The Siyahlomula Pre-School


We have raised over £4500 so far towards the cost of the new pre-school in Swayimane. That's through The Big Give Christmas Challenge and our Wine Tasting Evening at The Sugarloaf Vineyard. Thank-you for your generous support! We're busy applying to various donors for the rest of the funds we will need. We will keep you up to date with our progress and when we can start building.

The Close-Knit Community Tree 2014

Zimele’s latest event is on Mother’s Day, March 30th 2014. A large tree in Abergavenny will be ‘yarn bombed’ to form The Close-Knit Community Tree, celebrating the wonderful people in our lives. It will be a place to celebrate people: friends, family or those we admire, whether they are still with us or not. You can dedicate squares to those who are important to you. Each donation of £5 = 1 square = 1 person to be remembered or celebrated. Businesses can get involved too! From £25 they can sponsor a row of squares. All dedications will be displayed by the tree, in a display in Red Square, and on Zimele’s social media.

The Mayor of Abergavenny, Councillor Sheila Woodhouse, will be ‘opening’ The Close-Knit Community Tree. You can join Zimele at 11am on Mother’s Day, 30th March 2014 for the celebration. The location of the tree will remain a secret until the day. Either join Zimele’s mailing list to find out where it is, or follow the trail from St John’s Square by Abergavenny Post Office on the day.

The squares have been produced in 2 places. In KwaZulu Natal women who are part of Zimele’s Fairtrade craft project have boosted their income by making 500 squares. In Abergavenny and other Welsh communities, supporters have been busy too with the support of The Wool Croft, Abergavenny, and Arts Alive Wales. The squares are made from synthetic wool which is harmless to the tree and surrounding environment. After Zimele takes them down, the squares will be washed and recycled into blankets to be used by Welsh charities. The Close-Knit Community Tree project is part of Zimele’s link between Abergavenny and Swayimane in South Africa, through Wales Africa Community Links, funded by the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   with a list of names for dedication at a cost of £5 per name, and your contact details including your address.