Anyone interested in applying for the use of agricultural land being offered for lease by the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) has until 31 August 2021 to deliver their bids to the CoE offices in Benoni.

There are different categories of farms available. They vary in size from social farms 1 which are less than 5 hectares, social farms 2 which are more than 5 hectares but less than 10 hectares, small scale farms 10-30 hectares, developmental commercial farms 30-100 hectares and established commercial farms that are more than 100 hectares.

The programme will see successful bidders being awarded municipal farms by way of lease for a period of nine years, eleven months.

Partnerships

Cllr Nkosindiphile Xhakaza stated, “We want to urge our farming community to take advantage of this opportunity by visiting our tender office at 68 Woburn Avenue in Benoni or visit our website on for more information.”

He said the City wants to alleviate poverty and hunger in communities by promoting  food security. We are providing  increased accessibility to fresh and healthy produce.

The metro will be partnering with individuals, NGOs and business in order to create jobs and meaningful work for the local community. The City of Ekurhuleni agricultural land is to be found in different parts of the metro.

CoE will be hosting stakeholder engagement sessions to educate interested bidders on the City’s Agriculture Development Strategy.  More information and guidelines on the Supply Chain Management process flow to be used when submitting proposals/bids during Phase 2 of the Programme will be given.

Today, 18 August, a meeting took place in the Tembisa Council Chamber. For a recording of the proceedings click here.

The second session will take place on 23 August at Phola Park, Thokoza.

Due to Covid-19 protocol, only 50 people will be allowed in the venues. The session will also be livestreamed on all Ekurhuleni platforms.

The closing date for the bid is 31 August 2021 at 10h00.

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