This Limpopo stokvel has faced many obstacles but still stands strong

Tsalanang Social club happy together
Tsalanang Social club happy together
Tsalanang Social club/supplied

HOW IT WORKS: It was in 2008 when a group of young women from the Leeuwfontein community decided to form a burial stokvel. Upon the death of a loved one, they contribute money and 20 packets of 2kg chicken.

 Each member also brings 48 mini cool drinks for the funeral. The members also come together to help each other during other events. Each member contributes 24 packs of alcohol to the member hosting the event. They also help with preparations for the events. The members are between the ages of 26 and 37. Since they like the colour pink, they have incorporated it into their uniform.

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They have stylish black dresses which they wear with pink scarfs. They change their uniform and wear black trousers with black and pink shirts or black shorts and pink golf-shirts in summer.  

CHING, CHING! Stokvel members each contribute R270 per month. R150 goes into the club’s funeral cover and the R120 is allocated for catering for their monthly meetings. Members are not fined if they send their R270 late.

But if they skip payments for three months and lose a loved one in that time, the stokvel won’t pay for the funeral. Members are also fined for arriving late at meetings, for not showing up at an event and not wearing the correct uniform.

 EXPLORING THE COUNTRY: The members love travelling. The club aims to travel to different provinces and explore the country. They also take their children with on trips every other year. They have been to Durban, Sun City and Mpumalanga to name a few.

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY: To motivate the youth in their community, in 2017 the club hosted a Black Child Know Your Worth event. The club invited other social clubs in the area, church groups and high school learners.

The different speakers spoke about the importance of getting an education and their experiences as black women who grew up in the township themselves. The event was a success, but they have struggled to host a follow-up event due to lack of funds. They hope to one day be able to have such events annually.

 OBSTACLES: It’s often said that if there are too many women in one place, there is bound to be a lot of tension and animosity. This is one of the challenges the members of Tsalanang Social Club faced. The stokvel was divided even though they are working towards the same goal. They had to have several meetings to resolve the tension.

NAME: Tsalanang Social Club LOCATION: Leeuwfontein, Limpopo MEMBERS: 21 FORMED: 2008 MEETINGS: Monthly CONTRIBUTION: R270.

Stokvel corner: We live in a time where everything is expensive; electricity, petrol and food prices are high. It is hard to even spoil yourself, never mind offer a helping hand to someone else. 

Tsalanang Social Club members are selfless and have dedicated themselves to their community and are trying to make a difference.  They are proof that change starts with us. 

Start in your community work does not need to be expensive or require money at all. Look at the challenges in your community and start there.

It can be picking up paper and broken bottles in a nearby park. It can be donating your old blankets and clothes to a shelter near you as a group. It may not mean anything to you, but to those that receive these items it means the world to them.

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