by Abram Molelemane


Eastern Cape project transforming lives

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Indibano, an Economic Development Implementation Organisation, is achieving significant results across the Eastern Cape by creating opportunities that enable underprivileged people to support and sustain themselves. Indibano’s collaborative efforts with The Kula Investment Group, Phambili Vuma Investments and PwC   (PricewaterhouseCoopers) have initiated several agriculturally-focused projects that promise to have a lasting impact in rural parts of the region. 

What sets them apart from the many similar projects doing good work is Indibano’s use of a three-fold partnership between the Community, Corporate role-players and Government. This model has proven well-suited to rural solutions that require long-term commitment, entrepreneurial energy and meet a real market need. The ethos behind this rural self-help model is that:  

  • If community members become aware of their problems and are given sufficient information on which to base their decisions (awareness);
  • Are allowed to plan and implement projects for themselves (action planning);
  • Are given the space to experiment to find the most appropriate solution (resourcefulness);
  • They will take responsibility for their situation (responsibility); and thereby gain confidence in their ability to solve their own problems (self-esteem).

"Our main objective is to provide strategic planning and collaboration skills that will enable an effective delivery vehicle for wealth creation within rural communities. This is underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach, which helps to ensure sustainable results, “explains Sibongile Tabata of Indibano.

 “Traditional leaders own stretches of undeveloped land, so we try to work with them for wealth creation, and the idea is to  go for large –scale agricultural development projects and set up abattoirs, shearing  and dairy facilities,” explains Lindiwe Hendricks, founding member of Indibano. 

Since Indibano started operating, at least seven villages now have shearing sheds. Furthermore, there are currently another seven projects providing young people from the region with training in sheep shearing, corporate governance and skills development. 

Indibano expects to achieve the upgrade of 36 Operational Shearing Sheds, empowering the youth with their own stock and full training for youth shearers and sorters, leading to 72 permanent job opportunities, 648 seasonal jobs and the production of quality wool for commercial trading by the youth cooperatives. A South African, if not a world first, and one that will hopefully encourage rural youth to remain in the wool-producing industry!


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