South Africa: MEC Motshidise Koloi had a busy Sunday serving different communities of the Province. Her morning started with an interview at Mosupatsela FM, where she brought awareness to the substance abuse treatment centres of the Department in the Province.
The MEC laid out services provided at the Charlotte Maxeke Treatment Center in Botshabelo as well as the Beyers Naude Halfway House in Clarens.
The two centres are key to the government’s fight to eradicate substance abuse as well as social ills linked to the abuse of substances such as drugs, cocaine, Nyaope, alcohol etc. The MEC went further to explain to listeners that those who wish to be admitted to these centres need to first go to our District and Satellite offices, where social workers will assess and refer them.
MEC Koloi also spoke on the Pre-Budget Vote Speech Outreach programme that will take place in Kroonstad on Thursday, 20 April 2023 and the Budget Vote Speech that she will be tabling on Friday, 21 April 2021, in Kroonstad.
She then paid a surprise visit to the Charlotte Maxeke Treatment Center. She was in time for lunch and observed how preparations are made. After that, she was taken on a tour of the Centre, inspected the facility and met service users. She shared some motivational words with them and expressed her appreciation for their willingness to seek help and commit to the rehabilitation programme.
The MEC concluded her day by joining Premier Mxolisi Dukwana, EXCO and the Islamic Community during Iftaar. Iftaar is a breaking of fasting for the day in observance of the month-long Ramadan that started on 24 March and will end on 22 April 2023.
The programme is part of the broader commitment by the Premier and EXCO to integrate communities and rebuild relations between the provincial government and various religious groups and different sectors of society across the entire province.
Furthermore, this is an effort to unite the different sectors of society to join hands in combating prevailing social ills such as crime, corruption, and Gender-Based violence and to bring economic growth and development into the province through collaboration.