Driving Change through Community Safety and Alcohol Reduction

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.

Programme Community Safety Day 1

Programme Community Safety Day 2

Executive Mayor of Garden Route District Municipality, Councillor Memory Booysen says that local municipalities will each receive R50 000.00 for Community Safety projects.

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.

Mediation Training was provided by Mr David Williams, Grabouw Community Police Forum Chairperson

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.

Garden Route District Municipality representatives at the two-day workshop, (fltr): Cllr Joslyn Johnson (Portfolio: Property Management and Development), Mr Richard Dyantyi (Manager: EPWP, Rural Development and Job Creation), Cllr Jennifer Hartnick, Mr Siphiwe Dladla (Chief of Staff) and Cllr Erica Meyer (Portfolio Chairperson: Strategic Services).

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.

Eden Cluster Commander, Major-General Oswald Reddy said that municipalities and role players have to ‘hit the ground running’ to ensure that safety plans and structures are in place.
Members of the Knysna Initiative for Learning and Teaching played a vital role in the final part of the workshop when action plans were developed, Ms Lynn Stoker (middle), facilitated the session.

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:

  1. Identifying problems people in communities face
  2. Reduce access to alcohol by an increase of legal liquor outlets – closing down illegal ones.
  3. Recreational and Economic alternatives.
  4. Alcohol-related health and available Social Services.

Read about it here.

Western Cape Government Game Changers.

The Knysna team, during their planning session, defined problems people in Knysna communities face and developed an action plan to address some of the problems.
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