Rose Molokoane and Josephine Baloyi praised for bringing learnership opportunity in the village
The Village Voice
Women ululated and sang the praises of two women Rose Molokoane from Oukasie Township in Britz and Josephine Baloyi from the local village of Greenfarm.
That was in Greenfarm, on Thursday during the event held by the Federation of Urban Rural Poor in conjunction with Shack Dwellers International.
The joint initiative of the two, known as FedUP/SDI was instrumental in charging the lives of several women in the village.
The women in Greenfarm joined the organisation and its programmes that included serving money and burial society.
The organisation held a workshop for the rural women, teaching them many things such as serving money, agriculture and about the history of the organisation.
The workshop culminated into the celebration which took place on Thursday.
The celebration also included the achievement of securing learnership programme for 40 rural women including the youth from Greenfarm village.
This happened after Baloyi joined FedUP some time ago and her working relationship culminated into securing the learnership programme for the rural women.
FedUP national coordinator Molokoane said her life involved helping the under privileged.
“I lost my mother at the age of nine and was raised by other people, “she said.
She said for that reason she grew up understanding the plight of the people.
She said FedUP was instilling assertiveness to rural women and helped them to fight poverty.
“I am happy that my association with Josephine Baloyi has assisted so many people, with 40 women now in a 12 months learnership programme getting stipend, “she said.
Local women staged a sketch in which they showed their appreciation to Baloyi and Molokoane.
Baloyi said she was relieved when her efforts yielded results.
“There was time when some people doubted that what I was doing was serious. Now with the learnership, I am relieved, “she said.
The development was praised by local traditional leader Hosana Dan Nhongani.
“We appreciate any effort made to develop our people, “he said.
Collins Chabane Local Municipality ward councilor Cathrine Mhangwane also praised the organisation for assisting the government I creating jobs.
Local community leader Hasani Simon Sithole hailed the fact that women in the village were in a learnership programme.
“The village is best known for three important things, being the home of the late legendary singer Khatisa Chavalala , being the home of well-known leader BF Chauke who is the member of the ANC’s national executive committee and also being the home of beauty queen Nikiwe Makondo who is the reigning Africa Intercontinental queen, “he said.