Joe Morolong Municipality, Kuruman
Activator: Baamogeng Hube
4

CAREER GUIDANCE EVENTS

80

STUDENTS ATTENDED THE LAST EVENT

3

FULLY FUNDED BURSARIES

10

VILLAGES SERVICED

Inspired to drive change in their community, a group of young people founded Matlhwaring Community Development (MCD), in order to address the problems that they were encountering in their communities. The founding members are the late Kgopiso Letobane, Boikanyo Letobame, Shadrack Gaetshele, Galaletsang Seatile and Activator and MCD Chairperson Baamogeng Hube. The MCD Fund was founded in 2013, in the rural areas surrounding the Joe Morolong Local Municipality in Kuruman. These areas include Galotlhare, Logobate, Mentu, Suurdig and Kortnight, among others.

The NPC was envisioned and birthed by the late Activator, Kgopiso Letobane, who passed away in 2015. As it is said, heroes and legends never die as their legacies outlive them. Kgopiso was indeed such a hero, as the MCD Fund continues to live and to multiply his legacy. To date, the organisation has hosted four Career Guidance events which the founders fund from their own pockets, all in an effort to ensure that their dreams to see the young people in their community succeed, are realised.

The 4th Annual Matlhwaring Career Guidance event hosted in Kortnight was an absolute success. The MCD team invited a vast array of young professionals from the Joe Morolong area. Of the 80 learners in attendance, three top achieving matriculants will be chosen for a fully funded bursary in Town Planning, Engineering and Medicine, in order to increase the number of graduates in Matlhwaring. These learners have to take a 25 to 40 kilometer bus ride to school every day, and thus cannot attend most, if not all, of the extramural and extracurricular activities offered at school. And that is not all; within the entire area, with over five to ten rural villages, there is neither a library nor a well-functioning Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre that meets the standards set by the Department of Social Development, not to mention internet access.

The nearest hospital is at least thirty kilometres away, on a rocky gravel road, and does not always have doctors in attendance. The alternative is to have a clinic which opens at 08h00 and closes at 16h00, open only on weekdays. This means that there are no medical services over the weekend, unless one can afford to drive to the hospital or to a service that is outside the area.

Yet the MCD Fund provides opportunities to make it, in spite of the triple threat of unemployment, inequality and poverty. The team has managed to source containers in which they want to run an internet café within the community and are currently sourcing funds for the necessary equipment.