Call to re­vert back to healthy tra­di­tional food

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Thando Ndlovu

IF com­mu­ni­ties re­vert back to eat­ing tra­di­tional food, they would be spared the many dis­eases which have taken over their lives.

Speak­ing at the King Cetshwayo Dis­trict’s tra­di­tional food com­pe­ti­tion at Ng­welezana Com­mu­nity Hall on Tues­day, Coun­cil­lor Them­beka Mchunu said these days one hardly finds a per­son who is not suf­fer­ing from dis­eases such as can­cer and di­a­betes which can be linked to the food we eat, which con­tains too much fats and starches.

Mchunu said apart from a healthy life­style, tra­di­tional food also en­sures longevity.

‘We are happy to see com­mu­ni­ties em­bark­ing on such ini­tia­tives, also aimed at en­sur­ing food se­cu­rity and pro­mot­ing agri­cul­ture as a whole.

‘If we fo­cus more on agri­cul­ture, we create job op­por­tu­ni­ties, which will pro­mote eco­nomic growth,’ she said.

KZN MEC for Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Themba Mthembu, stressed the need for com­mu­ni­ties to eat healthy tra­di­tional food.

Farm­ers from the five lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties bat­tled it out in the tra­di­tional food com­pe­ti­tion.

Judges Them­be­lihle Sibindi, Fik­ile Hlophe and Ntombikayise Ng­wira hard at work to de­cide who cooked the best tra­di­tional dishes Thando Ndlovu

Guest speaker Them­beka Mchunu pro­mot­ing tra­di­tional food

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