Mpumalanga

Focus on development in communities around strategic sites

The Foundation revised its strategy in 2010 with a view to focus on development in communities around Eskom new build sites. Planning has been completed to implement projects in the communities around Kusile, which includes eMalahleni, Delmas, Ogies and Phola, as well as the return to service power stations around Camden, Komati and Grootvlei.

Vukutentele project support initiative

Vukutentele project support initiative is a registered non-profit organisation which has been in existence for eight years. The organisation has been instrumental in caring for the HIV/Aids infected and affected members of the community. Vukutentele has been involved with many community projects during the past few years and also successfully implemented and administered two other projects for the Foundation, Senzokuhle home-based care and Siphumulile home-based care during 2005 as part of the HIV/AIDS commemorative day hosted by the Foundation. Their main objectives are to increase the capacity of community-based organisations and projects in the area and to improve the quality of life of people.

Pastor Dumisane Mahlalela, the local pastor and farmer, has mobilised the community to ensure that women and children obtain training with regards to preventative measures of contracting HIV and Aids through conducting regular workshops and by providing them with land on his farm to start a vegetable garden and a soup kitchen.

The main objective of the garden is to take care of community members living with HIV and Aids.The rural area of Masibekela, is found straddling both sides of the main road that runs from Komatipoort to the Mananga border post on the Swaziland border. The rich soil and good river system creates tremendous potential for productive farming and the proceeds can be distributed to the many poor and needy people in the area.

The main stumbling block in this rural area is the lack of nutritional food. The Department of Health’s social grants do not satisfy the needs of the people who live with HIV/Aids. The project has the necessary infrastructure at their disposal to prepare nutritious meals for the terminally ill people. The establishment of the vegetable garden provides a solution to this problem. The beneficiaries of this project are a group of 45 families. These families include many orphans, and some child-headed homes.