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Qalabotjha Thusong Service Centre (Free State)

Qalabotjha Thusong Service Centre Project nominated for National Award

The Qalabotjha Thusong Service Centre received yet another major national recognition. This after one of the projects based at the centre was announced as this year’s finalist in the Sowetan, Old Mutual and SABC Community Builder of the Year Awards.

Kgatelopele Sewing Project, a co-operative of about 15 elderly women engaged in dress-making initiatives, is among the top 12 of the national projects which were chosen and acknowledged in adjudications and regional functions which were held across South Africa between June and August this year.

The 12 finalists were first announced nationally on the popular contemporary women’s variety show Motswako on SABC2 on 25 September 2007 and Sowetan of 26 September 2007 respectively. Kgatelopele is one of the two projects to represent the Free State at the Gala Event to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 6 December 2007, at 19:00.

The project was nominated and cogently motivated for the coveted award in the Group Category by Mr. Sello Msimanga, the GCIS Officer at the centre, for “its resilience in the midst of adverse conditions in the area and the fact that the project is still sustainable thus pivotal in the collective fight against poverty and unemployment”.

According to Me. Adrina Ramonotsi, founder and chairperson: “It is gratifying to have the project locally, provincially and nationally recognised, acknowledged and accordingly rewarded’. The project is already rich with R30 000, 00 it won at the Provincial leg of the awards held in Bloemfontein recently organised by the Department of Social Development and graced by the presence of Me. B. Marshoff, the Premier of the Free State.

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