February Newsletter 2015


In today’s world we are all on the go, rushing and busy all the time. This is true of our Zimele programme co-ordinators – and also our programme beneficiaries, who have developed their own capacity so efficiently that their time is now precious. We decided that we had to find a way to streamline our lives and plan how to operate cohesively so that we didn’t work against each other, trying to set up meetings with our beneficiaries in the rural areas at conflicting times, becoming an irritant rather than a helping hand. Accordingly, we arranged a workshop with a facilitator to show us all how to develop action plans and co-ordinate our movements so that we could work as an effective Zimele Community unit rather than disparate elements. We have also set up a regular weekly meeting to catch up with each other at the Zimele offices, and a longer get-together on a monthly basis. We hope this will go a long way to professionalising Zimele’s work processes and operational systems. I am so impressed with the enthusiastic ‘buy-in’ to this ‘upgrade’ of our systems from all our team members.
Read more here…

Rosetta Stander

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Strategy sessions in the communities


Read a report by our newest member of the Zimele team, Siyabonga Khumalo, after the Swayimane Federation and Zimele staff future planning and co-ordination events. “Afterwards we travelled to Mtubatuba to hear from their five Clusters”….Read more here

Taking a bite of the Big Apple
New York Show

Craft produced by Zimele crafters recently headed off to a bitterly cold New York for Zimele’s first US trade show. The craftwork was showcased at the prestigious New York Now event (31 January to 3 February), one of the most acclaimed and comprehensive gift shows in the world, attended by an estimated 35 000 buyers from across the globe. We are proud to have been selected for inclusion in the Market Incubator programme that supports artisan enterprises across the world and aims to connect these enterprises with US import buyers. Our inclusion (it is by invitation only), is as a result of about three years of hard work by Julia Buss, our Craft Programme co-ordinator. We now have to undertake a serious fundraising drive to source the R52 000 needed to cover the cost of flights etc for our representatives to reach these New York trade fairs over the three years of the Market Incubator programme. Please contact Rosetta Stander at director@zimelecommunity.co.za if you are able to assist with this incredible opportunity to make our crafters’ magnificent work centre stage. Read more…

Off to Durban!

At the PMB Royal Show last year, our KaLanga guesthouse hostess, Thanda Phakathi, spent a great deal of time promoting the Zimele supported guesthouses. She was so effective that she encouraged two local Durbanites, Penny and Allison, to visit the Winterton guesthouse, where they enjoyed their experience of traditional isiZulu life. Inspired by her stay, Allison offered the guesthouse ladies a weekend trip to Durban, a generous offer that included transport, accommodation and entertainment expenses. The main purpose of the trip was to expose the women to a different sense of hospitality and tourism, which is what the city of Durban is well known for. Read more here…

A new business for Snethemba crèche
Creche Graduation
Graduation ceremonies are an important event amongst all levels of learners in Zulu communities. Snethemba Crèche had an enterprising idea to generate funds: hiring graduation gowns to other crèches for their graduation days. They promoted this idea to the committees of other crèches, teachers and parents by inviting them to attend their own graduation day. The Snethemba Crèche has 12 pupils, and four will be attending the nearby Ngoleleni Primary School following their graduation from their ‘early days’ at the crèche.

The For Children project
For Children is a Switzerland-based organisation helping to raise funds to build a centre from where the Thembanani Cluster can provide a range of services for the orphaned and vulnerable children in Swayimane. This project is now ‘go go go’ – what a wonderful way to start the year! We are so proud of the ladies of the Thembanani Cluster, who set all the plans in motion for the project to go ahead. Nondumiso Khumalo, Liaison and Stakeholder Relationship Officer for Project Build, a charitable trust building schools and communities, wrote to a colleague: “Yesterday was quite an experience for me! Who said rural women cannot tackle geographic and developmental challenges? Through the amazing work done by Zimele…women are taking charge of development of their locality. Zimele also empowers women with the skills, resources and support networks to start businesses and social service projects to sustain themselves, their families and their communities. My day was simply amazing, my heart is still smiling. I am delighted to be part of this project because rural women are at the centre of my heart. I still maintain that women must be granted a solid platform to take centre stage and be at the driving seat of development!”

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