Masiphakameni (Humansdorp)

Masiphakameni Local Development Agency is a registered NPO established in 1992 with the aim of helping the community of Humansdorp and surrounding areas with their social needs. Humansdorp is situated approximately 96 km from just off the N2 towards Port Elizabeth.  The overriding aim of the organization was to create self-reliance and promote citizen participation and address gender sensitive issues amongst the poor of the poorest. This was against the backdrop of the apartheid political system that was used to segregate whites, black and colourds resulting in the disempowerment, illiteracy, inequality and isolation of the indigenous communities.  Masiphakameni grows from operating from house to fully established organization, operates as a non-making profit organization, non-partisan, non-government and registered under NPO IN 2006. The organization is led by Management Committee consisting of 7 members drawn from the community. The organization has been involved in the following community developments in Humansdorp and surrounding areas, Community Empowerment Activities, handling community disputes, providing welfare services, assisting with acquiring land for RDP houses, HIV /AIDS prevention, awareness care and support programs and Human Rights advocacy.  They are as well playing a critical role identifying local opportunities for youth entrepreneurship and community mobilization on social issues.   Masiphakameni is also one of the longest funded SCAT partner organizations. They have in the past received funding from the Coega Municipality, Foundation for Human Rights and RULAC.

List of Committee member

Masiphakameni is governed and managed by a management committee of 7 members made up of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Treasurer and 2 additional members. The staff compliments consist of the Project Coordinator, a Paralegal and 2 Volunteers.

Main activities of the LDA

Below are the main activities of the organization:

  • Community awareness program with respect to Farm workers’ Rights,  Asylum Seekers and  Domestic  workers
  • Gender mainstream programs
  • Paralegal services to members of their community and surrounding areas.   
  • Networking and mobilization with stakeholders Forum
  • School Holiday Program for schools on their community

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Below are some of the major achievements of the organisation:

  • A vibrant Farm workers’ rights project involving key stakeholders such as the Department of Labour,  the CCMA and the local Ward Councillor.  The project as well involves engagement with the local farmers in order to have a shared understanding of the challenges faced by all parties concerned.
  • The organization is part of Rapid Response Resolution Project (RRRP) program driven by SAPS AND PCRD to identify homes for crime prevention in our areas.  
  • One of our clients was rewarded an amount of R 92 600 after the intervention of the office for being unfairly dismissed
  • Hosted by kwa-Nomzamo women Manyano which helped raise R800 from the local Somalie shop owners, and donations of 30 blankets and 30 printed cups which were distributed to 30 old aged women in the community.