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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 “City 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.



Gender Based Violence Awareness Drive


The men and women of Drakenstein Municipality say no to gender-based violence!

Drakenstein Municipality is declaring War against the widespread disease of Gender based Violence against women and children in our society.  We strongly feel and believe that this should not be a once off occasion but should be put under the spotlight the entire year and not on certain occasions or certain days. This fight deserves more prominence and commitment throughout the year hence Drakenstein Municipality declaration of 365 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

All forms of violence against women and children should be eradicated and as men we should respect and protect all women and children in our society. The municipality will play pivotal role and work together with other spheres of government, law enforcement agencies and NGO's to ensure the safety of our female colleagues and women in general in our society of Drakenstein.


Project Plan: 1 October – 10 December 2021 Gender Based Violence Awareness drive

 ACTION: Schedule information meeting with Communication Section to discuss programme and marketing material that will be displayed for the duration of the programme. The entire programme is in collaboration with the Department of Social Development (DSD).

No Venues Whom Date Time
1Saron LibraryDSD/Gender Forum Saturday, 16 October 20218h00 – 12h00
2Saron Community HallDSD/Gender ForumSaturday, 23 October 20218h00 – 12h00
3Van WyksvleiDSD/Gender ForumSunday , 24 October 20218h00 – 12h00
4Paarl BoulevardDSD/Gender ForumSaturday, 30 October 20218h00 – 12h00


No Venues Whom Date Time
1Mbekweni Comm. HallDSD/Gender ForumSaturday, 6 November 20218h00 – 12h00
2Wellington Town HallDSD/Gender ForumSaturday, 13 November 20218h00 – 12h00


Primary Schools Awareness Drive: #SEE US

ACTION: To visit the primary school within Drakenstein and let the children raise their voices through art.

Date: 2021 Time Venue Target Group Who
5 November  10h00 – 12h00Bergendal PrimaryLearners  DM/CWMD/DSD/SAPD
12 November10h00 – 12h00Wagenmakersvallei PrimaryLearnersDM/CWMD/DSD/SAPD
19 November10h00 – 12h00Roodezandt PrimaryLearnersDM/CWMD/DSD/SAPD


Drakenstein Municipality & Cape Winelands Municipal District (CWDM) 16 Days of Activism Launch:

ACTION: To visit the primary school within Drakenstein and let the children raise their voices through art.

Date: 2021 Time Venue Target Group Who
25 November8h00Saron Community HallCommunity MembersCWMD/DSD/SAPD/BADISA
26 November8h00Drakenstein Court YardAll stakeholdersCWMD/DSD/SAPD/BADISA



Designation Name and Surname

Portfolio CllrE Gouws  
Senior Manager:                     Community Development; Libraries & Information ServicesE Saayman  



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 CentreHuguenot 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​​

 Advert - Grant in Aid 202324 (003)

 Advert - Hulptoelaag - 202324 (005)

Social Programs

Youth & Gender

Contact Person: G Veldsman

Contact: 021 807 6210

Email: Geduld.Veldsman@drakenstein.gov.za


Special Program (Stre

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.


et 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: Desmor​ay 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