Imagine that kind of moolah, Khayelitsha!!

2015-07-23 06:00

Khayelitsha is regarded as one of the biggest townships in South Africa, falling 6th place behind Soshanguve. It is estimated according to a census conducted by Stats SA 2011 that the population in Khayelitsha is 391 479 people; bearing in mind now it is 2015 and I’d imagine it has increased by a noticeable sum.

For the purpose of this exercise I will work with the population number as per Stats SA 2011 Census. There are so many challenges that plague Khayelitsha which many of us living here or in other townships around South Africa are all too well familiar with. In my humble opinion many of these the communities themselves could re-address without Government’s initiative.

Let me pitch this idea to you. Imagine we started a Stokvel; its intent being purely to uplift the community in terms of its socio-economic challenges. Once this pool of money has been raised at the end of each financial year it would be prioritized to those sectors mandated to be executed the following financial year. This money could help send many deserving kids to tertiary institutions coming from our community; assisting families who go to bed most nights hungry; building educational centres that will promote skills that seek to encourage people to open up their own sustainable, profitable businesses instead of learning a trade to still only seek employment; recreational facilities; etc.

As stated previously there is a population of 391 479 in Khayelitsha; let’s assume though that only 40% can contribute to this pot and each month an individual would be expected contribute just R50.00. Thus the no of people who’d be contributing would be 156700; so the money we could raise annually would be R 94 020 000-00; and 15% of that be invested. There are a lot of positive things that could happen with that sum of money to uplift the community in many ways. A community that reinvest in its community will never be poor nor struggle; take an extract from Muslims and Jews. That is why it would be imperative we start adopting the ‘Spider Web Doctrine’ to even succeeded; for raising funds would not be enough but teaching, encouraging people to reinvest in their own community would be.

The possibilities of such a scheme are endless and so is the success. It has the potential to become a suburb which is able to cater for its needs and people living within it; as well as cater to those surrounding it. The choice really lies with us; do we continue being dependent upon those outside our community for hands outs or collect ourselves as a community and start building each other up, build this community up and propel it to a bright future for all those who live in it. Imagine that Khayelitsha!

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