Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, planted seeds and dished food when she visited Encotsheni Primary School and Iliso Care Society in Site C last week as Mandela Month drew to a close.
The organisation runs a variety of programmes which are all aimed at improving the lives of those in Site C.
Ms De Lille said her department had adopted the organisation’s project many years ago as they saw the critical role they were playing in uplifting the society.
However, she said, as organisations increase their services, so their needs also grow. And so, Ms De Lille added, when they conducted their latest assessment, they recognised the need for a borehole and an irrigation system for the project.
“I want to make a commitment that within two months the borehole will be installed after we have followed all the due processes and procedures,” she said.
“I would really love to see this project growing beyond this so that it could reach more people. Tata Madiba once said that a nation that cannot or fails to look after its children is not worth being called a nation.
“I promise that every six months the project will get new seeds. We must encourage community-based organisations to keep up with their good deeds by supporting their efforts,” Ms De Lille said.
Founder of Iliso Care Society, Vivian Zilo said said she started the project because she wanted to play a role in eradicating poverty and the many other social ills communities face.
She said when government representatives visit them and provide the necessary resources, their work is made a bit easier.
“We have a soup kitchen, sewing programmes, youth empowerment programmes, a creche and homestead. We want to better the lives of those who are less fortunate,” she said.
Encotsheni Primary School principal, Nolwando Skeyi, said she was excited that Ms De Lille had visited the school to see how they were working with local organisations to change their community.