Bridging The Gaps


We Oribi, along with SAFL and Wakanda, believe that real impact can only occur through collective action. We are willing to thrive opportunities for collective solutions and synergy in order to address food system issues in South Africa in the context of Covid-19.

#BRIDGINGTHEGAPS - 21 Days to rethink the food system

Get inspiration and submit your ideas! A call from our task force to co-create sustainable and disruptive non-healthcare & food solutions facing the COVID-19 crisis. Let’s use our skills and the power of technology to drive, develop and fast track innovations that ensure people have enough food on the table – today and tomorrow.

For Who?

We offer a 3 weeks
« step by-step » approach to entrepreneurs with food crisis-management ideas and business owners that are seeking to repurpose their strategy in the context of the crisis. - We look for rapid solutions for strengthening production, distribution, processing, Marketing, retail and consumption of food in the context of the epidemic.

The Opportunity

Get access to a fully open source learning journey, providing innovators with tools, support, and network to build real immediate and long term solutions for fighting food insecurity. - The two most impactful ideas will get the opportunity to join a tailored business training programme to develop and finance their business.

The Programme

WEEK 1 - A state of the SA food system in the context of the COVID-19 - by the Southern Africa Food Lab.


WEEK 2 - How to shift consumer’s behaviour in the context of the crisis and orient business strategy in consequence - by ORIBI incubator.


WEEK 3 - Get guided you through design thinking strategies to define, develop, and scale your ideas by WAKANDA accelerator.


Established in 2009 as part of the University of Stellenbosch, the Southern Africa Food Lab promotes creative responses to the problem of hunger through multistakeholder dialogue and action.

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Wakanda « Food Forever » is a leader in disrupting the food industry by ushering in a new age of food creatives faced with unemployment, lack of education and infrastructure as barriers into the food industry.

Opportunity Areas

Are businesses, the South African government, and civil society thinking enough about food access and the wider food system? Are YOU ready to take the lockdown as an opportunity to rethink the food system and unlock solutions for future perspectives, nutritious food during the crisis, and hopefully even after!

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Small Scale Producers:
During COVID-19 local farms are still growing food but many restaurants, hotels, markets they deliver to, are closed. There needs to be a shift of food flow to get the produce to those who need it the most during the crisis. There are for example many communities whose children normally rely on school feeding schemes for meal support. How can we better integrate small scale farmers into a sustainable food ecosystem?

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The further food is away from the people who consume it the more expensive the food becomes. The more it impacts the environment.
Worse still, in quarantine times like these it means food is inaccessible. As retailers hold the supply for now, what solutions can we explore in this regard? How can we thrive local opportunities to unlock new access points?

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and Chefs:

Are crucial in the final step of the food supply chain. This final step has many inefficiencies. Food waste being one of many such inefficiencies. There is a need to identify more inefficiencies and provide solutions. COVID-19 has shown us that chefs and restaurants should be part of essential services as they could be feeding other essential services personnel or poor communities.

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and Access:

The biggest challenge with the food ecosystem is that suppliers do not know whom they are supplying to. There is an incongruous relationship between supply and demand. The world has no shortage of food, yet there are so many people suffering from food insecurity. The food shortage problem is actually a food access problem. Please venture some solutions in this space.

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Civil Society:
Civil soviety organizations or Non-Profit organizations play a critical part in social, environmental and human rights advocacy work. Their efforts often concentrate on greater societal issues, that are insufficiently and ineffectively addressed by the public and private sector. How can we utilize their social capital, trust, and expertise to address the root causes of a broken food system?

Meet our Task Force

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Miles Kubheka,
founder of Wakanda accelerator


Visionary and leader, driven by tenacity, optimism and self-belief, Miles Kubheka is uniquely capable of inspiring audiences to dream big and get ready to ‘think out of the box’ when it comes to leadership, teamwork, new technologies and branding.

“When looking for local solutions for large local and multi-faceted problems such as food insecurity, you need partners who have the same passion but bring different strengths to the table”


Scott Drimie,

Southern Africa Food Lab Director

Scott Drimie is a Political Economist working on Food Systems. He has 20 years of research and teaching experts related to food systems, livelihoods and vulnerability in Africa, with in-depth knowledge of food and nutrition security. He is the Director of Southern Africa Food Lab since 2013.

“The evidence that the climate collapse will drive the transboundary spread of diseases in animals, plants and humans suggests that our future holds more of the same. So yes, this is the best time to innovate and work to find short- and long-term solutions”

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Ellen Fischat,
Managing director of Oribi


Ellen has extensive experience in small business development, with a focus on social enterprises and technology. She is involved in the mentorship of technology start-ups and volunteers in various community outreach programmes, that focus on personal development, digital literacy and increasing employability of marginalised young women.

“Let’s treat the next three weeks as a period of growth and disruption, not stagnation. This mindset will help us come out of this crisis stronger, as individuals and as a nation.”

Please read through our T & Cs for the challenge.