“Ubuntu” is seen as one of the founding principles of the “new South Africa”. A Zulu word, literally meaning “humanness”, which represents a social and spiritual philosophy serving as a framework for African society.
…”the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connect all humanity”.
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Giving back to the local community is important to the Inyati Team. Realising that there are so many areas in which the community needs assistance, Inyati decided to choose one particular project on which to focus their energy.
Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust (SSPT)
Many SSW members have been involved in development initiatives working in the neighbouring communities for many years and what has already been achieved through their efforts is remarkable. To unlock the potential of a more coordinated, strategic approach, the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust (SSPT) was established as a joint venture of all the existing agencies (lodges and NGOs). This collaborative trust provides an opportunity to align and maximise these efforts to achieve greater impact. NGO organisations which are part of our collaboration include Africa Foundation,
Buffelshoek Trust, Chitwa Trust, Good Work Foundation, Virgin’s Pride ‘n Purpose, the Singita Foundation and the former Pfunanani Trust which has now been incorporated as the central body. Participating lodges who are involved in community development work include Leopard hills, Lion Sands, Londolozi, Sabi Sabi and Savanna Game Lodge. By aligning the combined efforts towards a common vision, the promise of meaningful change through progressive development can be realized.
The SSPT works in conjunction with stakeholders such as communities, aid organisations, government and donors to create partnerships which identify, engineer, fund and sustain meaningful projects. By leveraging these collective efforts a multiplier effect is achieved. Projects are implemented by the collaborating organisations who act as delivery agents.
We have numerous key partnerships with government, private sector and communities which allow for the creation of holistic solutions and multi-level participation. These relationships are central to the success of community development interventions.
The needs of the communities are immense and they face a multitude of challenges. Aid intervention alone would not be able to meet all the needs, but can be a catalyst for meaningful community development. In this regard the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust has identified three focus areas which are:
•Environment – including water, conservation, biodiversity, sustainable use, ecosystem services, sanitation etc.;
•Education – including schooling, youth development, skills and capacity building
•Entrepreneurship – including income generation and inclusion of communities in the tourism value chain and other opportunities in the wildlife economy
Within these focus areas we have selected a small number of priority projects which we are actively supporting at present and are endeavouring to raise funds for.
The activities of the trust take place in Bushbuckridge municipal area. Activities span 17 rural villages with approximately 91000 people. The beneficiaries are from under privileged and disadvantaged communities.
Community participation in projects is essential and we work closely with community members and leadership to identify and shape projects.
A core principal of SSPT is that beneficiaries receive the maximum possible benefit and that shrinkage in the delivery process is minimised. To this end, internal governance processes strictly regulate the use of funds and project resources are carefully monitored and evaluated to ensure the most efficient use thereof. Donor reporting is comprehensive and detailed. A code of transparency and honesty are non-negotiable in all dealings. Our members have extensive experience in successful project implementation and a strong track record of outstanding delivery.
Our board of trustees provides high level oversight and strategic input whilst our management committee is concerned with planning, operations, evaluation of projects and SSPT activities. Trustees are Sidney Frankel (Chairman), Iain Mackenzie, Harold De Kock, Reuel Khoza, Cheryl Carolus, Itumeleng Kgaboesele, Kuseni Dlamini and Lotus Khoza. The SSPT is a non-profit trust which is an approved public benefit organisation in South Africa.
A HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS IN HUNTINGTON VILLAGE
The Huntington community development forum made an appeal to SSPT for assistance with building a high school in their community. At present there is no high school at Huntington and students have to walk long distances to attend school at Mabarule High School. Mabarule High School is overcrowded and unable to cope with over 1400 students attending school there. The department of education has given the community their agreement to support the establishment of a high school facility at Huntington and to provide teachers and operational resources if the community can find a sponsor for the necessary infrastructure. The school would need classrooms, an admin building, toilets and fencing. The tribal authority has said they will make land available for the school. The SSPT management committee is of the opinion that this is a project that should be supported and the SSPT is endeavouring to help the community raise the R3m of funds needed to build the school.
COLUMBA 1400SA LEADERSHIP
The Columba 1400SA youth leadership program which is aimed at unlocking the potential of the youth and has produced an exponentially positive affect in many of the areas it has been run. It is the Columba and SSPT team’s goal to run a program in each of the main villages neighbouring the SSW.
The vision is to build a movement for responsible leadership amongst South African youth by developing young people who are socially and environmentally conscious and active who lead through service. Aiming to help shift the social perception of the role of young people in public life and to and help resolve the social exclusion of youth. The Columba approach uses experiential learning of values to empower young people to make the right choices in life and to elevate their ideals above pure self-interest. They learn to care for themselves, their schools and communities and the environment.
The young leaders are equipped with skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work and they become role models of engaged citizens in depressed areas where there is little hope. The program works with 12 young people (selected based on their commitment to building a better society) with 3 senior educators at a quality Lodge in attractive natural surroundings for 6 days using experiential learning and lessons from nature, history and culture to show how every human being has greatness in them and can be a leader if they understand values. A highly skilled team of facilitators run the Academies.
In return for the privilege our graduates are challenged to recruit their friends and use peer/social networks and partnerships with their educators to drive positive change. Their value system and civic engagement experience significantly improves confidence and efficacy enhancing their employability and/or equipping them to become successful entrepreneurs. In many cases our graduates have started social enterprises in their schools.
To date more than 300 young leaders from 17 disadvantaged schools all over South Africa have graduated from the academy and are making a real difference. The first program in Bushbuckridge was run at Manyangana high school in the North last year. The program has continued to deliver excellent outcomes with recent matric prelim results released by the Manyangana High School in the North increasing from 50% to a hitherto unseen 82%. The school principal attributes the change entirely to the Columba program and speaks enthusiastically of the positive initiatives being planned and implemented by the students themselves.
Earlier this year the Columba team visited Sabi Sand and hosted a principal’s workshop. The workshop was very well attended with 25 representatives from local high schools and community development organisations participating. In line with the course protocol, following the workshop the schools made applications for the program and underwent an exacting selection process. Mawewe High School in Dumphries Village was selected for the next program which will be run in October 2012. Pride ‘n Purpose has been able to raise funds for a school to run the program and a group of Virgin executives will be taking part with the young people. The Columba team are continually enriching the program and will be including an anti-rhino poaching theme in the future courses. Subject to further funding becoming available the intention is for this program to be rolled out to the neighbouring villages. The cost is R150k per school and funders are currently being sought.
WORKING FOR WILDLIFE PROGRAM
The rate of rhino poaching has escalated dramatically in recent years from 13 animals poached in 2007 to 448 recorded in 2011, with already 381 slain by September in 2012. The black market price of rhino horn is more that gold and rhino poaching is now attracting serious criminal elements. Ninety three percent of the world’s remaining white rhino and thirty nine percent of black rhino are presently protected in South Africa if we lose the battle here, extinction will be inevitable. As the last bastion for rhino in Africa, failure in South Africa is simply not an option.
The current poaching crisis has changed the face of conservation radically and is akin to a counter-insurgency war. History has shown that these wars are won only by addressing three key requirements. These include:
Skilled and motivated manpower
Winning the hearts and minds of local communities
The working for wildlife project represented an opportunity to target points (b) and (c) above by means of employing carefully screened and selected individuals from the villages surrounding the reserve. Accordingly, in a public private initiative the Working for Wildlife program recruited 28 local community members to be trained as anti-poaching field rangers. Over 600 applicants were subjected to a rigorous one week selection course from which 28 men passed. These recruits have since undergone an intensive 7 week advanced field ranger training course in the Waterberg.
They graduated from their training on the 10th of August 2012 and after a well deserved rest they have be deployed on the SSW to join the anti-poaching teams here. These individuals have shown remarkable determination and ability and have gone from being unskilled recruits to fully trained and qualified Grade C PSIRA security officials.
Government is contributing R131 per day toward the field ranger’s salaries. A co-payment of R34 per ranger per day is required to meet the statutory minimum. This amount plus costs to cover rations and equipment requirements equates to approximately R1.6m over the 3 year period and the project is seeking sponsors to help fund these costs.