This past weekend marked a special milestone in the Ranyaka journey – and the unfolding story of Nedbank’s Proud of my Town programme. Thank you to the community of Kanyamazane, Nelspruit in Mpumalanga for welcoming the Ranyaka team into your midst!

A group of 80 residents and representatives from local NGOs, NPOs, churches, businesses, schools, the municipality and local government gathered for our first stakeholder workshop to map local challenges, roleplayers and resources.

This workshop is only the first step in the process to develop a transformation strategy for the area – a process that will include local residents and stakeholders every step of the way.

Collaboration and active citizenry are key to the way we work. We do not duplicate the work of any NGO. In every area where we are implementing the Proud of my Town programme, we meet the heroes who are already there – and we would love to connect even further with the local change agents and heroes who are already working in Kanyamazane.

Kanyamazane is the first of five new nodes where Ranyaka will be rolling out the Proud of my Town programme this year. By the end of 2019, we will be working in 8 towns in 6 provinces across South Africa.

Residents and other stakeholders in Kanyamazane, as well as organisations and businesses working and investing in the area who would like to be invited to the follow-up meeting or who would be interested in collaborating, please contact us at

We look forward to the journey ahead with Kanyamazane!