Rural Economic Development
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  Riebs Khoza, General Secretary Sandford Community Trust  
  Riebs Khoza represents the Sandford community of 1,600 households in the Hazyview area. The Business Trust designed the Maruleng and Bushbuckridge Economic Development Initiative (Mabedi) to assist communities like Sandford to secure investment, acquire skills and develop their newly acquired property.

The programme has helped to raise R1,5bn in investment for the area and created over 4,600 jobs. Mabedi was a partnership between the Business Trust and the Department of Co-Operative Governance.
Name Maruleng and Bushbuckridge Economic Development Initiative (Mabedi)
Strategic Partner The Department of Cooperative Governance.
Period Jan 2006 – Dec 2010
Budget R35million
Purpose To pilot a market-based enterprise development approach to local economic development in one of South Africa’s poverty nodes in Maruleng and Bushbuckridge.
  • R1,5billion in investment secured
  • 200 small scale farmers supported to improve productivity and turnover
  • 5,000 jobs secured or created
  • 16 partnerships established
      To learn more about the Business Trust’s Maruleng and Bushbuckridge Economic Development Initiative, click here
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