By Nombongo Nxele
The year 2021 marks the 5th anniversary of the establishment of the Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Maqoma Foundation, it is indeed appropriate that we should look back and reminisce about whether we have managed to live up to the principles and values for which it was established. May 28 saw the launch of the on Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Maqoma at the Steve Biko Centre in Qonce.
Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Maqoma was a leader, a patriot and a legend of his time when the foundation was concived it was envisaged that it would reflect and stand for those values which reflect Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Maqoma’s character.
The vision was to enhance the understanding of Maqoma’s critical role in the wars of land disposition and to preserve that legacy as heritage for prosterity, the mission was to foster the agricultural development in rural communities in particular with reference to women, youth and the disable in the fight against poverty and moral degeneration. During the past five years of its existence, the foundation has conducted a number of public annual memorial lectures, dialogues and seminars on Nkosi Jongumsobomvu Maqoma and his times.
The Foundation also played an active supportive role in its community outreach programmes by supporting activities in local schools around Fort Beaufort. The Foundation also played an active supportive role in its community outreach programmes by supporting activities in local schools in an around Fort Beaufort.
Together with the National Development Agency it rolled out a covid-19 awareness programme for a period of six months. During this period it took ten volunteers among young people in Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality as participants with a monthly stipend for each participant. It is currently involved in a multi-million-rand Citrus Development Project in Kat River valley in Fort Beaufort and Tyume River Valley in Alice. Both these areas fall within the jurisdiction of a total of 8 traditional leaders in Fort Beaufort and Alice. The first phase of this project has project has now been finalised with the release last month of a feasibility study report. Phase two of this project which is the implementation stage is ready to take off. The Citrus Development Project is overseen by the Foundation in partnership based on the Memorandum of Agreement with Raymond Mhlaba Municipality with local traditional leaders as beneficiaries.