Bulwer co-op's determination prompts R120 000 donation

2008-10-28 00:00

HOPE was restored to the poverty stricken community of Bulwer yesterday when a cheque of R120 000 was donated for one of the community projects.

This happened as Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazane Dlamini Zuma hosted a government imbizo at Nkumba Primary School in KwaBhidla tribal authority under the Ingwe Municipalty where she grew up.

Her visit in the area was part of a report back to the community from what they had requested from the government during an imbizo in August.

KZN Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs MEC, Mtholephi Mthimkhulu, who was also at the imbizo, promised the community members Nguni cattle.

“People should form livestock associations and we will give the cattle to associations.”

The Bulwer community had requested the government to help them to improve their lives mainly through farming. A group of 14 young farmers, the Thembalethu Co-operative Society, initially approached Dlamini Zuma and asked her to assist them in their farming projects.

“They told me they did not want to go to urban areas to seek employment because they might not get the jobs and find themselves involved in criminal activities. They said they wanted to develop themselves where they are,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

At the August imbizo, the communities, including Thembalethu, presented their challenges to government representatives present. Chinese Republic ambassador to South Africa, Zhong Jianhua, was at the imbizo. “I was touched by their [Thembalethu] determination to develop themselves and their community.

“We want to show our support by donating R120 000 to buy the water pump and a pipeline so that they can have an irrigation system,” he said.

Mthimkhulu urged the community to take an interest in agriculture by forming co-operatives to access support. “We are working on a policy to be able to provide tractors to be used for ploughing in communities.

“I would like to encourage communities to form co-operatives to get government assistance.”

He donated fertilizer, maize and spinach seedlings to Thembalethu.

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