Ronnie Coetzee, Mariëtte Barnard, Rev. Sam Chaka, Baboo Seerparsad, Yasheen Sookdeo, Edgar Kgaile, Elmarie Fitzmaurice, Petrus Mofokeng and David Uwah, cutting the ribbon at Botshabelo Retreaders. PHOTO: THANDI XABA
Credit to Bloemfontein Courant 9 June 2016
The Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) has, since its inception, played a pivotal role in uplifting the communities in the Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu areas.
It was with great excitement that the trust recently launched four separate projects that have greatly benefited from the trust. During the launch of the projects, one of the TCAT trustees, Rev. Sam Chaka, gave insight into the mandate the trust carries throughout the communities. “Most factories in these areas are white elephants and unemployment is the devil’s workshop. We need to teach people skills and that is what Thabo Trust has strived for,” he said.
One of the factories that have benefited is the tyre manufacturing plant, Botshabelo Retreaders. The plant opened in January 2016 and currently employs about 16 staff members, one of which is Thabiso Tsoaela, who says he is thankful to have a job.
“Before this I was job hunting and didn’t want to sit at home and be idle. I heard that the factory was opening and I sent through my details. We were trained for about three weeks and I am happy to have these projects sprouting in my community because the jobs can keep us busy and provide us with an income.”
In total, the trust contributed R6,5 million to this tyre factory, which manufactures retread tyres for trucks, buses and trailers.
Furthermore in Thaba Nchu, the Moroka Hospital and Mmabana Cultural Centre have been the trust’s beneficiaries, while in Botshabelo it has supported the Botshabelo Hospital.
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