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Muslim Community Moots R30 Million Development for Galeshewe

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Following a 12 year battle in getting its plans off the ground in the establishment of the first of its kind in a South African black township, the Galeshewe Muslim Association is optimistic that the brick and mortar dawn in the construction of the 30-million-rand Galeshewe Islamic Centre is upon them.

Chairperson of the Galeshewe Muslim Association Aslam Tawana points out that there has been progress of late in interactions with the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality amid unresponsiveness over many years.

Tawana cited benefits for the community at large with in all residents set to be permitted in exploiting free services to be offered through the centre.

“Yes, the medical centre will be entirely for free screenings, meaning community members will undertake check-ups for free. We will also have a community hall also to be used by all community members and we will offer a skills empowerment programmes through the Community Skills Centre,” enthused Tawana.

Also envisaged as other key features of the centre are a Masjidu Bilal and a Kimberley Darul-Uloom where Imaams and Shaykhs are to be trained at.

The area in Galeshewe targeted for this massive development is in the vicinity of the RC Elliott hall which is a stone throw from the Galeshewe Plaza.

By Thabo Mothibi /

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Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).

One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.

As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.

Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.

Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..