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Sterkspruit Thusong Service Centre (Eastern Cape)

Job creation through Waste Management, Food Security and Recycling Projects

The hardworking food gardening team

The hardworking food gardening team

An important role of senior communication officers and centre managers at Thusong Service Centres is networking with key community role-players and leaders. By building sustainable partnerships between government, business and civil society, a strategic objective of the Thusong Service Centre programme is met. One strategy used to achieve this goal is to accommodate income-generation opportunities as part of the Thusong Service Centre infrastructure.

Business leaders are also given administrative, research and project support by centre managers and senior communication officers.

This is the case of Percy Khambule, whose two business projects have created employment for 80 people and whose recycling and toilet-paper production projects will be based right next to the Thusong Service Centre. This means access to opportunities for more members of the Sterkspruit community. Project manager Percy Khambule leads three positive and motivated teams.

Two are responsible for waste management in Sterkspruit, while the third tends to the orchards and vegetable gardens along the peaceful river banks. The 18-member gardening team work hard, inspired by their team leader and the backdrop of the Eastern Cape mountains. The healthy produce from this land will supply home-based care, the hospital and the planned resort on Sterkspruit Dam. Not one to rest on his laurels, Khambule has a clear vision to put Sterkspruit on the map by 2010, as a viable alternative to accommodation in Aliwal North. He envisions a resort with a conference centre, a swimming pool, watersport activities such as kayaking, and entertainment facilities.

Where did this all start? After moving to Sterkspruit, Khambule was struck by the unkept streets. With his experience at a recycling plant in Johannesburg, he decided to start a waste-management and recycling project. He approached a municipal official to share his idea. This soon paid off as Percy’s project was in alignment with a provincial waste-management project. The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism granted funds for renovating a building adjacent to the Thusong Service Centre, as well as machinery needed for the recycling project. Ikamva is a partner with a two-year contract to assist in implementing the project. Training is co-ordinated by Vuyalazi Lubambo from African Global Skills Academy in Port Elizabeth.

Machinery and cardboard rolls for toilet-paper production have been delivered. No doubt these will be set up with lightning speed once renovation and training are complete. Watch this space!

Sterkspruit Job Creation

Government funding empowering people for a better life Kopanong town sparkles thanks to these women
Government funding empowering people for a better life
Kopanong town sparkles thanks to these women
Percy Khambule ready to roll with another project
Percy Khambule ready to roll with another project
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