Impala Bafokeng Trustcontinues to make a difference

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Impala Bafokeng Trust (IBT), continues to touch the lives of individuals and communities in the Bojanala district. The trust has opted for a developmental approach, seeking to help create an enabling environment for people to help themselves as opposed to the piecemeal handout approach of old. The IBT’s main areas of focus are education, health, income generation, sports development and institutional capacity development in the Bojanala district of the North West Province.

Within education the IBT has partnered with the Centre for Early Childhood Development to help build the district’s capacity and open access for quality early learning to an increased number of children. The project aims to touch the lives of 5000 children directly over a five year period, helping to improve the environment in which learning happens as well as the skill of their educators. In addition, the IBT works with Ukuqonda Institute to promote an improvement in the quality of learning and teaching of Maths and Science, aiming to reach 120 educators, and benefit an estimated total of 20 000 learners in a selected number of primary and middle schools.

Mahube is one of the IBT partners in efforts to promote economic activity. Through Mahube, more than 200 SMMEs and co-operatives have received skills training and support in starting and growing their enterprises. Through Hand In Hand international, about 30 self-help groups of about six members each are being supported for active participation in the economy and thus make a dent on poverty and dependency.

"IBT believes that equipping individuals, families and groups for self-reliance will lead to a self-sufficient community that is not only able to take meaningful advantage of current wealth, but also turn it into an asset for future generations," said Teboho Mahuma of the IBT.

Other partners of the IBT include the Greater Rustenburg Community Foundation which provides support to community based, not for profit organizations to enhance their capacity and sustainability; and Tapologo which provides much needed home-based care for those infected by the HI virus and other diseases.

"The IBT has made great strides in its first year of programme activity, and is positioned to grow its impact on the lives of people living and working in Bojanala through collaboration with others in government, private and NPO sectors," concludes Teboho.

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