Strydenberg Future Leaders Organisation

Strydenburg Future Leaders Organisation (SFLO) is youth development organisation based in Strydenburg a small rural town along the N12 150 km from Kimberly. The organisation was established by 15 youth in the community under the guidance and advice of the Minister of Rural Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini and the provincial Department of Social development. The main objective of the organisation is to address the social ills such as unemployment, HIV/Aids prevalence, high rate if school drop-outs, high levels of substance abuse and crime affecting the youth in the community. Over the years since its establishment SFLO has become a very important stakeholder in the community and has forged relationships with provincial and national government departments,  e.g. National Development Agency (NDA), Department of Social Development (DSD), Public works to name but a few. In 2013 the DJ Murray Foundation gave them funding support towards the refurbishment of an old clinic into an office and equipped it with the state of the art office equipment such as computers, printers and fax machine.

Governance and management

SFLO is a registered NPO led by a committee of 6 members drawn from the community made up a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer and 1 additional member.

The staff complement is made up of 18 members of with one volunteer. Mr Ronald Matjan serves as the Project manager assisted by an office administrator and Driver. The rest of the staff is employed as Field staff in the various projects.  

Main activities of the LDA

The main activities of the organisation are

  • Programs aimed at empowering the Youth in the community deal with issues of HIV/Aids, substance abuse and unemployment.
  • Sustainable livelihoods in the form of food security project in and around the neighbouring communities.
  • Access to services mainly for the youth and other members of the community
  • Youth development projects in the form of skills development programs, youth camps, etc.

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

These are some of the highlights and achievements of the organisation:

  • Successfully implemented a Food security program for at least 100 household in the Pixley-ka- Seme district funded by the National Development Agency (NDA)
  • Rolled out a Chicken Layers to 19 Households through the whole district.
  • More than 30 young people in the community were through the effort of SFLO are furthering their studies post Matric, some in IT, others in Project management field and some in health care.   
  • Worked in partnership with the DPW in the Extended Public Works Projects employing 76 people from the community as school guides, project coordinators and care givers in the project.
  • Successfully completed a fundraising and marketing tour supported by DSD and some of the major companies in the country covering three majors cities Kimberly, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
  • In the process of establishing a fully functioning Advice centre in their offices.