Alan matriculated from King David Linksfield in 1968 where he was the Head Boy. He began his work life as a dairy farmer on kibbutz Nir Eliyahu half an hour or so northeast of Tel Aviv bordering the Palestinian West Bank town, Qualqilya.
On his return to S.A. in 1977, he went into a marketing career starting with Stellenbosch Farmers Wineries in Stellenbosch, and then moved on to the Grey Philips Group in Johannesburg. This led to him creating his own marketing services business, Brooke Browde Communications, which he ran for 22 years before founding the NGO SA Harvest NPC in 2019
SA Harvest’s mission is to end the injustice of hunger in South Africa and in the four years of operation, they have delivered 49 million nutritious meals to hungry people all over South Africa.
Alan recognises that while charity feeding is essential in South Africa, charity doesn’t end hunger. For this reason, SA Harvest is also heavily involved in helping to find solutions to the systemic causes of hunger. This includes working with senior councils, attorneys, economists, researchers, journalists and others in presenting to the government ways in which they could honour their constitutional obligation regarding sections 27 (every South African has the right to enough food) and 28 (every South African child has the right to sufficient nutrition) of our constitution. SA Harvest has done important work in this area.
The hunger situation in South AFrica is nothing short of catastrophic. 10 million tons of food goes to waste every year while 20 million South Africans are on a spectrum of severe food vulnerability ranging from running out of money for food early in the month to going to sleep hungry every night, including millions of children. To add to this, a staggering 27% of South African children under the age of 5 are stunted as a result of malnutrition - in a country that has a surplus of food. It’s a shameful situation, which could be solved!
“King David Linksfield has played a significant role in my life. Both my bothers (Ian and Paul) and all my children ( Daniel, Emma, Katie, Cara and Micaela) were there. Together, the time the Browde family spent at KDHS Linksfield is 44 years!
Despite some strange discipline practices ( I got more than 150 cuts), King David was a special place – and this is apart from the brilliant academic results it consistently achieved. Most of my teachers encouraged free thinking especially when it came to the Apartheid regime. I was always so impressed that King David became the home to so many activist teachers who were shunned by other schools and institutions because of their political beliefs.
I also loved the fact that it was perhaps the first school in the world to award colours for chess! Our team was the best in the country while our rugby team was not!
I’m grateful that I and my family were at King David Linksfield!”