Mqanduli

Mqanduli Community Advice office is a registered NPO established in March 1996 to address the needs of their community. The office is located in Mqanduli a small village 39km from Mthatha and 233 km from East London. The advice office was established out a need to empower communities to know and fight for their rights post democracy. The legacy of the former homeland system and the patriarchal way of doing things were still haunting members of their community which led to lack of transformation and gross human rights violations. The main objective of the organization is to cultivate a human rights culture, sensitivity to gender based violence, create awareness around the issues of HIV/AIDS and access to justice through working with chapter 9 institutions and other partners. Mqanduli is also involved in the establishment of community projects aimed at poverty alleviation, and lobbying and advocacy issues within their community. The office was first funded by SCAT in 2008. They have received funding support over the years from RULAC, Foundation for Human Rights and the US Embassy.

List of Committee members

Mqanduli is governed by a management committee of 7 members drawn from their community. It consists of a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Deputy Secretary and 2 additional members.

The staff compliment on the other hand is made up of 3 members and a Volunteer. Mr. Clarence Xiniwe is the Project Coordinator assisted by a Field worker and an Administrator.

Main activities of the LDA

The main actives of the advice office are:

  • Promoting access to justice through working with chapter 9 institutions and other partners
  • Lobbying and advocate against human rights violation in our communities.
  • Implementing programs that sensitize communities about gender based violence.
  • HIV/aids awareness programs in the community.
  • Ex mine workers support programs.
  • To assist with in the establishment of community projects for poverty alleviation.

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Below are some of the highlights and achievements of the organization:

  • Played a key role in ensuring that wives of mine workers who died in Marikana massacre receive their pension and any monies due to them.  
  • Assisted many children and families who were denied the right to have access to the child support grants due to being unable to produce birth certificates either because their parents were untraceable or had passed on.
  • Held human rights education campaigns reaching more than 500 community members
  • Dealt with 1400 paralegal cases in 2015