To afford illiterate/semi illiterate people to engage in ABET.
Established of Community Kitchens in the identified poverty areas in order to alleviate poverty (Warmth project).
Disabled and Elderly
Facilitate the establishment of a disabled and elderly Forum around Drakenstein.
Early Childhood Development
Early Childhood Development is a function of Local Government in terms of a constitutional mandate. The Community Development section was responsible for the International childrens day, where approximately 750 people participated. This event was done in partnership with the Provincial department of Sport and Recreation and an NGO called Sport Against Crime. In terms of a partnership agreement with Catholic Welfare 4 fully fitted containers were provided by the municipality to assist early childhood development in rural areas.
ECD forums were established in Paarl East, Wellington, Mbekweni and in Saron, Gouda communities with the aim to consolidate and support ECD centres. In a partnership agreement with the Mbekweni ECD forum the Cargo of Dreams outreach organisation provided 2 fully fitted containers to house the Langabuya children of Mbekweni.
The section completed various capacity building workshops to empower women in terms of the gendered role of women within society. These capacity building workshops dealt with Human Rights, Women and Child Abuse, Women in Local Government and Advocacy and Lobbying. These workshops facilitated by the Gender Advocacy Programme were attended by approximately 60 women and held in all the areas of the Drakenstein Municipal area.
Facilitate and coordinate development projects on needs of women in Local Government on individual, organisational and community level.
HIV / AIDS
Strategic Planning workshop was held to consolidate the efforts of the different institutions and organizations in terms of HIV and Aids interventions. The aim of the workshop was to create multi-sectoral area teams so that constraints of duplication and lack of cooperation could be addressed. The Multi-Sectoral Area Teams were established as a result of this initiative and all organisations could consolidate there efforts and resources to address the pandemic.
Reducing unemployment through job creation in order to alleviate poverty.
Learner Drivers’ Licenses
To assist Youth out of school (18 years and older) to obtain their learners drivers licence to enhance their employability.
The IPR strategy has various components focusing on food and nutrition, skills development and job creation. Workshops were held with the beneficiaries in 4 wards, to support and strengthen the existing food gardens. The WARMTH project is a partnership project with Catholic Welfare and the Local Economic Development section. It also provides for skills development and will provide a job opportunity for 8 people. Containers were placed in Chicago, Amstelhof and New Rest and these containers will provide opportunities for poor people to access food and nutrition.
The section has a partnership agreement with the Department of Labour that provides for skills development. 36 beneficiaries recently completed there training at Boland College and were paid a stipend while they completed the community squares in a labour intensive job creation initiative in the pilot sites. In terms of an agreement with the Department of Expanded Public Works, approximately 70 people were provided an employment opportunity in the construction of the road between Wellington and Hermon. This opportunity was made possible because of the skills learnt in bricklaying, kerblaying and brick paving course at Boland College. In a new agreement 12 beneficiaries are receiving training in welding and fencing and we negotiating with the Department of Labour to expand this skills development program to include 12 more beneficiaries.
To equip the unemployed with the necessary skills through training and development (Skills Development).
Social Crime Prevention
Approximately 25 youth attended the peer education programme for substance abuse facilitated by SANCA. This was preceded by a Summit Substance Abuse that was held earlier where approximately 300 people attended. Various stakeholder meetings were subsequently held to consolidate the work the various institutions were doing in relation to substance abuse.
To make people aware of the harmful effects of alcohol and drug abuse and to equip them with knowledge to make informed and responsible choices. To support initiatives for treatment and rehabilitation.
The section was also responsible for the organizing of the commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the June the 16th youth uprisings. Approximately 2000 people attended the event that was held at the Boland Rugby stadium where the Speaker of the Provincial parliament Mr Shaun Byneveldt was the guest speaker.
The licensing programme will provide 100 unemployed post matric learners with an opportunity to access a learners licence, a crucial step to accessing employment opportunities in the civil service, SAPS, Correctional Services, Airforce and Navy. Youth also participated in the Peer Education programme for substance abuse and HIV/Aids.