The Samora Machel community have been seeking opportunities for small business development within the community fro many years. In our experiences thus far with this community, it has become apparent that the need to maximise the economic potential of talents such as arts and crafts, welding, sewing, music and dance is a shared vision. Samora Machel is a vibrant community encompassing individuals of various African nationalities. What is interesting to see is how, despite the severe issue of Xenophobia that our country has experienced in recent years, this community has embraced its different cultures and people with enthusiasm.
Green Communities aims to see the success of the Tsoga Centre being driven through community decision-making, involvement and commitment to change and development. An intensive public participation process has already been implemented through regular public meetings, feedback sessions, newsletters, and reports regarding project progress. In this way, the initiatives identified for the Tsoga Community Project have been thoroughly communicated, and brainstormed with the community.
Initiatives are to be implemented with the intention of creating a place where the Samora Machel community can realise opportunities for themselves in the form of various projects. It is the intention that the Centre be utilised as often as possible, incorporating various interventions, courses, programmes, functions, and business development opportunities.
Through these initiatives we envisage that the Tsoga Centre will become a vibrant hub of social and economic development and can be a “blue print” for all other defunct community centres throughout Cape Town and South Africa. Replicable successful models are essential to the development of our country. One should allow the success of one community to inspire another to do the same. Often, the “ripple effect” of a project or intervention allow us to see these positive changes occur. We believe sharing what we learn with others will extend our impact beyond our portfolio.