found in households where one granny looks after many orphaned grandkids on a meager pension.

In Stellenbosch, the Kayamandi-based organisation, Love to Give, is another beneficiary of the Tiger Brands food hampers. In the 13 years they have been working in Kayamandi, they have managed to reduce the child malnutrition statistics in the area from 75 percent to a mere two percent. Annabel Rosholt, founder of Love to Give, believes that people have enormous untapped potential, and when offered the chance, can rise out of their situations. Nono Gqabaza, a 64-year old granny and beneficiary of Love to Give, looks after a household of 10, and had to, at her age, learn how to use a laptop. She is immensely proud of her achievement, and very grateful that she can provide meals for her kids.

In addition to feeding people, it is extremely important to Tiger Brands that communities do not become reliant on the food hampers, but instead become sustainably independent. Through collaborations with implementation partners such as Food and Trees for Africa, Tiger Brands are able to educate these communities in organic farming practices, and assist with the modernisation of their existing community food gardens. By teaching them to farm sustainably, communities learn how to be independent, which frees Tiger Brands up to also help in other areas. In partnership with organisations like Love to Give, Food and Trees for Africa, Thulani Dlamini Home-based Care, and many others, Tiger Brands manages to feed more than 30 000 people per month. These feeding schemes, paired with the implementation of sustainable food gardens, demonstrate Tiger Brands’ commitment to responsible corporate citizenry, and allow them to truly leave a legacy of sustainability in the communities where they work.

Short Films

60 second character vignette

Sheer determination to make a difference

Vusumuzi Hlongwane completed his matric at the wonderful age of 62. Always wanting to help his community, his dreams were thwarted when his mother passed away and he had to halt his education. Yet, sheer determination allowed him to achieve what not many others tackle at his age. Now, many years later, he heads up the successful NGO, Thulani Dlamini Home-based Care, and is making a considerable difference in the lives of many in this Gauteng community.

3 minute story overview

Solving hunger one community at a time

Many impoverished South African communities rely on one granny to feed the household. Through nutritional food hampers, and educating these communities in organic farming practices – Tiger Brands are not only feeding communities but empowering them to be self-reliant.

Social Media

Helping Gogo

Meet Nono Gqabaza, a 66-year old granny and beneficiary of Love to Give, who looks after a household of 10.

The harsh reality in South Africa is that almost twelve million people go to bed hungry each night. Many of these empty bellies are found in households where one granny looks after many orphaned grandkids on a meagre pension.

Growing Gardeners

Nomveliso Mpongwana is a gardening course graduate. As we all know, food is a life-giving gift.

In its first episode, our SA INC TV Series takes you on a food journey, showcasing how Tiger Brands helps uplift lives through the support of small-scale farming. Their goal is ‘sustainable food security for all South Africans.’

Food is joy

Tamara Shabengu looks after four children and to feed them daily fills her with joy.

With their ethos of helping needy communities, Tiger Brands provides food parcels to the older carers in this community on a monthly basis. Designed by a nutritionist, the food parcels are nutritive and balanced.

Nourishing communities

Khosi Dhlamini believes in leaving communities better able to sustain themselves.

Tiger Brands manages to feed more than 30 000 people per month. However, by teaching the building of organic community food gardens, Tiger Brands are not only feeding these needy communities, but empowering them to be self-reliant.