Bokang Molelekwa recently stepped into the role of REISA Community Liaison Officer, an important link between the solar project and the surrounding beneficiary communities. Coming from a community close to the project he tells how he finds it easy to relate to the communities that he’ll be working with.
“It is easy for me to relate to and communicate with the beneficiary communities, which I believe will help me build strong relations. Plus, coming from the area means that it is much easier for me to connect to community members and other key stakeholder groups, as I can especially identify with people of a shared culture,” explained Molelekwa, who is tasked with helping to implement beneficiary programmes in Kathu, Olifantshoek, Dibeng, Siyathemba, Babatas and Mapoteng, designed to empower and strengthen these local communities.
Molelekwa gained vast experience through his work at the Department of Social Development as a Community Development Practitioner and brings along his passion for community development, which he believes should be everyone’s concern and interest.
“I really enjoy engaging in conversation that involves development and enjoy interacting with people in the communities that I serve, as I get to learn so many things which are especially useful when creating social and economic project plans,” added Molelekwa.
REISA’s Economic Development Programme is focused on empowering and strengthening the local communities in and around the Gamagara area. The aim is to empower and build capacity of targeted communities through the funding of various socio-economic development and enterprise development programmes that positively address local skills gaps and needs, and to empower the communities to be economically independent and take ownership of their future.
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Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
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REISA Local Community Office:
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Block B, Ground Floor,
Office 1, Kameeldoring Business Zone,
Kathu, Northern Cape, 8446
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