Project helps community to grow

2018-10-24 06:03
Inside the donated vegetable tunnel are from the left Dineo Leutlwetse (mayor of the Joe Morolong Local Municipality), Gakeitumele Gaobepe (founder of the Itireleng Agricultural Primary Cooperative), Joe May (Department of Agriculture), Letumile Gaoreke, Tumelo Mpolokeng (CEO of the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust), Seweditse Gaobusiwe and Mosimanegape Majakwe (co-founder of the Itireleng Agricultural Primary Cooperative). Photo: Supplied

Inside the donated vegetable tunnel are from the left Dineo Leutlwetse (mayor of the Joe Morolong Local Municipality), Gakeitumele Gaobepe (founder of the Itireleng Agricultural Primary Cooperative), Joe May (Department of Agriculture), Letumile Gaoreke, Tumelo Mpolokeng (CEO of the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust), Seweditse Gaobusiwe and Mosimanegape Majakwe (co-founder of the Itireleng Agricultural Primary Cooperative). Photo: Supplied

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It was a jubilant day for the community of Lebonkeng Village in the area of the Joe Morolong Municipality when three projects were officially handed over to them to drive high impact sustainable change in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District.

These projects, part of the continued effort of the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust (JTGDT), were handed over on Monday, 8 October.

The event was graced by the mayor of the Joe Morolong Local Municipality, Dineo Leutlwetse, and members of the mayoral executive committee, JTGDT CEO Tumelo Mpolokeng, its board of trustees, local chieftaincy and Joe May of the Department of Agriculture.

Furthermore, the Mosegedi and Orekeng families are proud beneficiaries of two and three bedroomed houses that were fully furnished by the trust. They were part of the identified indigent families, confirmed so after investigation of their financial status.

The houses are named Mandela Day Houses in celebration of the centenary of Nelson Mandela.

JTGDT continued with the celebrations, with the Itireleng Agricultural Primary Coope­rative supplying the community and neighbouring villages with vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, spinach and onions.

The trust installed a vegetable tunnel for the project to shield crops from excess cold or heat and pests. A storeroom was also built for the cooperative to store vegetables whilst community members come to buy.

“We have built good relationships with our communities in the past and we have remained steadfast on that.

“What we want to see with this cooperative is to be able to supply supermarkets in and around Kuruman, hence so much investment was made towards it. We are driving sustainable change towards communities and this project marks that,” said Mpolokeng.

“The Mosegedi and Orekeng families will now live in decent homes and the dignity of both families has been restored.

“These are some of many houses we have built around the district, and we will continue to build houses for impoverished families all over the district.

“With our beneficiaries always in mind and together with our strong team, we are indeed providing socio-economic development projects to our communities,” he said.

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