Working together is important

2018-11-22 06:01
Bulelwa Basse sharing her expertise with a group of actors and staff of Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum last Thursday, 15 November.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Bulelwa Basse sharing her expertise with a group of actors and staff of Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum last Thursday, 15 November.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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“Use the wealth that surrounds you to better your community.”

That was a strong message from Bulelwa Basse when she facilitated a Heritage Workshop at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum in Lwandle for a whole of last week.

Basse, is a poet, author, businesswoman and the founder of the Lyrical Base Project, an arts and culture organisation that seeks to elevate the profiles of writers from marginalised communities through community-publishing projects and performance poetry (merged with music, dance, visual arts) at cultural and corporate events.

Those who participated, a group of actors and staff of Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, were empowered and encouraged to work together to realise a vision of the area.

Basse said through art, culture and its heritage the community of Lwandle and many other areas can unlock their full potential.

She encouraged those who participated to start doing things for themselves and not wait for hand-outs from government.

Basse said businesses and government are interested in assisting what is already taking place, and not an idea one has not worked in.

Participants in the five-day workshop were also taught how to register their non- profit organisations (NPO), small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMME) and the route they should take to acquire funding.

“This heritage workshop was aimed at enabling them to identify, transform and translate their natural talents into business,” Basse said. “We assist communities in learning to harness their natural inner resources, based especially on seeing what is proven to work.”

Each participant was also given a camera to take pictures of the Lwandle area, each telling a story about the area.

Basse said such workshops were necessary in current times, when the country was affected by three crucial factors – unemployment, inequality and poverty.

She urged the community to find ways to employment other than just looking to government for assistance.

“Civil society and the private and public sectors need to collaborate to assist small enterprises,” Basse pointed out. “Communities have the drive and original ideas; all they need is to see how best to use them to their benefit.”

She believes government has to come on board, collaborating with organisations from townships, and not be isolated.

Basse strongly believes in cultivating “our inner resources” and the need “for our people to think differently.”

To uphold the heritage of Lwandle, there was also discussion on how best the legends of the area can be celebrated.

They all agreed that there was a need to identify heroes and icons of the area, so it too can be recognised as other areas are.

Basse said this was only the beginning of the journey and she was also going to use her influence to give people of Lwandle access to markets.

She said: “I will furnish them with relevant business contacts, also show them how to use technology to benefit their businesses. If we do things connected to our passion we will be able to sustain it and to drive the community.”

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