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2016-10-20 06:00
 Marc Matebe, of Gunya SNAC, Councillor Johan van der Merwe, Nonkosi Sontshatsha,74, and Ntutu Mtwana (MURP Social Crime Prevention Coordinator.

Marc Matebe, of Gunya SNAC, Councillor Johan van der Merwe, Nonkosi Sontshatsha,74, and Ntutu Mtwana (MURP Social Crime Prevention Coordinator.

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Mam’ Nonkosi Sontshatsha is a retired nurse from Gugulethu, but that does not stop her from learning new skills which will benefit her, the organisation she serves and her community.

Sontshatsha,74, was the oldest of 36 community representatives to receive certificates for completing various courses aimed at empowering participants in their personal capacity as well as equipping them to deal with matters in their communities.

Other recipients included Oscar Tokwana, 56, who founded the Nkunzi Organisation for the disabled and the youngest attendee was Vuyo Ntentema,19, from the Nyanga Yethu Youth Project.

Leadership and governance, conflict resolution and management, financial planning and management, fundraising, business planning, organisational development, record management, fostering organisational cohesion and team-building were among the modules that were covered.

The graduates are part of the Safe Node Area Committee (SNAC)– a voluntary community-based representative structure elected from community organisations in Gugulethu and Nyanga.

This is part of the City’s efforts to mobilise community participation through the City’s Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP) development initiatives and programmes.

Sontshatsha said she attended the course because she ‘still longs for more education’. She is still a committee member for Ward 38 and represents the South African National Civic Organisation’s (SANCO) Section 2 Branch.

“Age is nothing but a number and the mind is a terrible thing to waste. For this reason, at my age, I am very happy that I was a part of the course because I feel very empowered.

By learning about the field of organisational development and the process by which it is conducted, I can now be a more effective agent of change at SANCO.

The course has taught me how to lead and run an organisation more effectively,” she said.

The committee helps the city to identify and prioritise the community’s needs, which are included in the Community Action Plan (CAP) for the area, so that MURP programmes can be implemented accordingly.

The City arranged the training for the newly elected SNAC leadership to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to ensure that they execute their roles within their organisations more effectively, which in turn will assist the City when engaging with the committee and organisations.

For Tokwana, it is the first course that he has ever attended since he became disabled a few years ago.

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