Eastern Cape project transforms lives

Economic development implementation organisation Indibano has, across the Eastern Cape, been creating opportunities for underprivileged people to support and sustain themselves.
The collaborative effort involves The Kula Investment Group, Phambili Vuma Investments and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). These companies have initiated several agriculturally-focused projects in rural parts of the region.
“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,” says Sibongile Tabata of Indibano. He says this model has proven wellsuited to rural solutions that require long-term commitment, entrepreneurial energy and meet a real market need. The ethos behind this rural self-help model is to create awareness; resourcefulness; for communities to plan and implement projects for themselves and take
responsibility for their situation. This extends to motivating individuals to gain confidence in being able to solve their own problems.
Lindiwe Hendricks, founding member of Indibano, says of traditional leaders who control areas of land: “We try to work with them for wealth creation. The idea is to go for large-scale agricultural development projects and set up abattoirs, shearing and dairy facilities.” have shearing sheds following Indibano’s involvement.
The project aims to upgrade 36 operational shearing sheds, empower youth to own shearing sheds and train them to become shearers and sorters.
The project is expected to create 72 permanent job opportunities and 648 seasonal jobs, and produce quality wool for commercial trading by youth cooperatives. – SA Good News