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Community Development and Libraries

​​Community Development

About us

The Community Development section is responsible for poverty alleviation initiatives within the Drakenstein Municipal area, including the food and nutrition programme, skills development and empowerment. The main focus is on vulnerable groups, including youth, gender, the elderly and disabled and sectoral development including Early Childhood Development, Street People and the establishment of Local Drug Action Committees. This is achieved through the promotion of social support networks and support of communal livelihood strategies and the building of social and human capital to promote developmental Local Government through integrated partnerships, as prescribed by the objects Local Government (Constitution 1996, Chapter 4 & 5).  

The section is also responsible for the establishment and management of halls and Thusong centres in the Drakenstein municipal area. The Thusong centers are regulated through the National development plan and articulates the vision of bringing government (services) to the people. Thusongs are guided by the 6 block development model and focuses Local Economic Development, Social Development, the development of Sports, Arts and Culture and Business development as well as the building of social and human capital.

The hall facilities provide communities with the opportunity to reach their development goals contained within the White Paper on Local Government (1998).  It also contributes to social cohesion and social capital and allows communities to achieve the development goals and allows local government to provide sustainable and equitable services.

Vision, Mission and Value statements

The section aligns itself with vision statement of the municipality of viewing the Drakenstein municipality as a “Place of Excellence.”  The principles that the section aspires to are contained in the projects and various initiatives of the section, which focus on poverty alleviation, skills development and job creation. These initiatives have all been in line with developmental local government, resource optimization through partnerships and the participation of local communities.

The principles are underpinned by developmental principles such as, integration, a pro-poor agenda, partnerships, gender bias, participation, labour intensive job creation and the implementation of equitable and sustainable livelihood projects.

The section also aspires to the promotion of social cohesion within the context of providing service excellence at the halls and Thusongs. The section has managed these facilities from the design, planning and construction phase up to the embedding of the facilities within communities to promote social cohesion.




The most recent project was the Drakenstein Youth Summit, where 700 youth participated over a period of 2 days, focussing on the challenges that youth currently face, including unemployment, skills development, jo creation, substance abuse, teenage pregnancies, gender-based violence and the summit had a special focus on unemployed youth, not in education or training. The summit was also supported by various government, non-governmental organisations and stakeholders with the aim of partnerships and collaboration on the critical areas of youth development.


The section facilitated the 16 days of action non-violence against women and children. Approximately 300 women attended various workshops of empowerment focussing on gender based violence and victim empowerment. The various workshops was organised by the Gender forum and facilitated by the various government and non-government stakeholders. The integration of services from the Department of Health and Social services was critical to the success of the programme which included interventions on breast cancer, cervical cancer and teenage pregnancies. Beneficiaries who attended the workshop came from all wards in the Drakenstein municipal area.


Skills Development
Based on the principle that learning a skill must allow the person to immediately access a job opportunity the Community Development section has focussed on the following skills:
• Bricklaying / carpentry / plumbing / electrician
• Waiter training / kitchen assistant / barmen
• Hairdressing
• Beautician training
• Homebased care training
• Computer training


Food and Nutrition

The section manages 12 food and nutrition sites that supply a meal a day to poor people. The section is also supported by the Department of Social Development that supplies funding support to the section for the Food and Nutrition programme as part of a partnership agreement, which allows the kitchens to provide food for 5 days a week.


Early Childhood Development (ECD)

The section provides support to the ECD sector through the provision of infrastructure, resources and training. The section developed a policy in support of the sector and provided various training opportunities including financial sustainability training for ECD’s, dealing with foetal alcohol children in an ECD setting, health and hygiene in an ECD setting, as well as training to become ECD practitioners.


Street People

The section provides support to the Street people sector through the provision of support, resources and assistance. The section developed a policy in support of the sector and developed a strategy document for the street people. An official was also appointed to support and facilitate the operations of the Street Peoples Forum.


Elderly and Disabled

The section also provides support to the Elderly and Disabled sector through support to the Elderly and Disabled forum. Support was given to the Elderly Forum when they participated in the local and national Golden games for the Elderly. The section also provide a position paper to SALGA of support of the Drakenstein municipality to the Elderly. The section also supported the Disabled sector by providing resources to Arise and Shine to host the Disabled conference at the Paarl East Thusong Centre.


Grant in Aid
The section is also responsible for the disbursement of Grant in Aid funding. The fund provides non-governmental and community based organisations an opportunity to apply for and access grant funding. The funding is disbursed according to pre-determined criteria and National Treasury regulations.


Mayoral Ward Projects

The section is also responsible for managing the Mayoral ward projects, which provides each ward with funding, both operational and capital to implement projects determined by members living in that specific ward. The ward projects must be approved by Council and an amount of R141 900 is made available for operational projects and R120 000 for capital projects in each ward.


Social Programs

Youth & Gender

Contact Person: G Veldsman
Contact: 021 807 6210
Email: Geduld.Veldsman@drakenstein.gov.za

Special Program (Street People, Art& Culture, Grant, Aid and Health and Mayoral Ward Projects)
Person: Wilmorne Antar
Contact: 021 807 6408 
Email: Wilmorne.Antar@drakenstein.gov.za

Early childhood Development, Elderly and Disable
Person: Desmoray Prins
Contact: 021 807 7748
Email: Desmoray.Prins@drakenstein.gov.za

Skills Development and Food and Nutrition
Person: Hanleigh De Vries
Contact: 021 807 6428
Email: Hanleigh.DeVries@drakenstein.gov.za


​​Library Services

Libraries what we do

There are 18 library access points across Drakenstein Municipality providing  a range of services including:-

• Access to books and other resources
• Access to newspapers & periodicals
• Advice and information in various resources
• Reader development
• Access to different kinds of information
• Book education
• Library orientation
• Story telling
• Arts and cultural events



Our Vision:

 Being a flexible and responsive library service.

Our Mission:
To enrich and enhance the lives of individuals and communities through the provision and promotion of a range of high quality Library services and to provide equal access to information and resources to support community discussion and lifelong learning 

We also focus on the following key missions as set out in the UNESCO Public Library Manifesto relating to information, literacy, education and culture and should be at the core of public library services:
• creating and strengthening reading habits in children at an early age;
• supporting both individual and self-conducted education as well as formal education at all levels;
• providing opportunities for personal creative development;
• stimulating the imagination and creativity of children and young people;
• promoting awareness of cultural heritage, appreciation of the arts, scientific achievements and innovations;
• providing access to cultural expressions of all performing arts;
• fostering inter-cultural dialogue and favouring cultural diversity;
• supporting the oral tradition;
• ensuring access for citizens to all sorts of community information;
• providing adequate information services to local enterprises, associations and interest groups;
• facilitating the development of information and computer literacy skills;
• Supporting and participating in literacy activities and programmes for all age groups,
   and initiating such activities if necessary.

Our Values
Everything that we do will be guided by our five values:

• Patrons come first;
• Development of staff;
• Innovating and Improving;
• Purposefulness; and
• Responsibility.

Patrons come first

We will listen to our patrons and respond to their needs in respect of libraries for leisure, learning or information. Reader development initiatives will nurture the love of reading and access to new stock will enable that desire to read to be fostered. We will provide opportunities to enable people to pursue personal learning goals. Access can be provided in a safe and neutral environment to specialised information sources.

Development of staff

Staff is key to the provision of a service that meets the needs of our patrons to the highest standards. We will put in place a range of strategies to support our staff in the workplace so that they are fully equipped to provide the standards of service you expect from a modern library service. We will work as a team and encourage our staff to not only work together but to work in partnership with our patrons and other stakeholders to deliver the high quality services that public library users deserve and expect.

Innovating and Improving

We will strive always for improvement in all that we do and we will foster at all levels the need for innovation and improvement. In being innovative about the services we provide and how we provide them we can encourage further and better use of the library as a central hub within the community. We seek to engage in partnerships that foster the aims of the service. We work towards attaining accreditation against standards that are appropriate to the services delivered and that demonstrate excellence and a culture of continuous improvement in our service.


As a core value we will take the decisions that need to be made in the best interests of the Service and the ever changing needs of the public and wider society. We will base our decisions on a positive engagement with, and understanding of, our patrons and their needs. With strong leadership we will be decisive in transforming the current services into a single harmonised service that meets the needs of all our patrons. We will take those decisions and demonstrate that leadership in integrity and showing the accountability that is needed and expected in public life.


We will demonstrate leadership in all that we do and working to standards, being clear in communicating with staff and the public and setting the direction for services. We will be accountable through the Drakenstein Library and Information Services within the Community Services Directorate explaining our decisions and reporting progress on priorities, delivering value for money, as well as working within the financial constraints of the budget allocation.





Emergency Numbers

Life threatening
021 872 2323

Service Emergency
021 807 4500


Drakenstein Municipality
Berg River Boulevard
South Africa

GPS coordinates

S33 44.248 E18 58.108

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