Self-Help Bakery in Kwa-Zulu Natal

Operation Hunger has established a Self-help Bakery located inHammarsdale Kwa-Zulu Natal.The kitchen kicked off with a bang as the ladies display their delicious confectionaries which are sold in the community. Over Seen by KZN Regional Coordinator, Bheki Zuma, Operation Hunger is happy striding forward and helping the ladies with the project which develops the communities and aides them to become self-sufficient which is the considered the best solution for the disadvantaged and malnourished communities in South Africa as many donors wish to create a lasting effect for these people rather than just a stopgap solution, as the saying goes; “Give a man a fish and you may feed him for a day but teach a man to fish and you may feed him for a lifetime.”

Thank you to all the volunteers and donors for the support! Remember that establishing sustainability is key to ending world hunger and malnourishment.

Story of Elizabeth Malan, Known as Mama Queen

Elizabeth Malan, affectionately called “Mama Queen,” started as a volunteer for Operation Hunger in the year 2009. She workshard in the Rooi Rand soup kitchen in Northern Cape with other staff members and volunteers to provide nutritious meals to children in the community.

Mama Queen is highly dedicated to her work and has been elected as the secretary of the soup kitchens. She enjoys cooking, working in the garden harvesting vegetables for the kitchen and also takes charge of the recycling and running of the sewing project.

Mama Queen has now been with Operation Hunger for nine years and is a loyal volunteer. She is still going strong and her hard work helps improve the community.

Operation Hunger staff and many volunteers have expressed high appreciation for all Mama Queen does at the kitchen and in the community.

Semester at Sea Volunteer at Operation Hunger Western Cape

34 Volunteers from the United States of America – Semester at Sea Program volunteered at Freedom Farm, Cape Town.  The students helped the Field Workers with children surveillance  and thereafter entertainment from project beneficiaries with the feeding scheme displaying its activity in which Two-Hundred and Seventy beneficiaries were reached. Recording of the data was done by the students, overseen by Clement Summerton, National Training and Development Coordinator.

The statistics at Freedom Farm stated; 80 % of the girl child carry expected weight for age, muacwas at 90% and only 3 percent stunted. General condition of the girl child was very good! 40% of the boys carry expected weight for age; muacwas at 50% and stunting at 10%. General condition of the boys was not too good given the majority of the area are at risk for malnutrition. Operation Hunger in Cape town will continue to monitor the boychild for better results.

A great thank you to Professor Ashby and her students for volunteering their time in helping the less fortunate.

Hippo Roller Handout to Communities in Limpopo

The AECI Group generously funded projects in rural communities in Limpopo and other areas in which Operation Hunger works and tasked the organization with improving the livelihood in these communities by helping them with access to water and improving food security. To accommodate these requirements Operation Hunger worked with Imvubu projects to manufacture Hippo Water Rollers and build vegetable gardens for the Communities in Makgato and Mashamaite located in Limpopo

In August 2018 Operation Hunger handed out Three Hundred Hippo Rollers donated by AECI to these communities which were enthusiastically received by the people living in Makgato and Mashamaite.Thank you to the AECI Group for all their patience and charity.Without the generosity of large companies and corporations like AECI many of the poor and impoverished living in South Africa would be without the most basic human needs.

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Harvesting at The Tunnel Gardens in Limpopo

Two Tunnel gardens, one at Chirela and the other at Maseveni in Jane Furse Limpopo have started selling their vegetables which are organic and free from poisonous agrichemicals.  The gardens have been designed in a holistic manner and use permaculture principles to help disadvantaged families produce more food with less resources.

The communities are using compost made from animal waste, and other organic material found within the community.  They are making their own natural remedies to control garden pests and diseases using various herbs and other pest repelling plants by interplanting with vegetables.  The community have greatly invested in soil fertility through liquid organic fertilizers which they make from plants like comfrey, borage, stinging nettle and lucern.  The community’s intention is to invest their income from the garden on other projects such as sewing and value-added food processing initiatives to boost their revenue and improve local commodity supply.

The development of tunnel gardens by Operation HungerLimpopo region has greatly impacted on the lives of the community in Jane Furse. The projects have positively changed the communities’ nutrition and health needs through production of healthy organic vegetables and culinary herbs using borehole water installed by Operation Hunger in every village.  The Tunnel Gardens produce are healthy and very nutritious Spinach, Giant Red Mustard Greens, Savoy Perfection Cabbage, Curled Purple Wave Mustard and Red Russian Kale.


Operation Hunger Founder Dr. Selma Browde Visits Our New Offices

Dr. Selma Browde(Centre), one of the founders of Operation Hunger visited our new offices located in Edenvale, Gauteng to see how the organization was progressing. She was met by the Chairman of the Board, John Matjila (Far Right), the CEO Minnie Okwirry (Second Right), Board Member, John Heinrich (Second Left) and National Project Coordinator, Laurie Gibbs (Far Left).


Dr. Selma Browde along with Dr. NthatoMotlana started Operation Hunger in the year 1978 after they saw the need to combat malnutrition in South Africa. Under the auspices of the Institute of Race Relations, Dr. Selma and Dr. Nthato worked together to register Operation Hunger as a fund-raising organization which they accomplished in the year 1980. Operation Hunger’s far reaching and wide spread activities focused on the concerns about the nutrition needs of people in South Africa by helping communities to help themselves through implementing a variety if sustainable projects, based on community needs, which contained elements of Development, Nutrition and/or Relief.

While Operation Hunger’s focus on poverty, malnutrition and relief has remained the same over the years, the organization, in partnership with communities, has broadened its activities. Projects range from water harvesting, small garden plots, tunnel gardening, vegetable, chicken and egg production, soup kitchens and basic training in health and life management skills.


None of this would be possible today if not for the hard work of thefounders, Dr. Selma Browde and DrNthatoMotlana nor the support of esteemed persons, such as Prof. Mervyn King and Patron Mrs. Kezia Obama.

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Dr. Selma Browde (Centre), Chairman of the Board, John Matjila (Far Right), the CEO Minnie Okwirry (Second Right), Board Member, John Heinrich (Second Left) and National Project Coordinator, Laurie Gibbs (Far Left).

Oom John Selebedi (86years), one of the most Enthusiastic Volunteers

Oom John Selebedi has been working with Operation Hunger for over ten years.His work with Bennie Berend our Regional Field Coordinator in the Northern cape has been inspiring.

When the soup kitchen was started in the year 2008 this elder man (Oom John Selebedi), who is now 86 years of age, was the first person to volunteer at the Gong Gong soup kitchen. He is an additional member of the committee of the soup kitchens and strives to provide aid to any who need it.

Oom John was the person who, when Operation Hunger first approached the community, spent his time driving Bennie Berend for orientation around the community.

He was in charge of construction of the buildings forthe soup kitchen to operate in and to erect the fence around the structure. He helps out in the yard and with the food garden.

He is still going strong and is present in every program or event Operation Hunger sponsors. He loves his work and will always serve the community through Operation Hunger.

Many ThanksOomJohn, Operation Hunger is happy to have your support and hope to have you with them for many more years to come.

Outdoor Media Donates Billboard

Outdoor Media SA, a specialized advertising media consulting company that exclusively acts for and on behalf of third parties and property owners has generously sponsored a billboard for Operation Hunger.

Check out the beautiful Billboard on Zambezi Drive Pretoria that was so kindly sponsored by Outdoor Media SA. Operation Hunger would like to express sincere gratitude to Outdoor Media for the sponsoring of this billboard.

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Youth Helps Out At Operation Hunger

Two high school students, Amani Nchapha and Inati Mtoba, volunteered for a day at Operation Hunger’s new premises for our National Office to help us in our efforts.

Amani and Inata helped our organization in the collection of donations and the delivery of such items. Through the Forgood platform we at Operation Hunger receive a variety of donations including an offer of landline phones from Murray & Roberts for our National and Regional Offices. One of our employees traveled with the student volunteers to their offices to collect the phones. Their offices, located in the Douglas Roberts Campus, were easy to find and well maintained.

Upon entering Murray & Roberts we were greeted at reception with a request to study their Visitor Information Card, a leaflet which provides us with essential health and safety information. As Murray & Roberts is a company committed to protecting the health and safety of their employees, contractors and visitors and to further ensure the protection of the environment we were happy to comply with this request and follow all safety protocols as listed in the event of an emergency.

While reading through the leaflet at reception our contact at M&R, Claire Du Preez sent her fellow to meet us and escort us upstairs to receive the phones. Stepping of the lift and into the offices Claire met us with a smile and showed us the box of phones, packed, ready and waiting. Amani and Inati each grabbed an end and hosted the box up to take back to the car.  With a quick goodbye to Claire and associates we packed the car and were off. Arriving back at our National Offices in record time, Amani and Inati hopped out and took the phones inside to the gratitude of the employees of operation Hunger. The students, along with the employees, proceeded to unpack and sort the phones after which they spent the remaining of the day cleaning and packing.

We at Opetration Huunger would like to share our gratitude with Amani and Inati for the time they spent helping us and a most appreciative thank you the Claire Du Preez and Murray & Roberts for their generous donation. Operation Hunger would not be able to help as many as we do without the generosity of people like Clare Du Preez, Amani Nchapha and Inati Mtoba nor the charity of big companies like Murray & Roberts. If you would be interested in volunteering your time and assistance to our cause or if you would just like to know more about us please visit our website: or email us at:

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Qualcomm Donates Office Furniture To Operation Hunger

Qualcomm an international incorporation, has donated a massive amount of office desks, credenzas, cabinets and boardroom tables to Operation Hunger to furnish our new National Office premises.

Operation Hunger, having finally found new premises for the National Office were in a bit of a dilemma of how to furnish the new offices.  We made use of the Forgood online platform and posted our needs on the website, of which we signed up earlier this year.

Imagine our delight when a lady by the name of Laveshnee Pillay contacted us through the Forgood website with an offer of ten desks, including a chair, a cabinet and credenza with each desk, and two board room tables with associate cabinets. Jumping at the offer we immediately replied with an acceptance of this generous donation and made plans to meet with Laveshnee as soon as we were able.

Two of our employees drove to the Qualcomm offices to meet and make arrangements for collecting the furniture but Laveshnee added an extra to the offer and stated that she would arrange for the delivery of all the furniture to our offices. Surprised and appreciative of the generosity we happily toured the Qualcomm offices as Laveshnee showed us the furniture we would shortly be receiving.

We thought that only ten desks and two boardroom tables were on offer but as Laveshnee took us on tour she explained that the offer had expanded to include an extra six desks with dividers and another two boardroom tables added to the original offer.

So with gratitude we bid our host a good day and returned to our office, happy that we would be receiving even more the we ever expected.

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mitted to fighting malnutrition in South Africa but without the generosity of people like Laveshnee Pillay who got Qualcomm Inc. to donate the furniture, our mission would be far more difficult so if you wish to help us or want to find out more about us you can visit: or email us at: