September Newsletter 2015

The first day of September is traditionally celebrated as the first day of spring. This year, Mother Nature has been a little early as all the plants were already in bud and the fruit trees full of blossoms. It’s a glorious time of year, especially in this lovely province of KwaZulu-Natal where we are so fortunate to live. Spring is a time of new beginnings and fresh growth. As I looked back over the past few months while working on the Zimele Community annual report, I became aware of so many examples of fresh growth and change. We have moved offices, we have had to refashion our work within the communities on completion of the two-year contract with the Office of the Premier, and we have had various staff changes too. Exciting times indeed. I am proud of what we have achieved in the past months – the 2014-2015 year has been a time of expansion and transformation. Most rewarding of all is that our community projects are starting to generate income, evidence of their success and sustainability. This is proof that our programmes are having a positive impact on people’s financial independence – as intended. This is certainly something to celebrate!

Rosetta Stander

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The Zimele team has experienced some changes: we bid farewell to Audrey Matimelo and Xolani Zondi. We thank them for their years of service and wish them well in their new endeavours. If you were working with them and need assistance please email Rosetta Stander at and she will put you in touch with the relevant Zimele staff member to help.

AGM 2015

SARCDA Trade Show


The 2015 SARCDA Trade Show took place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg from 20-23 August. As our Zimele Craft co-ordinator Julia Buss was busy exhibiting our crafters’ work in New York it fell on the Enterprise Development team to exhibit and secure sales for the craft programme. Set up took a day and a half, and the team gained a whole new level of respect for Julia’s carefully prepared set-up guidelines. The end result gave the products an added glow of brightness in a hall of many exhibitors all trying to attract the same customers! The new craft products like the Big 5 decorations and “Fatty” Christmas decorations were very well received. Our quality and unique style were always the first form of compliment from customers. It was impressive the way several people searched for us in the enormous exhibition halls as they wished to re-order our craft products. After four rewarding days, the orders exceeded R90 000! Well done to the craft and design team, and of course our talented crafters.

World Racers come to visit

World Race

World Race is an organisation that arranges for participants to spend a month in a developing country for 11 months in total, providing missionary partnerships to impoverished communities. We were delighted to be their hosts for the month of July. After two days of orientation the squad was split between three Zimele communities, Winterton, Swayimane and Mtubatuba, to be hosted by the women in the communities. Overall it was a refreshing new experience for the Zimele staff and the community, who were delighted to share their lives with their guests who paid for their stay. The logistics of moving 24 people from place to place was challenging but overall matters were well-handled and brilliantly executed!

Siyaphumelela Farmers Day

Ajallon Zondi

With the year fast approaching its end, the Zimele Agricultural team is looking forward to achieving all set objectives. After having held two successful Farmers’ Days in the uMkhanyakude and uThukela districts, a third and final Farmers’ Day for the year was scheduled to take place in the uMgungundlovu district in the Swayimane area. Participation in these days is a very useful way of providing a platform for farmers to be involved in the process of finding solutions to problems experienced by them, as well as establishing relationships. This year’s Siyaphumelela Farmers’ Day was the fourth since the programme’s inception and the second since the arrival of the current Agriculture Programme team. The theme of “farm to gain” – “lima ukuze uhlomule”, was decided by the community-led Siyaphumelela Farmers Association. Even though it was women’s month, it was decided to not concentrate solely on women farmers. The day was very well attended with an estimated 200 farmers in attendance. Guest speakers included…Read more.

Another miracle by Computers for Africa

 Computer School Pic newsletter

Terry Heaviside and his team from Computers for Africa recently made their annual visit to the Zimele community computer schools, and their visit to Mtubatuba saw the installation of the area’s first computer school. The ISIGQI SEMBOKODO Computer School was formed by the five Clusters of the uMkhanyakude District. The school will be governed by a committee of two Cluster members from each of the five founding groups, bringing a total of 10 to the various roles of the school’s governing body. They are currently being mentored in operations and the specifics required to run an effective school. Interviews are underway to appoint a teacher to train the ICDL course outline and the standard of applicants in the area has been fantastic! Read more here…

Tempting veggies


The Zimele Agricultural Programme farmers contributed top quality fresh produce towards a veggies hamper that was delivered to a potential donor in Pietermaritzburg. She was so impressed that she sent back some of her favourite recipes. Yum! Read more…

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