Vukani Traditional Centre
Mama Thokozile Ndlovu was the acting chief of Ofafa village in Ixopo for 25 years. During her tenure, she was responsible for overseeing all community members’ affairs, but the lack of employment opportunities in rural communities inspired her to start her self-help project. Vukani Traditional Centre lies on an area of 6 500 hectares, which covers 11 schools.
Her primary goal is to empower women in her community and make sure that the children have access to education so that her village can rise from poverty and become self-efficient. Her centre includes a piggery, and poultry farm, and she produces crops throughout the year, so she can supply pork, chicken, and fresh vegetables to the local community and school feeding schemes.