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Sarah Baartman District Municipality boosts Aberdeen cooperative

Sep 1, 2014
Sarah Baartman District Municipality boosts Aberdeen cooperative

In a major boost to the fledgling Masizakhe Clothing Primary Cooperative in Aberdeen, in Camdeboo Local Municipality, the Sarah Baartman District Municipality handed over equipment worth around R222 800 at an event held on the 31st of July at the town’s Thembalesizwe Community Hall.

Masizakhe Clothing Primary Cooperative is involved in clothes making, home décor and provides catering related services, which include the hiring of tents and chairs to its community.

The handover was attended by the Executive Mayor of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana; Portfolio Councillor for Economic Development, Noel O’Connel, as well as Camdeboo Local Municipality councillors and local residents.

Equipment handed over included four brand-new sewing machines, a selection of pots, a pressing device, floor heaters, blankets and various other materials.

In a statement Duma Magxwalisa, Local Economic Development (LED) Manager at Sarah Baartman District Municipality, said that the Sarah Baartman District Municipality funded a study in the last financial year to understand and drive an effective support mechanism for the development of cooperatives in the District.

“This support given to the Camdeboo Local Municipality’s LED initiatives will go a long way to encourage selfemployment, youth entrepreneurship and reduce poverty and unemployment,” Magxwalisa said.

He added that besides the tools, there was a need to improve business skills among cooperatives.

“These are not once-off inputs: they require sustained support over time, and they can rarely be paid for by the co-op itself,” Magxwalisa said, adding that, it was part of a long-term plan to enhance cooperatives in the District.


Photo Caption: BOOSTING LOCAL COOPERATIVES… Executive Mayor of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana with one of the sewing machines handed over to Masizakhe Clothing Primary Cooperative.