DAFTA introduced a block making project at some of our clubs and service centers in the semi-rural areas such as Molweni, Demat and Zwelibolomvu. The aim of the project is to provide training and skills development for male members.

DAFTA received funding from the eThekwini Municipality Grant-in-Aid allocation. The association provided block machines, sand stone and cement to begin the project. Blocks produced are SABS approved and purchased by the local community for construction of homes and other buildings within the area. This project allows for income generation and is therefore sustainable. This presents a great opportunity in disadvantaged communities where the need for education and the level of poverty is still high.

Thornwood is a largely African area situated in the inner west of the Ethekwini Municipality. It has an estimated population of approximately 10,000. Thornwood is historically a rural community with most families maintaining domestic food gardens and poultry to sustain themselves.

Beadwork is a cultural art in the rural community, predominately practiced by the women. DAFTA was able to tap into the creative skills of these woman, some of which are unemployed. The Bead and Craft project funded by National Lottery provided a major boost for DAFTA’s networking and organizational skills to empower the poor and those that require assistance.

The positive response and exposure generated by the bead and craftwork project motivated DAFTA's clubs and centers to become more actively involved in the development of skills and income generating projects.

The maintenance of good health is dependent on the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. Molewini, KwaNdengezi, Zwelibomvu and Thornwood are historically rural communities where marker gardening was undertaken on a larger scale.