When Kgautswane Thosong Service Centre was launched in 2000, it was the first of its kind in Limpopo. The centre provides one-stop services to communities through the development communication approach in an integrated manner. 12 years after the centre opened its doors, it is still going very strong and the centre management is embarking on transforming the centre to emancipate youth on developmental projects.
According to the centre manager Clara Masinga, there is a paradigm-shift in running community developmental projects around the Globe and we feel we should not be left behind. “We need new ideas and fresh minds to tackle challenges of unemployment the country is facing. One of the projects initiated at the centre involving youths is Smite IT Infor-preneur which uses E-Commerce to order stock for the local shops. According to Simon Mothumi who runs the programme, they also do DVD/CD shoots and editing. “We also help companies that are doing research projects and also help in developmental projects”, he said.
Tlemaganang Fencing project is another project runs by four youths whose age ranges from 21 to 34. The project is supported by World Wide from Michigan in USA. As a result of these business hype in the centre, one youth saw a niche market in this and started little restaurant and is showing to yield success.They cook meals for people coming for services to the centre and the locals love it. There is also a chicken farm at the centre which according to Suzan Moraba (30), they started with only 1000 chicks and she is looking forward to a profitable venture. Adjacent her project is another encouraging group of youth who have started a piggery project and they are also positive about their new venture as there is big demand for white meat in the market.
The Department of Rural Development have also contributed in empowering the youth in this mountainous village. They have opened an office at the centre and employed two young people to provide information on disaster management and other natural catastrophes. Some of the services available at the centre include; ABET centre, a creche a 24/7 clinic, a lodge, garden project, a library and telecentre. Masinga is urging the community to make use of the other 5 stalls that are not being utilised at the centre and calls upon anyone wishing to assist these young promising business people to come forward. She can be contacted on 082 533 7718.