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Stellenbosch Magazine

||e’Bosch Stories of Hope||

Change driver Asiphe does her bit for the hungry

When the Covid-19 pandemic reared its ugly head in Stellenbosch, Asiphe Sips Makhumalo Cosa, owner of Just Sip Mo Plumbing & Projects and a community youth developer at Kuyasa Horizon Empowerment in Kayamandi, was suitably equipped to assist in the biggest food drive ever to be held in Stellenbosch.

As she is used to planning, organising and managing projects as well as liaising with other community organisations, she was in a perfect position to assist in distributing food to the hungry in her community.

Working with Stellenbosch Unite, a collaboration between Stellenbosch Municipality, Stellenbosch University, SCAN, a conglomeration of welfare organisations, donors and the private sector which distributed food parcels through the length and breadth of the municipal area, she supervised volunteers and organised venues in Kayamandi, from where the food was to be distributed.

Known in the community as a go-to person, Asiphe made sure the people that qualified for food aid, received their share. She and other youths processed and distributed more than 700 parcels at a time. What she thought would last for one month, became six months.

Eventually with the help of Ranyaka, a community organisation and Stellenbosch Unite, we were able to distribute vouchers to qualified recipients in August. These vouchers could be exchanged for gift cards at Checkers and Shoprite. Later they were distributed to the beneficiaries through the medium of SMS. The vouchers were especially welcome as they could be exchanged for buying electricity as well, which was necessary in order to cook the staples in the food parcels,” Asiphe explained.

She feels proud about her participation in this food drive. “I am a change driver and I feel I have made a difference in getting food to everyone in need. I can walk with confidence, as evidence that the youth have taken the lead.”

As community leader, she still supports the needy and is extremely worried about the high rate of unemployment in her “dorpie”.

”I’ve learnt a lot about being a social entrepreneur during this pandemic, and how to use my leadership experience. I have grown a lot as well, and am is grateful to the community, ward councillors and all the volunteers who have been courageous and supportive during our food drive.”

Photo: Francois Lombard
Story: Elsabe Retief, Director of e’Bosch Heritage Project

In the picture with Asiphe: Roy van Rooyen, e’Bosch Heritage Project and Councillor Ester Groenewald

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