Thuso (Pampierstad)

Thuso Advice office is a registered Non-Profit organisation established in 1993 based on Pampierstad approximately 70 km from Kimberly, Northern Cape. The main objective of this organisation is to educate disadvantaged members of their community about their rights, to address issues of poverty and unemployment within their community, deal with labour issues affective mainly farm workers in their area and deal with issues of women and child abuse within their community. Currently they are the only advice office in Pampierstad with the nearest advice office in Kimberly. Two of the flagship projects are a feeding scheme for the elderly within the community and a very successful communal food gardens project. The produce from the food garden is used in the feeding scheme and a means of income generation for the youth volunteering in the project. Thuso is one of the longest funded LDAs with potential to become an established organisation. However in the last few years Thuso has struggled to raise adequate funding and solely relied on SCAT for their continued operation. One other challenge is to find a suitable office space for their work. As at the last field visit they had identified office space within an office block adjoin the local shopping complex.

Governance and management

Thuso is a registered NPO led by a committee of 8 members made up a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Treasurer and 2 additional members.

The staff complement is made up of 4 members with Mr Michael Besent as Project manager assisted by an office administrator, and 2 Volunteers.  

Main activities of the LDA

The main activities of the organisation are

  • Access to justice mainly for the farm workers in neighbouring farms and other members of the community
  • Sustainable livelihoods in the form of food security project in their community.
  • Feeding scheme for the elderly in their community, conducted on a monthly basis
  • HIV/Aids awareness program through workshops in the community
  • Voter education program aimed at creating awareness around the process and importance of voter participation.

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Highlights and achievements of the organisation:

  • The organisation played a key role in the fight against xenophobia in their community during the height of attacks against foreigners in their community in 2014 by acting as a mediator between the parties concerned.
  • Offered Para legal services to more than 600 members of the community and were able to save or recoup R65 000 in lost wages for 18 farm workers who were unfairly dismissed
  • Provides meals to at least 50 elderly members of their community
  • Created an income generating opportunity for 15 young people through their communal food gardens project