South Africa:Melida Matsi


Date: June 13, 2019
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I am a married woman to Michael Matsi blessed with daughter and two sons and three grandchildren. I passed grade 12 Phiri Kolobe high schools, Diploma in computer literacy graduates in Business and basic financial management, governance and SMME Development level 5 at University of South Africa. I have certificate of personnel management with PP with SALTIG College the following modules, introduction personnel management, operational management, business like start preschool/ crèche training, financial, marketing management and customer care. Certification from Hlanganisa institution development as a trainer of training Gender, Gender based violence and disability. My first leadership role was at the age of 29 yrs. Three pensioners in my community were complaining about their pension fund and I took them to the legislature to solve their problems. Mrs Mokgopo’s fingerprints did not appear in the ID document, I went along with them at the Dept. of Home Affairs and used her leg thumb, and now she has an ID document. A vulnerable child at our DIC, of only 9 years of age came to me asking if I would employ his mother as his mother would disappear for month’s at times selling vegetables at as well- known trafficking area in town. I was able to find a position for the child’s mother and she is now an important asset to our organisation. One-day three children came into my office, two boys and one girl-crying saying they wanted to go school and had no food. I looked into the matter and found out that their mother had abandoned them. She was once married and when she left their stepfather, she came to our village and left the kids in an RDP house. I went to Sebayeng Primary to enrol them.

Objectives

To promote equality for both women and men, including youth, elderly and people living with disabilities. To promote equality in terms of training, allowing women to acquire skills and be independent. To see women achieving greater things in life and uplifting the standard of living for all in our country. To continue to make sure that the community collaborates with the departments all Departments. To ensure that community is educated on social issues and forming social support groups to face these issues. My vision is to strengthening accountability and promoting good governance, education sustainable growth and development of community

Key activities

Capacity building – develop and strengthening the skills and resources that organisation community needs to survive. Education that educates both men and women in our community so that they can recognize abuse (physical, economic. Physiological. Sexual etc.) Recognizing abuse, human rights and reproduce rights. Decrease Promote sexual health; reduce intimate partners by having a workshop educating women and girls on Gender Based Violence and targeting elderly men and women by doing awareness campaigns. Number of Teenage pregnancy and infection of diseases by having an awareness on sexual, reproductive rights and sexual health education. Women being able to break the silence on violent experiences in their intimate relationships. Increase knowledge on Gender Base Violence and the causes on how to address the issue. Monitoring and promoting equality and the eradication of poverty. Assist with the transformation of the legal sector. Support programmes that the address violence against women, children, the elderly and disabled Opportunities for youth children to improve school education. Training and supporting peer educators and community health workers. Use of computers to give extra lessons to children in the organisation (Information Technology).  Youth camps mentorships – training workshops on healthy sexual relationships and improvement of psychosocial well-being for young women and girls around the community. Assist participants to reflect on the impact social norms have on gender based violence. Lack of adequate skills and comfort level in using computers. Organisation records are not always dependable .One key challenge is the stake of those who record the data. Recreational sport activities engaging children to develop into their skills and lead to a healthy fit individuals and House support visits as monitoring Promotion for health talks education for community in deed

Key challenges

There this a very high rate of poverty in our community with 80% of households relying on government grants. Therefore, there are a large number of people in need of assistance; we often struggle with funding to assist all these people. It is too challenging to have enough capital or funding to provide the unemployed with skills development programmes. The literacy rate in Sebayeng is very low; we have found that many people are ignorant when it comes to health awareness and education.

Our greenery activity that employs many people in the community. This project faces challenges when it comes to access to water and having enough land to cultivate. Ignorance of community members on awareness and gender based violence education or rights. Poverty and inequality; Discrimination and HIV&AIDS; Land reform and tenure rights; Food security; Violence against women and women and children; Enhancing the capacity of civil society to participate meaningfully in governance; Racism and xenophobia; Rights of the elderly, disabled, children and women; rights of prisoners particularly juveniles; Rights of refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, Access to justice by the poor. Lack of funding, Lack of recreational facilities. Temporary Shelter for homeless victims

Results

Change at the individual level

As a leader, I managed to change the lives of many people by creating jobs and opportunities in the community, supported people through school to complete their certificates. Men now work at the bakery and do some cooking. That is one of the things that have changed in gender equality in the community. Back in the days we knew that the most gardening was done by men, I taught women how to take care of the garden. In fact, in the organisation, both men and women can do any specific job. During our meetings, we let everybody raise their opinions.

Evidence of change at the individual level

I Khomotso Mothapo started working at Tiangmaatla since 17th May 2016. I had grade 12 and computer literacy that I did it but I never worked anywhere so. I came to Tiangmaatla they appointed me as a data capture I worked and I managed to go .Trainings and am able to do filling and help beneficiaries to sign attendance register ,stipend register I now have knowledge of how to register, capture, amend and generate via online for  UIF, COIDA, SARS. CSD.  Am able to retrieve the reports and write UIF claims for beneficiaries and monitoring the compliance of the organisation for community

Change at the household level

I have changed many households especially those that have difficult situations in their homes. I have managed to assist those who had troubles with their South African blue book identity document s and I have given jobs to those who are unemployed and assist those who did not have any type of income by helping them applying for social grants. I am so passionate and well driven. I do not want to see people from my community suffering where else I can stand up and make a change in their lives. I do HIV campaigns and community member get tested

Evidence of change at the household level

I have changed a girl’s life named Maria Talakgale from our community. She came at my organisation looking for a job, she has no parents. She had no money for food or clothes and now she is working at Tiangmaatla and she is one of the best data captures. “I came to Mrs Matsi looking for a job, I told her my situation and as understanding as she is, she took me in and gave me job. I am now working and earning a stipend at the end of every month. ‘I can now take care of myself.

Change at institutional level

I Lekota Leshole Jimmy started working at Tiangmaatla Multipurpose Centre as dated 23 January 2017 as a finance admin to acquire my National Diploma in Financial Management. I had develop strong confidence, which I believe it was usable at the organisation. Then I was promoted to be the finance manager for Youth Development unit in 2018 which I had learned more of finance division. and I went extra mile in discharging any task given to me, I was granted the opportunity to undergo an emerging entrepreneurship presentation same year I manage to excel through Mrs. Matsi M.M guidance, wonderful personality characteristics by positive energy and attitude of reachable spirit and well mannerism suitable for a professional environment. I will like to thank Tiangmaatla Multipurpose Centre Organisation for granting me this opportunity.

I Mailula Olmah Tsekemi It took me a year to find the Practical to obtain my National Diploma in Human Resource, I was granted an opportunity in January 2019. To further my studies for a 18 months now it has been 6 months at Tiangmaatla Multipurpose Centre as Human resource Administrator in UIF section and I will like to thank Mrs M.M Matsi for offering me this service

Evidence of change at institutional level

I Lekota Leshole Jimmy started working at Tiangmaatla Multipurpose Centre as dated 23 January 2017 as a finance admin to acquire my National Diploma in Financial Management. I had develop strong confidence which I believe it was usable at the organisation, then I was promoted to be the finance manager for Youth Development unit/department in 2018 which I had learned more of finance division and I went extra mile in discharging any task given to me, I was granted the opportunity to undergo an emerging entrepreneurship presentation same year I manage to excel through Mrs.Matsi M.M guidance, wonderful personality characteristics by positive energy and attitude of reachable spirit and well mannerism suitable for a professional environment. I will like to thank Tiangmaatla Multipurpose Centre Organisation for granting me this opportunity.

I Mailula Olmah Tsekemi It took me a year to find the Practical to obtain my National Diploma in Human Resource, I was granted an opportunity in January 2019, to further my studies for a 18 months now it has been 6 months at Tiangmaatla Multipurpose Center as Human resource Administrator in UIF section and I will like to thank Mrs M.M Matsi for offering me this service

Change at a policy level

In our organisation they are no challenges about gender issues but we managed to hire gays and lesbians and it has not given us any problems so far, they are accepted the as they are and the do not discriminate them. We only have minor problems at the community because gays and lesbians are no taken seriously and have no say when it comes to community-based meetings. We strive to make a change how people feel and make them understand that all people are equal. It does happen in not only our village but also neighbouring villages. In our organisation, the employees are very understanding and doing the same jobs as men does not bother them. There are most women than men and we working on bringing in more men in order for the numbers to be also equal

Evidence of change at a policy level

There have been many changes since we raised the issue of gender-based violence. People are treated equal and with respect. They are no standing together as one to fight against gender violence. I managed to get a lesbian to give us her thoughts about how she is being treated at work” I used to work at Tiangmaatla home based care a few years back, the people I worked with treated me with respect and accepted me for who I really am. I worked in different departments and I ended up being a supervisor. During my times as a supervisor, I was well respected and they valued me as their leader. My time with them was very nice and I am proud that my boss gave me a chance and valued me”. As a leader, I could say it is good to see, work and deal with different types of people.

Capacity building

My goal is to not just generating employment in our community but to help them further their learning and training. I organise workshops training for employees in organisation for the beneficiaries in the Centre for the peer educators ,child and youth care givers and socio economic project skills like sewing and fabric printing ,greenery (food security)and manage staff workshops) .

There were 77 Community unemployed youth trained health and safety by Armar ARAMAR institution accredited by HWSETA. Dioka Institution provided an agriculture training for 20 women accredited by HWSETA. Four care workers trained in Re-Engineering with Department of health and foundation t for development. Four care workers trained in Re-Engineering with Department of health and foundation development. 50 employees trained in Public admin with SALTIGE College for a period of a year them still waiting their certificate. The organisation itself has dedicated employees; we have community health workers who are very passionate in helping the community. They do house visits and help their medication. Poultry to teach people on how to take care of the life stock and we are now selling chickens in order to generate income and entrepreneurship skills.

Lessons learned and shared

I learned that working within my community comes with challenges but despite those challenges, the work is very rewarding. It is not easy but I can see the changes I have made in people’s lives. I have become more compassionate and patient. I have learned that you must put others first before yourself, especially the less fortunate. Community work is truly my passion and I strive to create a community that values equality, respect and education. The lessons I have learned, as a leader is you face challenges especially if you are a black woman, there are people who do not believe that woman can make changes in people’s lives. I have also learned that true leadership starts leading with leading yourself. About moving people from one point to another and that UBUNTU makes a good leader and that Gender Based Violence is one of the most common issues in this country. There is still a believe that men should lead women. I have also learned that it is a good thing to take issues based on Gender Based Violence into consideration because some women find it abusive if men discourage, criticism them. We should stand together to fight against Gender Based violence

Next Steps

Want to reach a bigger audience with my leadership skills. I know there are many other people outside of my community that need inspiration and support. I would like to reach out to other nearby communities and teach them what I have learned so they can promote equality in their communities. I also want to expand our youth outreach because if we can educate them early on we will have a society with intelligent and responsible young adult. I want to teach others especially the youth to be great leaders some day and I want them to look up to me and be role models too. I want to create leaders in my community and I want to see the organisation being well known nationwide. In gender-based violence, I want to break the silence of women who get violence and women in disability and girls. I want to build temporary shelters because the women cancel their cases against their partners’ especially domestic violence cases, because they are unemployed. The men take advantage because they are the breadwinner and abuse their partners