Sisters doing it for their community
WORKING in a community seriously affected by teenage pregnancies, alcoholism, drug abuse and unemployment, the Mangezi Rise Club is dedicated to make a difference, especially for rural young women, in Mangezi Reserve in the KwaDlangezwa area.
The club has not only brought positive change to the community since its establishment in March last year, but has also served as a platform where young women between the ages of 19 and 25 form a strong sisterhood.
With most members out of school and unemployed, the central focus of the group is to promote education among peers while identifying tertiary educational opportunities for each other.
‘We share information of education, business skills as well as help each other with personal growth.
‘Education is not just important, but the foundation for a better future. We don’t want a community where young women depend on older men to survive,’ said team leader Ayanda Gumede (26).
The Mangezi Rise Club assists young women tackle various issues.
‘We all have our demons, but belonging to the group makes it easier for us to confront them.
Making a difference
The young women have already made a significant impact in their community by conducting various educational initiatives.
Last year they spearheaded fitness and health campaigns, as well as a recycling programme through which they taught residents about the importance of the environment.
According to the group, their most fulfilling initiative was their march against the abuse of women and children.
They are also proud of their ongoing beadwork project.
They teach each other the craft and sell their goods to the community.
They hope to grow the club by recruiting more women, as well as developing their bead project into a lucrative business.
Showcasing their beadwork are Yethu Cele (19), Minenhle Nkwanyana (21), Thandazile Mathebula (21), Nomfundo Mwandla (21), Nonhlanhla Nkwanyana (22), Sihle Mkhwanazi and Neliswa Buthelezi (20)