CART Sicambeni

CART Sicambeni

The project is based in the Transkei region and this was the first of four territories declared independent for ‘separate development’ during apartheid, leaving it diplomatically isolated and internationally unrecognised. It was a one party state that was politically unstable and it even broke relations with South Africa at one time so leaving a legacy of little or no development in the region.

The evolution from a neo-colonial dependence mindset and the lack of investment over time has left many members of the community disempowered with a fatalistic approach to life resulting in heavy dependence on the monthly governmental grant system (paid virtually all members of the community) to purchase food and clothing to live a basic life. This mindset within the population is seen as the root cause of poverty. There is an abundance of land and water (if managed properly) for most people but despite this the majority of the community rely on the grant to buy basic foods such as fruit, vegetables and rice.

Sicambeni has a population of approximately 2500 people with a high rate of unemployment (90%) along with a high rate of HIV/AIDS infection. The community members heavily depend on the government grant system for food and clothing just to live a basic life. Many of the traditional customs and practices remain to some degree or other in this region, including common gender related issues in sub-Saharan Africa and power relations that have been shaped in some part by a neo-colonial dependent mindset and religious practice.

Its Mission

CART’s mission is to tackle the fatalistic attitude to life which predominates in the rural community by empowering. By empowering individuals and communities to lead a more independent and sustainable life whilst maintaining links with traditional culture and customs. Capacity building and social capital has greatly increased in many areas in Sicambeni since the project started over three years ago.

The project aims to be an exemplar for sustainable living as a way of reducing poverty and stimulating greater independence in the indigenous population from government and municipal functions. It aims be a centre of excellence to its local community and communities the world over.

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