Kwanda Imbizo coming to the Free State - 14 April 2014

The groundbreaking community development initiative, Kwanda, will be holding its third Imbizo in Kwakwatsi in the Free State on Monday 14th April. This is part of a series of Imbizo’s taking place in Kwanda communities around the country. The five communities are Lephepane in Limpopo, Tjakastad in Mpumalanga, Kwakwatsi in the Free State, Pefferville in the Eastern Cape and uMthwalume in KwaZulu Natal.

Launched in an innovative community makeover television show as a 13 part series on SABC in 2009, the Kwanda programme has expanded to find ways to intensify social, human, economic and environmental capital development locally. The programme works towards enabling communities to address their own socio-economic challenges through engaging and enlisting various structures more effectively, including government and business.

The key outcome as articulated in the re-invigoration workshops is to ensure that the Kwanda programme is embedded in Developmental Priorities of Government (nationally and provincially), within the National Development Plan (NDP) and Integrated Development Plan’s (IDP’s). To this end  the five Kwanda communities have initiated the “Kwanda Communities Imbizo” to be hosted by the Kwanda Teams at their local communities between March and April 2014. Through these Imbizo’s the communities seek to attract partnerships from various public and private bodies towards their developmental goals.

The objectives of the Imbizo’s are as follows:

  • To raise awareness and educate communities on the programmes available from the Departments of Social Development, Health, Education, Trade and Industry and to hear from the community how these programmes can be improved to make them more responsive to community needs
  • To interact with the community on the delivery of social services, convey various health and economic development services aimed at achieving sustainable livelihoods to the communities in partnership with public and private stakeholders
  • To engage further on how communities can – work better, look better and feel better
  • To create a platform for networking, development and support opportunities

The Imbizo’s will take place as follows:

Province Date Community
Limpopo 28th March 2014 Lephepane
KwaZulu Natal 4th April 2014 uMthwalume
Free State 14th April 2014 Kwakwatsi
Eastern Cape 24 April 2014 Pefferville
Mpumalanga 29 April 2014 Tjakastad

If you are a resident, social  or commercial partner of Kwakwatsi be at the Kwakwatsi Ward 2 Sports Grounds from 9:am on Monday 14 April.  Kwanda  is delivered in a partnership between the Department of Social Development, Soul City Institute and Seriti Institute.