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​​​​​​​​​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 is the Drakenstein Youth Dialogue, over a period of two months, focusing on the following topics:

• Teenage pregnancy;
• Drug abuse;
• Cyber Bullying;
• Equity; and
• Gender Based Violence

This dialogue is the culmination of a series of two youth dialogues that will be hosted by Community Development Section throughout the wards, hence all wards will be represented.


In a joint effort among stakeholders and youth representative, Drakenstein Municipality strives to be all- inclusive and supports the youth aligned to the Draft National Youth Policy.


To create dialogue between youth practitioners on issues facing our youth today and to brainstorm ideas for youth programmes and specifically targeting Gender-based Violence under the youth.

The main aim is the advancement of dialogue in society at different levels for inclusion, participation, democratic and values.


The objectives are as:

1. Promote national blended mobility for young people in order to improve their level of skills and their participation in society;

2. Improve the quality of youth work by developing socio-professional skills and creating social leaders as active and critical citizens;

3. Advance systems of dialogue between youth; and

4. In an attempt to construct a positive moral fiber to the youth, about 50 learners from all wards will be invited to participate in the 'Youth Dialogue' programme.

Dates Venue / Wards

DatesVenue / Wards
9 October 2020Simondium (Ward 1)
16 October 2020Saron (Ward 30)
23 October 2020Wellington (Ward 2, 5, 7, 10, 11, 18, 29, 31)
6 November 2020Paarl – East (Ward 3, 4, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21-28, 32 & 33)
13 November 2020Mbekweni Thusong (Ward 6, 8, 9, 12 & 16)



Youth and Gender POE Portfolio of Evidence - Quarterly Report

Youth Dialogue Report - Wellington


Our Projects

Alcohol Harms Reduction(AHR) programme

The Community Development section just started the implementation of the socio economic leg of the Alcohol Harms Reduction(AHR) programme. The activation of the Fairyland Hall was the catalyst for the start of providing alternatives for youth in the area. Approximately 300 youth participated in the 4 a side football tournament and other games as part Alcohol Harms Reduction programme.

The AHR is a partnership programme with the Office of the Premier, the Department of Arts Sports and Culture and the Drakenstein municipality which aims to reduce the harms of alcohol abuse in our communities. Simultaneously it looks at a liquor outlet licensing within the township area.

The Fairyland community hall is now utilised every Friday evening for the sports activities to provide youth with alternatives than to go to shebeens.

The event was attended by the local Councillors and the keynote speaker was the MMC Rita Andreas.



















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.


Gender-Based Violence Awareness Drive Report 25 September 2020

Gender-Based Violence Awareness Drive Report 19 September 2020

Gender-Based Violence Awareness Plan

Gender-Based Violence Workshop


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.


ECD Stimulus - How to apply

Stimulus ECD Flyer

ECD Stimulus Flyer_Afrikaans

Reminder to apply for ECD Relief Fund


Street People | Homeless People

The section provides support to the homeless people sector through the provision of support, resources and assistance.


The World Health Organization(WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on the 11th March 2020, subsequent to that, our President declared a State of National Disaster on 15 March 2020, in terms of Section 27 (2) of the Act.

These events lead to the National lockdown that started on the 26th March 2020, where all Drakenstein Municipal residents regulated to stay at home with the intention to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus and infections. The Drakenstein Municipality (DM) setup three temporary shelters effectively from 27 March 2020 to accommodate all homeless people to keep them safe from infections.

These temporary shelters were located at Paarl-East Thusong Centre, Huguenot Community Hall, Wellington Town Hall and were managed by the Community Development officials.

The overall total of the homeless people during lockdown level 5 were 170 people, with the relocation to Antoniesvlei Holiday Resort only 57 people agreed to relocate on a voluntarily basis whereas the others decided to voluntarily be discharged.

The objective of this initiative was to provide them with temporary shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep them safe from the infection.

Re-unification of the homeless people with their respective families: September 2020


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

For the financial year 2020/2021 no Grant in Aid funding will be made available.


Mayoral Ward Projects

The Community Development section is responsible for the food security including the establishment of the following soup kitchens: ward 25, 29 and 33.

An amount of R330 000.00 for the food security was allocated to implement the Ward-Based Operational Projects, within the Drakenstein municipal area.

The allocated amount will be utilized for the conversion of containers, fencing, purchasing of utensils and food supplies for the establishment of soup kitchens.


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



1 ECD Stimulus - how to apply_20210217http://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/1 ECD Stimulus - how to apply_20210217.pdf1 ECD Stimulus - how to apply_20210217
2 Stimulus ECD Flyers_20210217http://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/2 Stimulus ECD Flyers_20210217.pdf2 Stimulus ECD Flyers_20210217
20201027 YOUTH and GENDER – POE Portfolio of Evidence Quarterly Reporthttp://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/20201027 YOUTH and GENDER – POE Portfolio of Evidence Quarterly Report.pdf20201027 YOUTH and GENDER – POE Portfolio of Evidence Quarterly Report
20201027 Youth Dialogue_ Report - Wellingtonhttp://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/20201027 Youth Dialogue_ Report - Wellington.pdf20201027 Youth Dialogue_ Report - Wellington
3 ECD Stimulus Flyers_Afrikaans_20210217http://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/3 ECD Stimulus Flyers_Afrikaans_20210217.pdf3 ECD Stimulus Flyers_Afrikaans_20210217
4 Reminder to apply for ECD Relief Fund_20210217http://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/4 Reminder to apply for ECD Relief Fund_20210217.pdf4 Reminder to apply for ECD Relief Fund_20210217
ECD Aansoekvorm_2020-2021_Afrhttp://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/ECD Aansoekvorm_2020-2021_Afr.pdfECD Aansoekvorm_2020-2021_Afr
ECD application 2020-2021_Enghttp://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/ECD application 2020-2021_Eng.pdfECD application 2020-2021_Eng
Gender-Based Violence Awareness Drive Report 19 Septemberhttp://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/Gender-Based Violence Awareness Drive Report 19 September.pdfGender-Based Violence Awareness Drive Report 19 September
Gender-Based Violence Awareness Drive Report 25 Septemberhttp://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/Gender-Based Violence Awareness Drive Report 25 September.pdfGender-Based Violence Awareness Drive Report 25 September
Gender-Based Violence Awareness Planhttp://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/Gender-Based Violence Awareness Plan.pdfGender-Based Violence Awareness Plan
Gender-Based Violence Workshophttp://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/Gender-Based Violence Workshop.pdfGender-Based Violence Workshop
Re-unification homeless people_Sept2020http://www.drakenstein.gov.za/docs/Documents/Re-unification homeless people_Sept2020.pdfRe-unification homeless people_Sept2020

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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