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Vision

Connected communities holding the power to thrive

Connected Communities

Recognition of shared humanity

Equality & social justice

Sense of collective purpose

Connected to services & opportunities

Shared learning & resources

Communication builds connection

Holding The Power

Owning & driving initiatives

Having a conscious sense of agency & capability

Enjoying rights & assuming responsibilities as full citizens

Making, influencing & challenging decisions that affect people’s lives

Transformative, informed leadership

To Thrive

Positive people with vision

Meaningful, beneficial & sustainable change

Connected to aspirations and priorities

Vibrant, involved communities

Enhanced wellbeing

Potential unlocked; opportunities embraced

Connected Communities

Recognition of shared humanity

Equality & social justice

Sense of collective purpose

Connected to services & opportunities

Shared learning & resources

Communication builds connection

Holding The Power

Owning & driving initiatives

Having a conscious sense of agency & capability

Enjoying rights & assuming responsibilities as full citizens

Making, influencing & challenging decisions that affect people’s lives

Transformative, informed leadership

To Thrive

Positive people with vision

Meaningful, beneficial & sustainable change

Connected to aspirations and priorities

Vibrant, involved communities

Enhanced wellbeing

Potential unlocked; opportunities embraced

Context & People

Ubunye works with  communities in the Ngqushwa and Makana local municipal districts of South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Our work is concentrated in the former homeland of the Ciskei, an area which was deliberately neglected and underdeveloped during apartheid and where the legacy of this era is reflected starkly by intergenerational and structural poverty.

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The Eastern Cape has a population of approximately seven million people, 60% of whom live in rural areas with nearly 80% speaking isiXhosa as their home language.

Our province has some of the country’s highest rates of income poverty and unemployment, and rural women and children constitute the most marginalized demographic. The rural areas are also characterized by undeveloped infrastructure and a lack of access to ordinary public services such as reliable water, sanitation, refuse removal and decent health and education facilities.

The area is highly water scarce and environmentally degraded and communities are feeling the effects of climate change.

These factors contribute to out-migration and those ‘left behind’ constitute a much skewed population dominated by the elderly and the very young. Most households are dependent on social grants: child support grants (ZAR380 / US$29 per month in 2017) and/or old age pension grants (ZAR1 510 / US$115 per month in 2017). Although falling, there is still an illiteracy rate of over 20% in the district and the standard of schooling is very poor, reflecting the education crisis in our country as a whole.

Approximately 12% of the population are HIV-positive in the major district in which Ubunye works. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has devastating social and economic effects for families and our province also has a very high burden of tuberculosis, with the situation aggravated by the emergence of drug resistant strains.

Our political and economic climate is unstable, exacerbated by dissatisfaction with leadership, the pace of change, poor service delivery and slow economic growth. In the everyday lives of rural communities this means cynical treatment by local politicians and constantly increasing food and basic commodity prices that make households more vulnerable than ever.

There are, however, many reasons for hope.

The history of our country means that the potential of a large section of our population has never been recognised. Rural people have a wealth of knowledge, skills and strengths that has been neglected because of a system that denied them agency as full citizens and the right to realise their own potential. The damage done has led people to internalise this mind-set; sometimes manifested in dependency and apathy. Psycho-social development and healing must take place in order for people to realise their ability to create positive change in their own lives and communities.

We are regularly humbled by the tenacity of people to overcome the harshest of circumstances and the creative coping mechanisms they employ to survive and even thrive. We are witness to individuals and families who have experienced repeated shocks and crises and somehow manage to keep going with minimal, if any, safety nets. We have much to learn from this and our challenge is to support people in building on their existing strengths whilst working tirelessly to create a more enabling environment.

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Meet the team

Senior Management

KATY PEPPER

Director

May Quntu

May Quntu

Assistant Director: Community & Government Engagement

Lumka Nkanyana

Lumka Nkanyana

Operations Manager

Administrative

Ingrid Brown

Ingrid Brown

Finance Officer

Michelle Bradley

Michelle Bradley

Administrative and Programme Support

Thandi Benyane

Thandi Benyane

Administrative Assistant

Programme Coordinators

Cynthia Monelwa Siyona

Cynthia Monelwa Siyona

Savings Programme Coordinator

Lime Badu

Lime Badu

Livelihoods Programme Coordinator

Nompucuko Nodada

Nompucuko Nodada

Health Programme Coordinator

Mzwamadoda Badi

Mzwamadoda Badi

Early Childhood Development Programme Coordinator

Bulelwa Ganca

Bulelwa Ganca

Kwandwe Wellness Programme Coordinator

Field Officers

Lungiswa Mti

Lungiswa Mti

Savings Programme Field Officer

Lindiswa Ntlokwana

Lindiswa Ntlokwana

Livelihoods Programme Field Officer

Luleka Kondlo

Luleka Kondlo

Health Programme Field Officer

Vuyolwethu Ndlakuse

Vuyolwethu Ndlakuse

Early Childhood Development Programme Field Officer

Noluvo Njadayi

Noluvo Njadayi

Fort Brown Programme Field Officer

Mgcamabele Community Centre

Asimanye Msila

Asimanye Msila

Centre Manager

Thuliwe Galela

Thuliwe Galela

Pre-school teacher

Nomathamsanqa Futshane

Nomathamsanqa Futshane

Pre-school Assistant

Joyce Stofile

Joyce Stofile

Crèche Carer

Ntombothando Plaatjies

Ntombothando Plaatjies

Crèche Carer

Noluthando Gloria Mzizi

Noluthando Gloria Mzizi

Cook & Cleaner

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Director: Katy Pepper

Physical Address: 23 Hill Street, Grahamstown, South Africa
Postal Address: P O Box 448, Grahamstown 6140

Telephone: +27 (0)46 622 7896
Fax :+27 (0)46 622 7889

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