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 activities.

 

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.

 

Secretary 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”, he said.

 

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.