Projects supported by MAGI - 2015-6

MAGI supports a wide variety of community-based organisations working at local level in all provinces of South Africa. These organisations work across a number of focal areas, including building social cohesion, local economic development, local service delivery and access to justice. The following is a short video introduction to our work, and a selection of grantees who have been supported by MAGI in 2015 and 2016.

Organisation: Cala University Students Association (CALUSA)
Province: Eastern Cape
Funding amount: R250,000
Their work:
CALUSA’s programme is implemented in the Sakhisizwe and Emalahleni local municipalities in the Eastern Cape. These areas have a high percentage of land transfers owing to land reform, but the conditions of farm workers and dwellers remain poor, leaving them particularly vulnerable to abuses of their rights. CALUSA is working to organise and raise the voice of farm dwellers in Beestekraal, and to see local leaders being democratically elected.

Organisation: Qholaqhwe Advice Centre
Province: Free State
Funding amount: R150,000
Their work:
Qholaqhwe Advice Centre acts as a hub advice office in Thabo Mofutsanyane District, working to support other offices in the district and improve networking in the sector by advocating for access to justice in their operational areas. They offer paralegal services to the community, and also work to build social cohesion, strengthen community structures, monitor local service delivery, and support education and training in the community.

Organisation: Mamadi Advice Office
Province: Limpopo
Funding amount: R60,000
Their work:
Mamadi Advice Office works to provide support in dealing with GBV on farms, and address illegal deductions from grant payments within the villages of Taaibosch.

Organisation: Sandveld Local Development Agency (SALDA)
Province: Western Cape
Funding amount: R250,000
Their work:
Cedarberg Municipality is an area on the west coast of the Western Cape, a rural area with high unemployment and few opportunities for residents. Many residents don’t know their rights, and service delivery is an ongoing challenge. SALDA works to address a lack of community response and initiatives focusing on accessing services and knowing their rights. SALDA’s programme includes community development services and interventions that aim to uplift the community, and rural women in particular. They offer free paralegal services to the community as well as capacity building and community education and awareness.

Organisation: Masifunde Education and Development Project Trust
Province: Eastern Cape
Funding amount: R250,000
Their work:
Masifunde is supported by MAGI to promote agro-ecology production to address hunger and poverty, and organise women, young people and the elderly to enable them to access land and advance women’s struggles for socio-economic and political emancipation. Their work seeks to promote greater public visibility and voice of rural youth and young rural women through building consciousness, as well as influencing public policy for social transformation in favour of young people.

Organisation: Integrated Victim Support Centre (IVSC)
Province: Limpopo
Funding amount: R50,000
Their work:
IVSC is based in Fetakgomo Municipality, where the majority of the inhabitants face marginalisation and struggle to access the rights afforded to them. Women and children are particularly vulnerable. The main aim is to ensure that victims who cannot function independently receive adequate care and support in their homes, as well as providing care and support to survivors of crime and violence, and contributing to creating jobs for unemployed people and those in extreme poverty. IVSC works through counselling services, economic empowerment, early intervention, prevention, home visits and care and support to respond to these issues. The MAGI-funded project aims to raise awareness around domestic violence and the law, and encourage and promote victim support systems that reflect the needs and value of the victimised community..

Organisation: Rural People’s Movement (RPM)
Province: Eastern Cape
Funding amount: R190,000
Their work:
MAGI funds the Rural People’s Movement to organise, mobilise and support small-scale producers and livestock owners on agro-ecology practices. RPM provides support to current farmers to explore experimental practices to increase food production, and also work to mobilise and support land claimants, landless persons, small-scale farmers, farm dwellers and farm workers towards strengthening their voice with a view to the acquisition of land. RPM is working towards building a national independent farmers movement.

Organisation: Interchurch Local Development Agency (ILDA)
Province: Eastern Cape
Funding amount: R250,000
Their work:
ILDA works to address the vulnerability and lack of voice of farm workers and dwellers in Sundays River Valley Municipality, Eastern Cape. Legislation that protects their rights is ignored by employers, and they often face dismissal and eviction without due procedure. Women are particularly marginalised, and many do not know their rights within marriage. ILDA seeks to support marginalised people in strategising to overcome infringements of rights, strengthen their collective voice, build healthy relationships between farm owners and farm workers, improve socio-economic livelihoods, and promote women’s self-reliance.

Organisation: Bloodriver Advice Office
Province: Limpopo
Funding amount: R100,000
Their work:
Bloodriver AO is based in Bloodriver Village, near Polokwane. They raise awareness of human rights and ensure access to justice for people in their community. Under the current MAGI grant, they are being supported to begin to incorporate LGBTI rights into their work on gender-based violence, and they have started to build relationships with LGBTI community members as a result.

Organisation: Strydenburg Future Leaders Organisation
Province: Northern Cape
Funding amount: R220,000
Their work: Strydenburg is situating in Pixley Ka Seme District in the Northern Cape, about 173km from Kimberley. They intend to educate and train farmworkers, workers employed in other industries and the surrounding communities on issues pertaining to socio- economic rights, labour rights, human rights, women’s rights, and the rights of children.

Organisation: Centre for Research and Development
Province: Limpopo
Funding amount: R125,000
Their work:
Centre for Research and Development is a non-partisan organisation that aims at working with individuals, communities and stakeholders in human rights education and legal service provision. They are funded by MAGI to promote farmworker rights through labour law workshops and engagement of relevant stakeholders. As part of this, they are also working towards improving the relationship between farmworkers and their employers in the area.

Organisation: Flagstaff Advice Office
Province: Eastern Cape
Funding amount: R120,000
Their work:
Flagstaff AO was established to facilitate access to justice, social services, promoting peace and justice in poor and marginalised communities in rural areas of Flagstaff at Ingquza Hill Local Municipality, O.R.Tambo District Municipality. With MAGI’s funding, they are working to introduce human rights awareness programmes to key stakeholders, and raise awareness about human rights in their community. In particular, they are addressing how society treats rape survivors and other survivors of human rights abuses.

Organisation: #WeGirls
Province: Mpumalanga
Funding amount: R20,000 in seed funding
Their work:
#WeGirls is a newly-formed community-based organisation working in Spring Valley, eMalahleni. A group of young and committed women, they are using seed funding from MAGI to begin to develop their organisation and increase their support in the community. In the longer term, they hope to mobilise young women in Spring Valley to engage actively with local government.

Organisation: People First Foundation
Province: Western Cape
Funding amount: R180,000
Their work:
This project builds the capacity of the leaders of non-profit organisations (NPOs) to strengthen their organisations to deliver high quality and sustainable services. They are targeting rural communities in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape with capacity development opportunities to strengthen NPO leadership at local level.