Our vision and mission are
Mngcunube's core business is the design and implementation and monitoring of agriculture and SMME projects in rural areas and support for land reform beneficiaries.
Vision - A socially integrated and economically equitable Southern African rural economy.
Mission - To be the development agency of choice in the design, implementation, management and monitoring of agricultural development, land reform beneficiary support and rural LED interventions.
Mngcunube has been in operation since 1995 (as a cc until 2007 and since then as a Pty Ltd) and has worked at small, medium and large scale mainly in the Free State, Lesotho and the Eastern Cape.
We have a core of mobile key internal support providers, with other personnel being based at current rural development projects.
At November 2008 we have a complement of 18 personnel. Of these five are internal service providers to all projects, 10 are at our Ukhahlamba and Alfred Nzo district livestock and gardens projects and one is at our Mbhashe livestock development project. All these are in the Eastern Cape and in addition we have two personnel engaged with commonage development projects in the Motheo District in the Free State. We have 23 community based workers under training or about to start training.
The key core staff are also engaged in other short term consultancy work with associates and in developing new opportunities and relationships.
Project budgets from 2004 to 2009 are over R 16 million
Our current work involves large scale and long term projects and partnerships with
- Ukhahlamba District Municipality - Elundini livestock/SMME and homestead gardens and SMME *
- Thina Sinako as co-funder of the Elundini livestock work *
- Alfred Nzo District Municipality - livestock and SMME and homestead gardens *
- Commonage development across three towns under Naledi Local Municipality in the Free State
And smaller scale engagements with:
- Senqu Local Municiplaity - business planning for a peach processing facility; co-op development and management strategy/ SMME (June-December 2008)
- Amathole and Mbhashe Municipalities and the Eastern Cape Department of Agriculture: livestock and SMME *
- Alfred Nzo District Municipality: development of a turnaround strategy for Umzimvubu Goats
Our approach and methodology are based on:
- A focus on implementation as the most direct way to fight pverty
- Finding practical and sustainable solutions to problems that reduce the ability of people to build from their existing resources in pursuit of their own development
- Project Identification and Design and Needs Analysis
- Capacity building through a facilitated, mentor based, steady approach to learning
- Building capacity of community based workers as SMME in livestock and garden projects to sustain project services and impact
- Serving individuals rather than groups, except on commonages and, as common sense guides, on some other forms of SMME
- Participants paying for inputs that they personally use
- Strong application of practical M&E
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