Through the joyful and transformational power of music, the Field Band Foundation (FBF) aims to prepare self-confident youth to contribute to society in meaningful ways. The combination of our advantageous presence and platform which engage over 6000 youth in over 23 communities and the current unemployment rate, presents a unique opportunity to affect change at the grassroots level.
The local employment initiative is not a novice component of our work at FBF. Our approach to community capacity building is multi-pronged; targeting both band members and the community at large. On one hand, initiatives such as the Tutor in Training (TiT) programme aims to capacitate band members from local communities to enhance their prospects of furthering their self-development and professional growth through grooming and mentoring them into leadership roles. In addition to this, it is enforced common practice within the FBF to employ the Social Officers (SO) from the communities themselves. This both augments employment opportunities in the communities and provides better support for the band members through Social Officers with deeper understanding of their needs. The TiT programme has served over 6500 members for over two decades and 100% of the currently employed Social Officers are from the communities they work in. The stories from the beneficiaries have been overwhelmingly inspirational.
Meet Teboho who has been kind enough to share his story.
Teboho Matshaya, the newly appointed SO at Ponahalo De Beers Kroonstad Field Band. Born and bred in Kroonstad, Teboho began his education at Phuleng School, went to Phomolong Public School and completed his Matric at Dr Reginald Cingo Comprehensive School. With a Bachelors Commerce majoring in Business Management and Economics from the Central University of Technology, he has volunteered at Social Development where he managed a Luncheon Club. His path then took him to Sanlam, Assupol, AVBOB and South African Post Office prior to becoming a Social Officer with the Field Band. Teboho loves his work with the Field Band as he is able to improve his community through the joys of music and dance.
He joined the Kroonstad team in February 2019 and is already engaging with and finding ways to improve their Social well-being for the band members.
Teboho facilitating a HIV/Aids session at Phomolong Public School
Rewarding good behavior and participation