Expert talk on community development

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Speaking in Tarka as part of research for the Global Summit on Community Philantrophy, Ninnette Eliasov with Rachel Helm  Picture: LOYISO GXOTHIWE
Speaking in Tarka as part of research for the Global Summit on Community Philantrophy, Ninnette Eliasov with Rachel Helm Picture: LOYISO GXOTHIWE

 

TARKASTAD – Internationally acclaimed expert in asset-based citizen-driven development (ABCD) Ninnette Eliasov visited Tarkastad at the weekend.

Her visit was part of a research initiative for the global summit on community philanthropy in Johannesburg on December 1.

The research, led by Susan Wilkinson-Maposa, is aimed at identifying distinguishing features of leadership at all levels of community development. Globally, 14 applications out of 60 were chosen for the study, with Tarka Development Group (TDG) and Kwenzekile Community Development Centre (KCDC) in Tsolo being part of the application put forward by Ikhala Trust and accepted by the summit.

THE matric class of 2016 was treated to a day of motivation, music and prayer at the Tarkastad-Hofmeyr matric countdown at Tarka High School last Thursday, writes Loyiso Gxothiwe.

The event included matrics from two Tarkastad public high schools – Tarka High School and Raymond Mhlaba Senior Secondary – with Phakama High from Hofmeyr also in attendance. District education officials and members of teachers’ unions also attended.

A recurring theme was the importance of having a vision.

Asithandile Mayongo, a high school pupil from Raymond Mhlaba, recited a bilingual traditional praise-poem about determination. The Raymond Mhlaba school choir also provided entertainment. Speaker Siyamthanda Horo, gave a powerful message about identity and vision.

Horo and other Christian leaders prayed for the matrics.

UPCOMING events: Spring party at the Rhino Inn on Saturday from 7pm. Free entry, live music and prizes; Spring lunch at the sports club on September 11 at noon. Tickets available from Suzette Botha and Liesa King; Tarka Development Group and Tsolwana Tourism combined AGM at the Moth Hall on September 21 at 6pm. Guest speaker is Professor Hanna Nel from the University of Johannesburg. Free entry, all welcome.

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