Sinethemba means ‘We have hope’ in isiXhosa. Sinethemba is a self-organised grass roots group that has set up a sewing and handicraft cooperative, making products to provide some income for Marikana women, but Covid has hit them hard.
“We are worried as our government is not helping with social relief funds. Food is scarce in our houses, sometimes we go to sleep with our children without anything to eat. We are asking for funds for a stipend for these women even if it’s for 6 months. We are hoping that we can do our job until we sell our stock. We also want to buy some material so that we can keep on working. We are women that always fight Gender Based Violence and have been making some workshops to equip our communities with knowledge.
We need a computer so that we can be able to talk to you anytime and so that you can be able to see us when you want...We want this Unity to be stable until death do us part, because we have a history and a memory of our Mine Workers that were killed by Police and our own Government.
Please help us, our hopes are with you...We hope to meet one day and tell you our Stories. Hoping that our plea will be taken into consideration. "