Stokvel grows rich

2019-06-13 06:01
Masakhe Stokvel Ladies after completing a skills development workshop with PPC cement.

Masakhe Stokvel Ladies after completing a skills development workshop with PPC cement.

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After many years of struggle to build and own properties a group of women, all members of Masakhe Stokvel Ladies, is now thriving.

Over the years the women have battled to raise exorbitant fees required to construct houses. At the start of the year they then decided to join hands by establishing the stokvel to help each other out. The stokvel has 31 members from across Cape Town and every month each member pays R2500 towards the construction of a house for a particular member.

Stokvel spokesperson Nobantu Kenya said the aim is to empower each other as they are mostly unemployed. “We decided to start the stokvel where we build or extend houses for each other,” she said.

The group recently attended a skills development workshop organised by cement manufacturer PPC. Among others, they learned about the cement manufacturing process and the basics of building a foundation. They day-long workshop will be followed by a practical in the coming months.

Kenya said the first workshop was theoretical in a class environment and that their next one will be practical, where they will get their hands dirty.

She praised the workshop and said it helped them a lot. She said in the past they would hire someone to build their houses and that person would charge them as they please because they knew nothing.

“We were also taught which cement to choose when we build and to avoid buying cheap cement that will crack after some time,” said Kenya.

Kenya added that they also have a dream of making their own bricks one day.

The stokvel’s chairman Ntombekhaya Tlapi said they are grateful and fortunate to be given the opportunity.

“As women in the stokvel industry, learning about building material is an honour for us,” said Tlapi.

She said it is a big learning experience for them and that they will use what they learned for the future. They are now more knowledgeable and better placed to realise their ambitions.

PPC’s general manager Clint Wicomb said they have taken the ladies on a skills development workshop to help them gain insights on basic building.

He said what they learned will help them make informed decisions and they will get value for their money.

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