Caring couple create jobs

* Ben Davis with Mexin Madonci, and Vivian Mjongile making jam.

Noordhoek residents Ben and Lilian Bron-Davis are ready to relaunch a project they started in 2003 to help create jobs in disadvantaged communities.

The couple originally launched the project, Money for Jam, in Hout Bay at the Loboni Centre after Ms Bron-Davis’s car had been broken into and she realised the solution to reduce crime would be to create jobs.

Residents of Imizamo Yethu tried their hands at jam making and the result was 625 jars of whisky seville marmalade, made from a recipe Mr Davis inherited from his grandmother, (“How a theft led to jars of happiness,” Sentinel November 7, 2003).

After a generous supply of apricots from an anonymous Paarl fruit farmer last week, the couple relaunched the project from their home, making apricot jam and produced 30 jars of jam on Wednesday December 12.

Ms Bron-Davis said the sugar, jam-jars, lemons and extra large stainless steel saucepans were ready and waiting at their home and after the apricots were delivered on Tuesday December 11 the jam making volunteers from Noordhoek started making jam the following day.

Ms Bron-Davis said the jam would be sold in Noordhoek retail outlets with the profit proceeds being divided among the jam makers to fund food for Christmas and New Year, school uniforms as well as bus fares to travel home to the the Eastern Cape.