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Tsholofelo Community became involved with squatters in the 1980’s. Samuel Motlhabane and his family built a tin shack on an empty farm adjoining St Joseph’s Mission, Phokeng. After a few years, Samuel realized in a true entrepreneurial spirit,that he could make easy money selling plots to other homeless people ,on the same empty farm, which did not belong to him! Within a few months a squatter camp of hundreds of families had mushroomed on our door step. We got to know these people very well and helped them to relocate to Boitekong in 1992 to a new formal settlement allocated by the Rustenburg Municipality. Here, each family was allocated a toilet and a water tap and rebuilt their tin shacks there. Some time later they came back to to request us to help them to set up a clinic and a school.

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Sr Georgina set up a clinic in a tin shack in 1993. After 5 years of working at Boitekong, the government built a clinic and so at that time Sr Georgina felt that she should move on to help other people in need, and so chose to go to Freedom Park. Bro Joseph helped in the setting up of 3 primary schools as well an Adult Education Centre that came to be known as Tsholofelo Community College, where education with production i.e. skills such as welding, electricity, carpentry, computer, catering, sewing were offered. This college has been handed over to the department of Education recently and hopefully will continue with the same vision.

When Sr Georgina left Boitekong, her old clinic was handed over to people with disabilities. It became known as Kopanang care centre. Bro Joseph has continued to support this project in areas of management, financing, registration. In this centre there is a crèche for children who come from families who are vulnerable or handicapped, there is skills training for income generating ,such pottery, sewing, arts and crafts and shoe repairs and adult basic education for the handicapped. Some of the local people have been trained to run this project.

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Brother Alfred conducts carpentry and furniture making at this centre. Classes are held twice a week and there are 15 unemployed women and men who attend his classes. They sell what they make to generate a small income for themselves.