Back to their roots

New initiative will help Mangaung people

Members of the Thabo Community Action Trust
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More than 70 people attended the launch of a community initiative driven by the Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) and powered by The Culture Corporation in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality. The newly launched ROOTS Traders Club and Youth Road Shows will aim to help equip the communities of Thaba’Nchu and Botshabelo with the entrepreneurial knowledge and mentorship needed to achieve a prosperous future.

“Think once, think twice, then...think again!” This was the message for the evening. The ROOTS initiatives signify the start of social positive change from grass roots level in the Thaba’Nchu and Botshabelo areas.

Yasheen Sookdeo, chairperson of the Thabo Community Action Trust, said: “The launch event epitomises what we hope to achieve, and that is to bring the communities together in the shared vision of economic prosperity through socio-economic upliftment initiatives. This is an exciting time for the Trust and we are on our way to making a lasting difference in these communities.” 

Having gone through a rigorous process of qualifying to be a ROOTS Traders Club member, seven identified club categories (retail, sewing, cleaning, farming, logistics, food and manufacturing) earned loans provided by the TCAT. In a unique lending programme, these members are able to loan money from the pot but are required to pay it back before more money can be lent to other ROOTS Trader Club members. This makes members and their immediate community accountable for their debt.  

For more information or to become a ROOTS Trader Club Member, contact

The ROOTS Youth Road Shows and ROOTS Traders Club are entrepreneurial development initiatives sponsored by the TCAT and powered by The Culture Corporation. For more information about the TCAT, the ROOTS initiatives and The Culture Corporation, visit or


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