Jobs, not riches

2015-08-04 06:01
Fred Arendse, Kaylin Felix, Desiree Brooks, Maliekah Birch, Anthea Thomas-Bailey and Andrê Murphy are supervisors of the Mitchell’s Plain People’s Forum.

Samantha Lee

Fred Arendse, Kaylin Felix, Desiree Brooks, Maliekah Birch, Anthea Thomas-Bailey and Andrê Murphy are supervisors of the Mitchell’s Plain People’s Forum. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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They have already assisted in the upliftment of hundreds of people and are still going strong.

The Mitchell’s Plain People’s Forum (MPPF), started in 2008, is still the active partner to national government in the implementation of the community work programme (CWP).

But secretary-general Fred Arendse says the service is not meant to make anyone rich.

“We assign people to 25 various institutions to learn a skill. This does not pay a salary or a wage but we do get a stipend,” he says.

To date they have several applicants who have entered the job market as a result.

Arendse says the MPPF has dispatched residents to hospitals, community halls, schools and open spaces to beautify, maintain, control and monitor. The organisation also gives advice on various topics.

On average, 71 people visit the office daily.

Arendse explains that the organisation was started to be the implementation agent on behalf of the Dhladhla Foundation.

“We are a mediator. The government wanted one agency to handle the CWP.”

The organisation was initially started by concerned residents to develop a sustainable economic, safe and secure integrated plan, programmes and projects from which residents of Mitchell’s Plain will benefit holistically through maximum participation.

Arendse and the rest of the team say they will continue to uplift the area.

He says that the organisation is not political and also not influenced by any political parties.

He explains that they also do not discriminate with their placements.

“We have 13 people with disabilities currently in the programme,” he says.

The forum says all residents need to become a part of the CWP is the ability and willingness to work. People between the ages of 18 and 65 years qualify.

“We are fair and will not say no to you based on gender, religious beliefs,” he says.

He does explain that not all applications will be immediate as the process is governed by the head office in Pretoria. V

To contact the Mitchell’s Plain People’s Forum team, visit their offices at Duneside Primary School weekdays between 08:00 and 16:00 or call 074 244 4245. Alternatively, contact them on the Mitchells Plain Peoples Forum-MPPF page on Face­book or by emailing

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