Vumbuka Trust Annual Function

Vumbuka Trust Annual Function

Making a Difference Together

The annual Vumbuka Trust function took place on 11 April 2019 at TWK Welverdiend, Piet Retief. This is the third consecutive year that the function took place and it has become an event not to be missed.

The function was blessed by the presence of all the Trustees, namely Mrs Jolly Mokorosi (Chairperson), Ms Thuli Ndimande, Mr Heino Küsel and Mr Tinus Potgieter as well as Mr Fanus Stapelberg, Vice-Chairman of the TWK Board.

The function was attended by more than 60 representatives of previous beneficiaries as well as several other interested parties and stakeholders. Existing and potential partners or investors that attended, included officials from SAICA Enterprise Development, Mkhondo Local Municipality, Traditional council and independent local businesses.

The purpose of the event was to provide background on the Trust and its activities, to share some success stories and give recognition where due, but also to announce the new funding available and the application process.

Vumbuka Annual Function 2019

Vumbuka Annual Function 2019

 

Vumbuka Trust Background

The Vumbuka Trust was founded by TWK Investments Ltd in 2014. The Vumbuka Trust is a broad-based black economic empowerment trust that owns 25% of the shareholding in TWK Agri (Pty) Ltd. The Vumbuka Trust supports several socio-economic development and enterprise development initiatives through transparent application and implementation processes.

Guest speaker Mr Sipho Lawrence Mabona

Guest speaker Mr Sipho Lawrence Mabona

Guest speakers:

The first guest speaker of the day was, Mr Sipho Lawrence Mabona, a former professional soccer player who earned himself a number of caps with big teams such as Moroka Swallows Football Club, Supersport Football Club and other Brazilian teams.

He is currently a soccer agent and a development coach. It was a good day for the Mkhondo Football League Association as they could ask questions on how to develop their local sport.
His speech turned away from soccer to life in general, and how each one of us can extend a hand to those less fortunate. He further spoke about education as an imperative component to success and to never forsake those who moulded and raised you.

The second guest speaker was Mr Jeremia Mathebula, a very successful emerging farmer who is part of the TWK Agri Emerging Farmer Support Programme. Mr. Mathebula recently won the Grain SA / ABSA / John Deere Financial New Era Commercial Farmer of the year 2018, award. He shared his humble beginnings and explained how he achieved his success. His emphasis was on believing in yourself and doing what you love. The first victory is to find your passion and go for it. He encouraged the youth to focus on education and to associate themselves with people who can assist in building them and their professions.

Success Stories

The following beneficiaries that were previously supported were afforded an opportunity to share their stories:

Beauty Grootboom

Mrs Jolly Mokorosi and Beauty Grootboom

 

Beauty Grootboom Foundation

Ms Beauty Grootboom is the sole director of her foundation. She is an HIV and AIDS ambassador operating in the Mkhondo Municipality and dedicates herself fulltime to this cause. Ms Beauty Grootboom is known as MA’AM Beauty by the Mkhondo community.

She noted that many TB and HIV patients have difficulties taking medication because they do not have food, or anyone to cook for them. MA’AM Beauty established this foundation to assist such patients by providing them with groceries and cooking for them.

MA’AM Beauty surprisingly brought an accolade certificate to the Vumbuka Trusts Trustees as part of her appreciation.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Sakhile Lushaba

Mr Sakhile Lushaba

Sibongokuhle Creative Minds

Mr Sakhile Lushaba is the director of the Sibongokuhle Creative Minds organisation. His organisation focuses on media production around the Mkhondo area. He noted that our town has an immense number of young people with excellent talents but no one is giving them opportunities.
The Vumbuka Trust assisted this organisation with a camera that will enable him to take photos and videos during functions.
He confirmed that there was a number of functions he organised and is planning on doing more. One will remember that our Mkhondo area is the home of the 2017 Miss South Africa, Ntandokayise Mthethwa.

 

Thol’lwazi Thol’mpilo NPO

This organisation has been supported by Vumbuka Trust for the last four years. It is an organisation that has a strong interest in developing rural areas in different life facets.
They noted difficulties experienced by people residing in the rural areas when traveling to hospitals in town to get health attention or medication. It costs these individuals a significant amount of money, which they do not have, to collect the medication they need.
Thol’lwazi Thol’impilo NPO introduced a mobile clinic service that travels to several rural areas around Mkhondo for basic medical tests and to access medication at an arm’s length distance. It was reported by the organisation that over 60 thousand patients received services during the previous year.
The Vumbuka Trust supports the organisation by contribution to the running costs (fuel and services) of the mobile clinics.

Thol'lwazi Thol'mpilo NPO

Thol’lwazi Thol’mpilo NPO

Awards:
One of the Vumbuka Trust’s traditions as part of their annual functions is to grant accolades to deserving Vumbuka Trust partners, as a token of appreciation and encouragement to continue with their good work.
The Awards:
One of the Vumbuka Trust’s traditions as part of their annual functions is to grant accolades to deserving Vumbuka Trust partners, as a token of appreciation and encouragement to continue with their good work.
The Vumbuka Trust Chairperson, Mrs Jolly Mokorosi, handed the certificates to the deserving partners.

  • Sports: One Goal Amsterdam

This initiative seeks to encourage youth from Amsterdam to focus on sport during their spare time, rather than negative activities. One Goal Amsterdam successfully organised                  street soccer, netball and a chess game attended by over 300 young people. It was indeed a fruitful and yielding day for the Amsterdam community. The appreciation is well                        deserved by the One Goal Amsterdam organisation., handed the certificates to the deserving partners.

One Goal Amsterdam

One Goal Amsterdam

  • Welfare: Beauty Grootboom Foundation

We need more people like Ms Grootboom in this world. The Mkhondo community loves you very much MA’AM Beauty.

Beauty Grootboom Foundation

Beauty Grootboom Foundation

  • Education: Ndawonye Primary School

This school prioritises the well-being of its learners. This was evident after the school management asked Vumbuka Trust to assist them with tables and chairs for learners to                      focus on learning and be more comfortable. We believe in teachers who take responsibility for their jobs and realise that it does not end with reading and writing, but goes beyond              their call of duty.

Ndawonye Primary School

Ndawonye Primary School

  • Impact award: MARC

This entity has an explicit programme meant to create awareness and prevention of drug abuse amongst young people in schools. Drug and alcohol abuse are some of the things                plighting this impoverished area.
The impact and resilience from this organisation cannot be ignored. We have seen young people being rehabilitated on many occasions and the organisation deserved this award                for their impact.

MARC

MARC

Announcement of the day:
The beneficiaries were all anticipating the announcement of the new application window for 2019, as well as the funds available.
Ms Thuli Ndimande announced that an amount of R1 million was made available for the year and the application process explained.

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Note of Thanks:
Mr Heino Kusel thanked everyone who contributed to make the function possible, he further praised Mrs Jolly Mokorosi and Ms Thuli Ndimande for their undivided support invested in the Trust, contributing towards its success. He further thanked the two guest speakers, Mr Lawrence Mabona and Mr Jeremia Mathebula for their inspiring contributions to the event. All attendees left the event inspired to make a difference.

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Chief Mahlobo with the Vumbuka Trustees and Beauty Grootboom.

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