Hard work brings hope

2017-05-17 06:00
Working to clean Kimberley are, from the left, Phoeboe Loff, Benjamin Moreochwenyo (23), Joy Modise (35) and Khanyisile Mintolo (28). Photo: Boipelo Mere

Working to clean Kimberley are, from the left, Phoeboe Loff, Benjamin Moreochwenyo (23), Joy Modise (35) and Khanyisile Mintolo (28). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Phoeboe Loff has set the record straight: Her project is not affiliated with any political party.

Loff made the statement in response to comments made by some community members who had said the DA had done a good thing in giving her the project to manage.

She said her cleaning project was a community youth empowering project.

Loff started the cleaning project from scratch in March this year. She and her team clean different parts of Kimberley as a job creation project.

“I am interested in politics, but this project is truely a community one and is open to everyone,” she said.

“Our youth are dying in crime and drowning in substance abuse, while some entertain petty crime out there.”

Loff shared the news that her project was now registered, thanks to the sponsorship of Keipoletse Funerals who saw the good work that she had been doing since 20 March.

She now sees the way forward to knocking on doors for sponsorship towards empowering the approximately 38 youths who are currently working on her cleaning project to earn a stipend.

“They joined me with a clear understanding that this is a job creation project through which they do not earn anything until we get sponsorship. And they keep on showing up for their regular shifts with the hope that things will turn out positively when their hard work is recognised, as they need to provide for their families.”

Loff has requested anyone willing, to assist the project in whatever way they can.

The project needs equipment. She said they are also exposed to all kinds of danger on a daily basis.

The only money that they have earned thus far is R55 each after sharing a tip that they had received from a private sponsor in one of the suburbs.

“That was not much, because they had to pay for transport out of that,” she said.

“Through this project we will be putting the sparkle back in the Diamond City like it used to be. Kimberley used to be one of the cleanest cities. But now look at it. It is overgrown, while we do not know what the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) projects are for.”

One of the volunteers, Benjamin Moreochwenyo (23) from Phomolong, said he did not mind to be on the project until things became better, because the project kept him away from drugs and temptations.

“Spending half of the morning working, I arrive home tired and only want to sleep.

“We put our trust in her, as she shares everything with us. That is also why we look up to her for teaching us to do things for ourselves. We are aware that she is doing this for us and not for herself.”

Joy Modise (35), a mother of two from Soul City, added that she was tired of submitting her CV for jobs and projects, because only certain people were hired.

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