It was in Alexandra that Afrika Tikkun’s first interventions developed into something more solid, with a better foundation. The need for a child and youth centre became apparent when hundreds of children began to visit the elderly centre in search of a meal and a place to get off the streets. In 2006, the medical, old age facility and student facility – the first of its kind in the township – was opened… a dream started by Linda Twala. Today the 1 600m² two storey Ronnie and Rhona Lubner Child and Youth Centre stands out like a beacon of hope in the heart of the township. The Centre is equipped to enable the effective implementation of Afrika Tikkun’s Cradle to Career Model.
Funding for the project was provided by businessman Ronnie Lubner and his wife Rhona, the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund, the Gauteng Department of Social Development, and the international Belron Group – the world’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement business. Other sponsors – from large corporates to schools – assisted in equipping the facility with everything from computers and internet connectivity to toys.
MEET PATRICIA MOLOI
Patricia Ledwaba was born and bred in Alexandra Township. She manages a staff of 39 — the majority of whom are local Alex residents too. Patricia began her career at Afrika Tikkun as an assistant social worker; and has progressed to becoming the manager of Phuthaditjaba Centre. She is very passionate about community development. After completing her degree in Social Science (UNISA), she found work at the Family and Marriage Society of SA (Family Life Centre), where she did community development work and different forms of counselling.
Patricia joined Afrika Tikkun in 2006 as a Senior Social Worker. She grabbed learning opportunities that were presented to her by Afrika Tikkun. As a result of these opportunities, she was promoted to the position of General Manager in Alexandra. Patricia enjoys the challenges that come with her job, knowing that she gets all the support she needs from the Afrika Tikkun management and colleagues.
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