September Newsletter 2014

To me, heritage and culture are closely interwoven concepts, so when we South Africans celebrate Heritage Day on 24 September, I would like everyone involved with Zimele to perhaps take a minute or two to think about the diversity of cultures that surround us, no matter where in the world we are, and how much we can learn from our interaction with each other. For me, since establishing Zimele in 2007, I have treasured the opportunity my work presents for me to meet and connect with so many women of a totally different culture and way of life. I no longer take for granted my electricity supply, my indoor plumbing and hot and cold water, the tarred roads and streetlights outside my home. These are luxuries that most of the Zimele beneficiaries can only dream of. I have learned, through knowing these women, how to be tolerant, to be patient, to treat anyone and everyone with respect and dignity, no matter where they come from, who they are or how they look. This something I have learned from these women of Africa, and it is a lesson we should all learn. Most important of all, I have learned how to listen, how to hold my tongue and actually listen, without always having to have my opinions or thoughts vocalised and valued by others. So while we are acknowledging the cultural diversity and heritage of our country, let us also consider the positive impact we can have on each other, as we are all united in our diversity through our shared humanity.

Rosetta Stander

Our first Federation!


Friday 29 August 2014 was a momentous day: it was the launch of the first Zimele Federation ever! Celebrated with great fanfare, the “Intuthuko yo Mama” Federation was founded in Swayimane, the rural area where Zimele first rolled out its Self Help Group programme in 2007. This inaugural federation comprises 1200 women who have worked tirelessly towards transforming their lives and uplifting their communities in their journey towards financial independence.…read more

Zimele crafters on show
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It’s show time again and August was a busy month for the crafters and the Zimele staff. There was great excitement this year as Craft Admin Coordinator – Zama Chamane from Winterton attended the Craft Collective Show which is part of the Decorex Show in Johannesburg. One of the Craft leaders from the Mpumelelo Group in Mtubatuba also attended to learn the “tricks of the trade” in selling at a major trade show. This was a time of many firsts for Nkosingiphile Xaba (seen above at the Collective Show) – read more here!

Monitoring and evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation are an integral part of the Zimele working environment as they enable us to establish how defined objectives can be implemented, how their effectiveness can be monitored and evaluated, and most importantly, how we can determine the application of corrective measures where required. Until now, data collection was limited to the use of questionnaires using the traditional pen and paper method, with the data later captured in the office. With technological advancement the move is now towards the use of computer systems for this task. Read more here…

Malusi’s wheels

Our Business Field Trainer, Malusi Ziqubu, has had his prayers answered. He has been battling with getting out and about for his training as there is seldom public transport in the rural areas where he visits the Zimele Self Help Groups and Clusters. Often he was forced to walk for kilometres in the blistering sun or wait for hours, hoping a taxi (with an empty seat) would come along – and be heading in the appropriate direction. Now, thanks to our amazing Zimele USA friends, Malusi has his own wheels – a motorbike donated specially to get him where he has to be – on time, every time! Thank you thank you – or, as they say in Zulu, “Ngiyabonga Kakhulu”.

Precious updates from Mtubatuba
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The beautifully named Precious Matongo is a Zimele field worker who works in the Mtubatuba area. She recently sent through this report about how the various Self Help Groups are progressing with projects that include growing vegetables for schools, forming and developing day care centres, supplying hospitals with uniforms and more. Read more here…

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