Since December 2016 Astrid Gifford and her family are back in Mdumbi/ Mankosi community. This time they are based in the area. Astrid has been volunteering for TransCape since 2006. She is a board member and her main tasks are to coordinate the volunteers and interns of TransCape NPO. She also is responsible for the personal and the smooth day to day running of the organization. Her husband Troy gets involved in sports days and events as well. The three kids Josh, Liam and Luca are being home educated. The plan is to volunteer for TransCape for the next 3 years.
My name is Hyman and I am the chairperson and founder of TransCape. Currently I am working as co-directing manager. I recently obtained my master’s in development studies, with a concentration in local ownership. My focus now is operational systems and how to optimally run NGOs. One of my dreams is to live sustainably and help others achieve a more sustainable lifestyle; I supervise the Mdumbi Eco Centre and provide support to local renewable systems cooperatives.
My name is Zintathu and I am a board member and the project manager for the HIV Counsellor project. At my job I work with different projects as counsellor including, home visits, clinic visits, children support groups, awareness days and school visits. My favourite part of my job is one on one counselling. The impact of helping one person affects many more people…that’s what makes my job very important to me because it is all about making a difference to others.
My name is Masbulele (Jay) Siya and I am a board member and the microfinance and scholarship manager. I also act as the community relations person, as I am part of many organizations in my village. Because I work for TransCape, I can educate people on how to generate their own income and help students towards a brighter future.
My name is Caroline, and I serve as a board member and donor relations person for TransCape. I have been at Canzibe Hospital since 2008, working as a doctor and also implementing several projects for TransCape, such as Nokuphila malnutrition centre, children in need, children support group, and ARV-down referral. I also help supervise the HIV counsellor project.
I’m Nokubonga PitiPiti and I am a teacher at the Mdumbi Preschool. TransCape has helped me pay school fees for my level 5 Early Childhood Development certificate. I love to work with children. My favourite activity is to play games with children, especially sport games and music.
My name is Nolutho and I am the preschool project manager. I also am in charge of networking and supporting other preschools in the area. I’ve been working for TransCape since 2008. Through the scholarship program, I have received my level 5 Early Childhood Development certificate.
My name is Andisiwe and I help with the preschool, afterschool, and the garden. I love taking the children to help in the garden and reading them stories. I want to become a qualified preschool teacher, so TransCape is helping me with my studies.
My name is Sibongile and I do the patient transport for Mankosi community. It is diffucult for the locals to get to a proper health care facility. I am driving those who ungently need medical attention to the closest hospital.
My name is Johann. I am a co-founder of TransCape and owner of Mdumbi Backpackers. I have a diploma in Nature Conservation. I grew up here in the Transkei and can speak Xhosa. I believe that the local Xhosa people here should have a say in how there area and lives develop. I have many local friends. I hope that one day the tourism potential of the area would optimally benefit the Xhosa people living here.