Theewaterskloof Journey Stories with VPUU!

“The VPUU journey has been a case study for DSD. VPUU has spent time and resources on capacitating the local leadership who will drive the community for years to come. VPUU showed the municipality the importance of working with community to provide services, as government alone can’t do this. The multi-party approach that VPUU brought in was significant, to show that each dept has a role to play and a contribution to make. There is no one step that was easy, there have been challenges, this tells us that we must never despair. The VPUU integrated approach has done something that government usually doesn’t achieve.” Mr Hewu – DSD

Joanna Marzec-Visagie – TWK municipality
Joanna Marzec-Visagie – TWK municipality

“The VPUU programme sometimes made us feel uncomfortable as a municipality and we had to stretch ourselves out of our comfort zones. Just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean we must stop. It is now our job to make sure that the networks established don’t die. We (the municipality) are selling the VPUU vision out there and want to apply it to other areas. We would like to believe that especially our spatial planning would look different, where we will not sit behind our desks and organise how communities should work, but we will put our boots on and actually go and find out how to work in our space and with our communities.” Joanna Marzec-Visagie – TWK municipality

Ashlee and Sizizwe
Ashlee and Siziwe- Fieldworkers

“I learned about how to make my community safe and what the community needs are. I really learned a lot!” Siziwe Gwinya – Fieldworker

“I was unemployed and not in a good space, but since I got involved in VPUU as volunteer I became positive. I started off volunteering eventually became a Fieldworker and still is a Fieldworker.” Ashlee Daniels – Fieldworker

“Since I received SDF support, I went from having a little bag of supplies to having my own equipment as Esther’s Pampering Services. Thanks to the SDF support I also managed to expand my client base in the area. The future is bright and I’m excited.” Maritza Welmans – SDF recipient

Veronique Green- Placemaker
Veronique Green- Placemaker

“I became involved in VPUU as a volunteer and then a Fieldworker on the Baseline Survey. What I learnt through the survey told me a lot about my community. My involvement in VPUU also exposed me to various personal development opportunities like Chrysalis Academy, VPUU Placemaker and the recent radio KC interview. I was so shy before, now I can talk with and in front of groups.” Veronique Green – Placemaker

“My involvement in the VPUU project have opened up doors for myself and my organization. It has also drawn us closer as a community.” Alida Venter – SNAC, LDAC

Kelvin Jacobs- SDF recipient.
Kelvin Jacobs- SDF recipient.

“When I became involved I saw that VPUU was trying to get the community connected. VPUU doesn’t just give you something they teach you, develop you, turn your life around. The SDF changed my life by supporting me with instruments which enables me to provide music lessons to a lot more children. A lot has changed, races have come together, there is a sense of team-work and development. This step would not have happened without VPUU.” Kelvin Jacobs – SDF recipient

“We’ve worked hard on social cohesion, encouraging SDF groups to come together and work together in the community. Some applicants had never filled out a form or written a business proposal before, we arranged workshops to guide and support them. The SDF is not only about giving funds it’s about supporting and increasing the amount of social Entrepreneurs in an area.” Priscilla Erasmus – VPUU SDF Coordinator

Priscilla Erasmus
Priscilla Erasmus

“I couldn’t sit still at home and thought ‘what if I look after children?’. I knew there was a need but didn’t have any experience in looking after children. VPUU helped me do my homework and provide a better service. The SDF support and Unlimited Child training made my dream possible. I try to teach my children that you can’t just get, you must give something back too. The ECD Forum is looking into working with as many child carers as possible, to stimulate as many children as possible.” Rhyna Isaacs – ECD Forum Chair and SDF recipient

“What I have learnt through VPUU groomed me to be a strong leader. VPUU has become my family. We need to look deeper into the future to see what we want, I need the rest of the community to help me to shape the future.” Jenni McKenzie – VPUU Social Crime Prevention

“There is talent and strength in every community that needs to be connected. All the stories I’ve heard here today are proof of this, the local competence is what the town, municipality and country needs.” Chris Giles – VPUU Social Crime Prevention

“I have seen a changed and sustained community approach in Villiersdorp. We’re getting the word out there that the community is ready for more (support).” Wadzanai Madangombe – DEA&DP