What is the definition of social responsibility?

Social responsibility is an ethical framework and suggests that an entity, be it an organisation or individual, has an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. Social responsibility is a duty every individual has to perform in order to maintain a balance/ sustain the equilibrium between the two.

At Mason Farming, we believe in being socially responsible by supporting NPO’s like Stellenbosch Feeding in Action (SFA) and New Living Hope CPT.

One of the beneficiary’s enjoying a hearty vegetable soup
One of the beneficiary’s enjoying a hearty vegetable soup

Since 2017, Mason Farming has been donating a variety of vegetables to SFA, situated in The Woodmill, 9B Vredenburg Road, Devon Valley, Stellenbosch.

SFA was established in 1994 by their founder, Dr Dora Steyn, as a feeding programme to assist the  people of Stellenbosch. It has grown in the last 25 years to an organisation that serves over 12 000 meals and distributes 1000 food parcels to almost 5000 people EVERY WEEK. They support over 25 organisations with food and supplies (which include 7 clinics, 17 daycare facilities/ ECD centres/ primary schools/ aftercare facilities), support outreach programmes and upliftment projects for young children during the school holidays. 

The nutritional meals and food parcels are distributed through 35 feeding points (which include Kayamandi, Cloetesville, Idas Valley, Jamestown, Stellenbosch Central, Kylemore, Klapmuts, Lanquedoc Pniel, Franschhoek, Koelenhof, Vlottenburg and Vlaeberg). Because they have the help of about 300 dedicated volunteers, who are involved in the preparing and cooking of the food, and transporting the food to the feeding points, thousands of people are then served with meals.

They have also started to grow their own food in order to feed more people and ensure sustainability.

The wonder bag and sustainable aquaponics are just a few of the things that SFA is using to be more environmentally sustainable and more independent. See their website for more information (www.feedinginaction.co.za

If you would like to donate your time, there are several options available: sorting, cleaning, cooking, meal serving, etc. See their website for more information.

If you would like to donate items, they need the following please: dried foods, bread, fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, soya, cooked leftover food/ waste food.

If you would like to donate money, you can deposit directly into their bank account:

Stellenbosch Voedingsaksie

ABSA bank

Cheque account number: 405 085 5859

Branch code: 632 005

Liesel Koen is their current Project Manager and she can be reached via: 

Elrich Herman and Freda Thompson
Elrich Herman and Freda Thompson
Youth Volunteers
Beneficiaries receiving food parcels
Beneficiaries receiving food parcels

In 2016, Elrich Herman started a soup kitchen out of his garage at 18 Lakeview Drive in Retreat. He saw a need for a soup kitchen to feed the hungry children in the play park close to his home. He and his partner, Freda Thompson, started on a small scale, feeding soup to a few people every Saturday afternoon, in the Lakeview/ Retreat area. This gave birth to New Living Hope CPT (NLHCPT).

Word spread quickly and before long they needed 2 more 60 litre pots to make the extra soup. They received an additional 80 litre pot of soup, donated by Cattle Baron Tokai. In late 2016, selected Pick n Pay stores also started donating excess fresh and dry food and continues to support New Living Hope on a weekly basis.

This year they appealed to Mason Farming for vegetables.  Shoprite Retreat also started supplying them with dry goods.

Since 2016, the soup kitchen has gone from feeding about 50 people to over 1000 people per week. Freda gets up at the crack of dawn on a Friday morning to prepare the vegetables so that Elrich can start the cooking process at 15h00. 

They provide food parcels for Mandolin Senior Village and “The Bush” in Nectar Road in Steenberg, Village Age Centre and Village Children Home in Lavender Hill, Rising Helping Hands in Hillview and they distribute food from Elrich’s home in Lakeview Drive.

Says Elrich: “We are very passionate about our kids and the elderly in our areas. One of my concerns is that our children do not have enough positive role models to look up to, this being one of the reasons that NLHCPT has become youth driven. Our volunteers are all scholars from the ages of 13 years to 21 years and they assist us on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons with packaging and distribution.” 

Their future vision is to acquire premises in Retreat, close to their home base, and set up a Centre for the elderly and the youth. They would like to have a rape crisis centre, aftercare facilities, library, self-defence classes, workshops teaching you skills such as beading, knitting, etc. all under one roof. The idea is to give the elderly and the youth an opportunity to engage, exchange skill sets and so much more. 

If you would like to donate your time or food, kindly speak to:

If you would like to donate money, you can deposit directly into their bank account:

New Living Hope

First National Bank 

Account number: 62712413799

Branch code: 200409

You can follow NLHCPT on Facebook and Instagram.