Veeplaas, remedy a community near to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province, is the latest community to sign up to the Heartlines Integrated Community Develoment initiative.
Heartlines and Development Partners have partnered in a process of getting involved with the Veeplaas community in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan.
Poverty is rife in the marginalized communities of the NMB Metro. Veeplaas was identified in research conducted over the last three years as one of the poor communities of the Metro to be targeted for integrated socio-economic development initiatives.
The project aims to make strategic and sustainable development in this community. The project, which is partly sponsored by The African Bank Foundation, will engage the community in finding ways and means of eradicating poverty while strengthening relationships among sector leadership.
On 7 December 2011, a general meeting hosted by Heartlines was held at the Community Hall to introduce the project and to invite sector leaders to volunteer participation in the project process. The meeting was attended by 32 local leaders which included some local ward councilors and civil servants. All present endorsed the idea.
A workshop of a Local Organising Committee (LOC) to be formed from selected volunteers of the various sectors will be held in the third week of February 2012.