April Newsletter 2015


This month we celebrate Easter, a very special time on the Christian calendar as it ensures we remember the greatest gift that mankind has ever received: God’s gift of salvation, through the giving of His Son, Jesus, to offer us all the gift of eternal life. It is with this spirit of giving in mind that I wish to thank every one of our donors across the world, and hope that they had a blessed Easter time. A very special thank you from the bottom of my heart to a wonderful humanitarian and Zimele SA supporter, John Cho, who has boarded our bus! I hope that his kindness and generosity will encourage others to help support this worthy and essential Zimele campaign.

Rosetta Stander

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Thank you John!
Bus John Cho

We have our first passenger on our Zimele bus!  A very sincere THANK YOU to John Cho, who has purchased his seat on our “in the pipeline” bus, which we featured in our March newsletter. This bus will be used to transport Zimele personnel and our beneficiaries to meetings, craft fairs, farmers markets, training etc. John is a founding member of Zimele Canada and is currently their President; he has been a firm supporter of Zimele SA over the past four years. This sponsorship is in his personal capacity…Welcome aboard John! Donors can “buy” a seat for R20 000 or ensure they have “standing room” by contributing lesser amounts. South African companies achieve BEE Social Investment scoring and tax benefits. Want to get aboard? Contact Rosetta Stander at +27 (0) 561 4729 or via email at director@zimelecommunity.co.za

Social enterprise training
Social Enterprise training

Zimele personnel attended social enterprise training a few weeks ago. Put simply, a social enterprise is an organisation that is run like a business but has a social purpose. The primary objective of social enterprises is to address social problems through a financially sustainable business model, where surpluses (if any) are re-invested. Social entrepreneurs are taught through this training how to generate and analyse social business ideas, and to select the most appropriate one to be used as a basis for a business plan. Read more here…

Youth camp feedback
Camp website

Last month we featured news about a youth camp held in February with delegates from Zimele Canada, Across U Hub and 25 young people from Swayimane.  Now we have feedback from the local youth who attended. The consensus was that it was a life changing experience. “It was great and it changed my life”; “I leant many things: cultures and traditions of different races, communicating skills, working as a team and experiencing some new activities”; “this had a huge impact in my life. I learnt a lot of good things about myself so it was much easier to work on my problems when I came back home” are just a few of the comments. Read more here…

More news from Mtubatuba
Mukhumbikanowa SHG Garden

Zimele’s Precious Matongo gives us more interesting stories about what’s happening in Mtubatuba, including snippets of how our guests from Zimele USA got their hands dirty! Read more here..

Celebrity chef helps out
Celebrity Chef

Zimele was proud to have a celebrity chef, Nompumelelo “Mpume” Mqwebu, give advice on healthy eating and nutrition to our beneficiaries. A judge in the 50 World Best Restaurants 2014 guide and food writer for numerous publications, Mpume is passionate about food, freshness and the importance of eating well. She is so well respected that her blog is on the UN Women website!  Read all about her efforts here…

Drought-focused Farmers Day

Farmers Days are a platform for farmers to come together to share information relevant to their work and make links with important suppliers. Sukumasakhe Farmers Day held in Mtubatuba, Mfekayi, was the second of its kind to be hosted in the Umkhanyakude district. The theme of the day was “Small scale farmers and water challenges, what are the options?” and the aim was to provide a platform where ideas could be shared surrounding this crucial issue as KZN has been experiencing a drought for months. Read more here…

A helping hand
Gugu & Noli

Zimele’s programme is all about the importance of sharing: communal funds, knowledge, societal support, information. This inspirational story reveals how beneficiary Gugu Zondi was supported by Zimele’s Swayimane area Field Trainer, Nolungiso Mnduna, in an act of generosity that would change her life. Read more here…

A letter from a friend
At the end of February, one of our long standing donors from the UK, Paul Tomlinson and his wife Beryl, visited us after a break of three years. Paul has been a key figure in the development of the flagship Imbokodo Computer School in Swayimane and is a very special person for us, having supported Zimele since very early on in its history.  He wrote us a wonderful, inspirational letter that we would like to share as it says so much about the social changes that Zimele is helping to effect…read the letter.

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