Mthimkhulu Village Centre, launched in 2007, works with marginalized communities. The Centre offers job training and lifelong learning courses and aims to develop the site in an ecologically sustainable manner and build social cohesion across the racial and income divide.
The Mthimkhulu Community Development program strives to develop holistically healthy connected and empowered communities.
Mthimkhulu Community Development helps empower communities in the Overberg and other rural areas in a just, sustainable and holistic way.
We do this by providing services, primarily aimed at women, children, youth and the elderly, that addresses:
- Health: for the body, mind, heart and soul
- Learning: school/ school support for kids and skills (life and career skills)for adults
- Connecting: networks and events within and between communities and the world
The property of Mthimkhulu is being developed to be ecologically sustainable, according to the needs and expectations of all stakeholders while encouraging community participation, developing commercial activities to generate an income for the Estate and Programmes and ensuring a safe learning environment
Various technologies and alternative materials are used at the Village to show case ecological sustainability. Partnerships have been formed with Department of Science and Technology and CSIR to build five building, two of which will utilize alternative materials. Solar power, water catchment tanks and a proactive policy of recycling have been implemented. A borehole was recently installed by the Eskom Development Foundation.
CD Programme aims to build the capacity of the marginalised community members in the Overberg District to participate in self-reliant community development efforts in order to have sustainable livelihoods.This is mainly done through the Change Agent Training Programme that particularly focuses to promote women’s leadership. The CD Programme has been running since 2003 (currently operating from the Mthimkhulu Village Centre in Kleinmond) and to date more than 200 community members have gone though the Change Agent Training Programme.CD Programme is currently active within the Overstrand & Theewaterskloof Municipalities – both part of the broader Overberg District Municipality – and is looking at expanding to other surrounding areas. The Programme currently delivers services within informal settlement of Zwelihle, Mount Pleasant, Hawston, Hangklip-Kleinmond (Overhills & Proteadorp) & Caledon (Uitsig & Side Saviwa).