Coop impressed ousted ministers

2017-04-06 06:03
Thoko Xaso, Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Nomvo “Vovo” Mzomba, the CEO of Samuel and Vinah Agriculture and Multi-Purpose Co-Op, Wayne Isaacs, principal at Mandalay Primary School, Elizabeth Thabethe, former Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Andile Nelani, regional coordinator for education and training at Correctional Services and Alex Qunta, provincial manager for Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA).                  PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

Thoko Xaso, Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Nomvo “Vovo” Mzomba, the CEO of Samuel and Vinah Agriculture and Multi-Purpose Co-Op, Wayne Isaacs, principal at Mandalay Primary School, Elizabeth Thabethe, former Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, Andile Nelani, regional coordinator for education and training at Correctional Services and Alex Qunta, provincial manager for Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA). PHOTOS: Mbongiseni maseko

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“There is a spark of hope for growth” so said two former deputy ministers who were impressed with the work of a co-operative in Khayelitsha during a visit on Thursday.

This was before President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet on the night of the same day.

Elizabeth Thabethe, then Deputy Minister of Small Business Developmet and Thoko Xaso, who was Deputy Minister of Tourism, were addressing members of the Samuel and Vinah Agriculture and Multi-purpose Co-Operative.

Their visit started at the Mandalay Primary School, where they viewed the vegetable garden, and then visited a house in Mandalay in which school uniform is sewn and to the Look-out Hill where they also sew school uniforms, corporate wear and traditional outfits.

Nomvo “Vovo” Mzomba, the Chief Executive Officer at the co-op, said the visit came after the two deputies were impressed with their work when they, along with other ministers visited the area on an outreach programme in March.

“The Deputy Ministers promised to come back and see where they can assist us. They are here today to get more information about us and what we need. Our wish is to develop. It was not easy when we started the co-op, because we did not have space for plantation and we had no funds. We are happy about their visit. It is giving us hope for better future,” Mzomba said.

The co-op was established in 2010, but started functioning in 2013.

They have employed 45 people, including ex-offenders and those who live with disabilities, in different facilities around the province.

The deputy ministers were accompanied by Alex Qunta, provincial manager for Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and Andile Nelani, regional coordinator for education and training for the Department of Correctional Services.

Thabethe said she was impressed with the work of the co-op.

“I am very happy for what they do. They are doing a great job. We will see how we can help them to grow,” she said.

Wayne Isaacs, principal at Mandalay Primary School, said they did not hesitate to open doors for the co-op after they asked to do agriculture on the vacant space.

“We jumped after they approached us to utilise the vacant space of our school. Our feeding scheme is benefiting when they harvest. They also donated school uniform for needy learners last year,” Isaacs said.

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