LEPHALALE — “As a young female student studying mining engineering at the university of Wits, it’s a great pleasure to be part of the Letjema La Basadi Co-operative, as it will help me develop myself, my community and encourage other young females to do something for their community”.
These are the words of Mahlodi Tauetswala, a final year student at the University of Wits, when she was speaking at the Letjema La Basadi Project launch in the Babirwa – Taueatswala community on Saturday 30 January 2016. This project saw two hectares of land being given to businesses in the Tauetswala area – in order for them to operate from there and to help empower and develop the village.
Tumelo Tlhako, a women living with a disability, said that she was also happy to be part of the Co-op as it will help her get skills to help her family.
Chairperson of the Co-operative, Alina Mbatha, thanked the Babirwa traditional Council for the piece of land. “We are going to be manufacturing bricks, door and window frames and the likes, we are very thankful for the opportunity given. We also would like to get support from local government and the Waterberg district municipality for the women in the greater Lephalale area” Mbatha said.
The women are requesting a grant from local government to assist them in purchasing the machinery needed to start with their manufacturing.
“The main reason we started this Co-operative is that we saw it fit to help develop women in villages so that they can maintain their families without solely depending on their husbands. We also want to transfer skills and knowledge to the youth and those who are disabled” said Mbatha.
Dora Molwantwa, also a member of the Co-operative, said that she is very glad that the co-operative was formed as it will empower women around Lephalale. “Here we stand today on our plot which we were given by the Babirwa council, we are going to help the neighbouring communities”.