KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala launched the Sihle Zikalala Development Trust on April 1 at the Coastlands Hotel in uMhlanga. Through this development trust, which is private initiative, Zikalala aims to bring about long-term social, economic and environmental benefits within the province.
Premier Zikalala saw the need to initiate the trust to create a just society underpinned by strong ethics, social cohesion, democracy and socio-economic development. The Trust does not seek to replace any of the exiting initiatives and processes that are underway within the province to achieve these goals.
Working with strategic partners, the Sihle Zikalala Development Trust will bring about much needed assistance to the indigent and underprivileged through various interventions that include but are not limited to poverty alleviation, anti-social ills programme, anti-women and children abuse and educational programmes.
All efforts and work of the Trust is a display of commitment to transformation of society and socio-economic development, which can be achieved in part but not limited through the following:
- Sectoral engagements e.g. taxi industry
- Communication programmes
- Walk-abouts including door to door visits
- Public lectures
- Round table discussions
- Community meetings
- Presentations to government departments and committees
- Scholarships and Bursary programmes
For the meaningful fulfilment of these objectives, the Trust has to support the various projects and programmes both from a financial and non-financial point of view through the availability and mobilisation of corporate social investment funding. The Trust intends to partner with strategic organisations in bringing about these human-centred initiatives with an aim to empower communities and to ensure the sustainability of the various projects and programmes. For more information www.szdt.co.za