New youth ini­tia­tive will see var­i­ous bod­ies work­ing to­gether

Stake­hold­ers to share re­sources and knowl­edge

Talk of the Town - - NEWS - ROB KNOWLES

Ni­cholas Na­bil Te­bogo Rawhani from Gaut­eng has been work­ing on youth de­vel­op­ment in the Endlovini area for the past 10 months, and de­cided to bring var­i­ous stake­hold­ers to­gether to es­tab­lish bet­ter lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween them, and to share re­sources.

At the meet­ing on Mon­day, Rawhani opened with a prayer, and then ex­plained his vi­sion.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Gear, Ro­tary, Con­fi­dent Girls, Sten­den, Port Al­fred High School and Ne­mato Change a Life (NCAL) were in at­ten­dance.

“I would like us to de­velop the com­mu­nity.

“I have met many peo­ple here who are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing things bet­ter,” he said.

He pointed out that there were prob­a­bly no more than “two de­grees of sep­a­ra­tion” be­tween all those in at­ten­dance and that he would like to ex­ploit the fact that, to­gether, they could share knowl­edge and other re­sources to im­prove the ser­vices they of­fered.

Each of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives pre­sented a brief out­line of their projects, and it be­came clear that work­ing to­gether would be ben­e­fi­cial to all.

“This is just the start of the ini­tia­tive,” Rawhani said.

“We each have our own projects, and this ini­tia­tive [the Nd­lambe De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive or NDI] will prob­a­bly never have projects of its own.

“The in­ten­tion is to get peo­ple to speak to each other, share ideas and help en­sure the suc­cess of each project.

“We are a small group at the mo­ment but this will grow as more peo­ple re­alise the ben­e­fits of hav­ing such a group.”

While a sig­nif­i­cant amount of ef­fort was spent dis­cussing the youth, the NDI will fo­cus on sev­eral fronts.

Th­ese in­clude ed­u­ca­tion and child care, as well as early child­hood de­vel­op­ment, food se­cu­rity such as veg­etable gar­dens, health care and lit­er­acy.

It was clear dur­ing the meet­ing that there were ma­jor over­laps be­tween some of the projects dis­cussed.

Rawhani said work­ing along­side the NDI would en­able peo­ple to share knowl­edge and ex­per­tise, pool re­sources and avoid du­pli­ca­tion.

The group mapped out some of the ar­eas where over­laps oc­curred and de­cided to cre­ate a What­sApp group to en­able di­a­logue be­tween the di­verse groups.

Pic­ture: ROB KNOWLES

WORK­ING TO­GETHER: The newly formed Nd­lambe De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive (NDI) was launched at its in­au­gu­ral meet­ing on Mon­day to help pool re­sources and net­work ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions and oth­ers, to im­prove the plight of chil­dren and teenagers in the area. Meet­ing at the Port Al­fred High School club­house are, from left, Laura Guest and Tali Alexan­dre from mar­ket­ing at Port Al­fred High School, Bon­gani Bavuma from Sten­den, stand­ing at the back, Thun­yelwa Mbekela from the Gear ini­tia­tive, founder of the NDI Ni­cholas Na­bil Te­bogo Rawhani, Craig El­lis and Ray Oliver from Ro­tary, Khany­isa Daweti from Gear, seated, Them­bawethu Tele from Con­fi­dent Girls, Mza­meli Dikeni from Sten­den and Jan Blom from Ne­mato Change a Life

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