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Eastern Cape agricultural project changes lives

07 March 2014
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Indibano, an Economic Development Implementation Organisation, is achieving significant results across the Eastern Cape province by creating opportunities for underprivileged people to support and sustain themselves.

Indibano’s collaborative efforts with The Kula Investment Group, Phambili Vuma Investments and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) have initiated several agriculturally-focused projects that promise to have a lasting impact in rural parts of the region.

What sets them apart from the many similar projects doing good work is Indibano’s use of a three-fold partnership between the Community, Corporate role-players and Government.

This model has proven well-suited to rural solutions that require long-term commitment, entrepreneurial energy and meet a real market need.

The ethos behind this rural self-help model is that:

If community members become aware of their problems and are given sufficient information on which to base their decisions (awareness);
Are allowed to plan and implement projects for themselves (action planning);
Are given the space to experiment to find the most appropriate solution (resourcefulness);
They will take responsibility for their situation (responsibility); and thereby gain confidence in their ability to solve their own problems (self-esteem).

“Our main objective is to provide strategic planning and collaboration skills that will enable an effective delivery vehicle for wealth creation within rural communities. This is underpinned by an entrepreneurial approach, which helps to ensure sustainable results, “explains Sibongile Tabata of Indibano.

“Traditional leaders own stretches of undeveloped land, so we try to work with them for wealth creation, and the idea is to go for large–scale agricultural development projects and set up abattoirs, shearing and dairy facilities,” explains Lindiwe Hendricks, founding member of Indibano. – SA the Good News