Imvelo Food Systems

‘From the earth’


South Africa is a country with wide open spaces and wonderful weather. If ever there was a country where food should be available in abundance to everyone, it should be here. Sadly, this is not the case.

In his Freedom Day address, President Cyril Ramaphosa envisioned a new society in which no person goes to bed hungry, stating that the coronavirus pandemic has forced South Africa to confront its high poverty and inequality levels. “In the SA that we all want, no man, woman or child will go hungry because they will have the means to earn an income and our social assistance programmes will be matched by efforts to enable communities to grow their own food.”

Imvelo Urban Farms was launched at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Since then it has hosted a number of educational sessions on food cultivation for the residents of the nearby informal settlement and through its partners has supported a number of vulnerable families and children with food parcels and educational toys. This food system is part of a five year research program at the University of Pretoria and explores best practice models for food security and development.

The training centre that was placed on the Living Word premise next to the informal settlement serves as a  sanctuary providing training and promoting holistic living, empowering people whilst creating a sustainable food production and educational model that can be replicated all over South Africa.

The broader vision for Imvelo is to integrate into all types of communities and as such form part of the urban fabric. A place to belong, be loved, contribute and grow. (See more at the Tebelo Village site in Plettenberg Bay).

Site Plans

View the plans for our container Training Centre.

Special thanks to Jason Oberholzer, a University of Pretoria Architectural student for donating these beautiful plans to us. 

Latest update

It has been wonderful to work with partners in Cemetery View as part of Tebelo and Informal Settlement Health, University of Pretoria. We are busy equipping a kitchen on the Living Word Pretoria East campus for the women living in Cemetery View Informal Settlement.  

Kitchen items and seed donations will be used as part of our training for food sustainability, farming with vegetables and chickens. This project includes personal development and life skills for 25 women in Cemetery View in partnership with the agricultural research council and UNICEF.  


Thank you to our partners for collaborating with us, it is privilege to work alongside such a wealth of knowledge and experience:

The University of Pretoria Interdisciplinary Team, COPC Research Unit

The University of Pretoria Dietetics, Marion Beeforth

The University of Pretoria Architect Student, Jason Oberholzer

Centre of Excellence, Prof Hettie Schöfeldt

Living Word, Pastors Wilmar and Natasha Grové

SA Cares, Sanet Fagan

Agricultural Research Council, Sunette Laurie


Cemetery View Informal Settlement. Woodlands Pretoria East. 


Ways To Get Involved

Help us build healthy communities by donating your time, skills, knowledge and resources.

Free Resources

Browse and download the free resources Tebelo offers. 


Contact our Tebelo team and become involved in one of our projects. Your service is an act of giving and a huge contribution. 

Gift of Giving

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The training center is located at Living Word next to the Cemetery View Informal Settlement, in Woodlands, Pretoria East.