Together with the District Director
of the Department of Rural Development Agrarian Reform Mr TP Boko, Mnquma Executive
Mayor Councilor Sithembiso Ncetezo handed over a brand new Dipping Tank to members of Ntseshe Wool Growers Association.
The event which was held at Ntseshe Administrative
Area in Ngqamakwe on Wednesday March 6. Hundreds of community members, sector
departments, local farmers and Wool Growers Associations were part of the
Also present at the event was the
Municipal Manager of Mnquma Local Municipality Mr Silumko Mahlasela, representatives from the
Department of Land Reform, local traditional leaders of Ntsheshe, Hlobo and Khothana Villages,
members of the Mayoral Committee,
departmental and municipal officials.
of the Ntseshe Wool Growers Association,
Mr Xolisa Bhomela , expressed his gratitude saying since the association began
in 2015, it has made significant progress but still struggles to produce quality wool. However, with the
donation of a
new dipping tank, the association was confident
that it would double their produce and profits.
"We started out as four households
with just about 100 sheep. Within four years, that number has grown to more
than 102 households and we have over 8000 sheep. We are producing over 95kgs of
wool each, despite being without a dipping tank. But now that we have a tank we
will be able to produce even more quality wool in larger quantities so that we
are in a position to improve the livelihood of our families and the wealth of
this community,” said Mr Bhomela.
Chairperson of the Ngqamakwe Farmers
Association Mr Ntshonga said the new dipping tank in Ngqamakwe brought with it
job opportunities for local youth who worked on the construction and fencing of
the dipping tank. This, he said, has
assisted the association in Ntseshe to instill a sense of responsibility and a
collective contribution by community members towards what is currently the most
stable source of income for the majority of households in Ntseshe.
During his main address, the
Executive Mayor Cllr Ncetezo said the
joint efforts of the department, the municipality and community members of Ntseshe village is what the principle of
working together to achieve more is about. "This is what happens when
communities come together in partnership with government to empower themselves
and become self-sufficient. As communities we also take on what is within our
capacity to eradicate poverty, combine our capacity with the resources that
government is able to avail and together we press forward as best as possible
to initiate change, improve our communities and the welfare of our families”,
Mnquma Local Municipality also handed
over livestock medication to the value of R100 000 towards the new dipping tank.
The department of rural development
also dispensed animal health care services while local groups entertained the
crowds through song and dance.