Working to uplift their community

2019-03-27 06:01
photo: suppliedMembers of Imfundoyethu Foundation (back from left) Yekani Xulu and Mxolisi Kunene and (front from left) Lungile Ndawonde, Philani Sikhakhane and Zinhle Shange.

photo: suppliedMembers of Imfundoyethu Foundation (back from left) Yekani Xulu and Mxolisi Kunene and (front from left) Lungile Ndawonde, Philani Sikhakhane and Zinhle Shange.

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YOUTH from the Ntembisweni area have formed an organisation called the Imfundoyethu Foundation to accelerate the service delivery in the local community.

The organisation aims to alleviate social problems and empower the needy communities through accelerating service delivery to the residents.

Since its inception, founders of the organisation have been in the forefront for the programmes that uplift the community.

One of the founders, Zinhle Shange, said: “We realised that the ward councillor and government cannot work alone, that they need the support from us. The members of this organisation work around the clock to identify issues that affect our community and report them to the relevant structures.

“At the moment we are working on speeding up a housing project for the needy residents, especially the aged. Through our programme, we have managed to identify two old women who stay in shacks, as their mud houses have collapsed.

“As the youth, we feel that we need to do something to help the less fortunate.”

Shange said the organisation believes that service delivery is a two-way process that needs residents to play a proactive role to support the government in providing services to the people.

Advisor in the organisation Mxolisi Kunene said: “We started the organisation in 2015. It was registered in 2017. Our aim is to fast-track development in the area; unite the community in the fight against crime, teenage pregnancy, violence, sexually transmitted infections; and to work towards developing our local economy. We want to create job opportunities in our area without waiting for government to create jobs for us.”

The organisation was started by five members: Philani Skhakhane (chairperson), Zinhle Shange (secretary), Lungile Ndaeonde (the late treasury), Mxolisi Kunene (advisor) and Yekani Xulu (advisor).

In 2018, other additional members joined the organisation, namely Sphamandla Skhakhane, Lindokuhle Zondi and Cabangile Hlanguza.

“We started this organisation to re-ignite the light or hope within the community that something can be done to rescue the situation. We live in a community that has accepted the fact that they are underprivileged with no light shining in their direction, and those who worked enough to escape do so with no intention of coming back,” Kunene said.

Some of the challenges that the organisation has encountered in the area include a lack of unity among residents, individuals who are supposed to be leading the community who work against them, and a lack of enthusiasm among the youth to acquire skills and education in general.

Kunene explained: “Every year there is a budget allocated for development, but nothing is done about it. People wait for the government to create jobs for them.”

The members of the organisation assisted a woman, aged 60, who was living in a mud house. He added: “We contacted the Department of Human Settlements and requested an assisted RDP house for her.

“The team from the department arrived at the site in 2015 and took all the details for the senior citizens.

“We also wrote a letter to the Provincial Department of Human Settlements in February but nothing happened. We even wrote a letter to the office of the President requesting assistance for the senior citizens to get houses, but nothing happened.”

Another project that the members of the organisation are working on is getting the Department of Transport to construct a road in the community.

“We need a tar road. Our community members travel on the gravel road.

“We also have community forums such as a woman to girl child development programme, counselling support, local abuse matters advocate, a big sister program, community and school’s engagement,” Kunene said.

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