Over the next two days, 23 – 24 August 2019, a Community Safety Project and an “Alcohol Harms Reduction” Game Changer workshop will take place at Eagle’s Nest Ministries in Pacaltsdorp, George.
This workshop forms part of Western Cape Government’s collaborative efforts with various role players, including Local Government (Garden Route District Municipality and its Local Municipalities), South African Police Services, Non-Government Organisations, Community Policing Forums and various sector departments to commit on interventions that make a tangible impact on reducing the harms related to alcohol.
In our country, more than 60% of road deaths, domestic violence and homicides are directly or indirectly related to alcohol abuse. Alcohol has also been identified as the 3rd leading risk factor for death and disability in South Africa. Over several years, many attempts have been made to reduce alcohol abuse in the Western Cape, by governments and civil society. However, there is little systemic success to show for all the effort.
WHAT TO EXPECT OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS
23 August 2019 – Day one will focus on Mediation Training. Other focus areas include the role of first responders, the qualities of a mediator, a role-play session, as well as guiding legislation. Today will end off with unpacking the process of developing and implementing a Community Safety Plan.
24 August 2019 – Day two will focus on the reduction of alcohol abuse and early childhood development.
Role-players will focus on some of the following levers to achieve a reduction in alcohol abuse and behaviour change in communities:
- Identifying problems people in communities face
- Reduce access to alcohol by an increase of legal liquor outlets – closing down illegal ones.
- Recreational and Economic alternatives.
- Alcohol-related health and available Social Services.