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South Africa: Eastern Cape Project Transforming Lives
Source: SA - the Good News.
Source Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Mar 28, 2014

• If community members become aware of their problems and are given sufficient information on which to base their decisions (awareness);
• Are allowed to plan and implement projects for themselves (action planning);
• Are given the space to experiment to find the most appropriate solution (resourcefulness);
• They will take responsibility for their situation (responsibility); and thereby gain confidence in their ability to solve their own problems (self-esteem).
"Our main objective is to provide strategic planning and collaboration skills that will enable an effective delivery vehicle for wealth creation within rural communities. This is underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach, which helps to ensure sustainable results, “explains Sibongile Tabata of Indibano.
“Traditional leaders own stretches of undeveloped land, so we try to work with them for wealth creation, and the idea is to go for large –scale agricultural development projects and set up abattoirs, shearing and dairy facilities,” explains Lindiwe Hendricks, founding member of Indibano.
Since Indibano started operating, at least seven villages now have shearing sheds. Furthermore, there are currently another seven projects providing young people from the region with training in sheep shearing, corporate governance and skills development.
Indibano expects to achieve the upgrade of 36 Operational Shearing Sheds, empowering the youth with their own stock and full training for youth shearers and sorters, leading to 72 permanent job opportunities, 648 seasonal jobs and the production of quality wool for commercial trading by the youth cooperatives. A South African, if not a world first, and one that will hopefully encourage rural youth to remain in the wool-producing industry!
Article written by Abram Molelemane
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