South Africa: Yesterday, MEC for Social Development, Ms Motlagomang “Mamiki’ Qabathe, continued building a working relationship with churches and strengthening the Role that churches should play in fighting social illness and taking care of the Widows.
MEC “Mamiki” Qabathe, together with the local Councillor of Ward 8, Cllr Dikeledi Nyaphudi honoured an invitation by the Twelve Apostle Church in Trinity where all their branches gathered together to pray for Widows – a programme aimed at giving Widows strength and spirituality, the gathering is a prayer service for examinations since most children will be writing final exams soon.
According to MEC for Social Development government need Churches to play a leading role in fighting social ills. MEC also told the church that it is important for churches to create partnerships and working relations with government institutions such as the Department of Social Development, Master of Court, Home Affairs, Humanity Rights Commission, National Development Agency, Department of Labour, GEPF, SARS, SASSA etc.
As part of the church’s contribution towards social development, it needs to work closely with other stakeholders in order to assist its congregation, learners and Widows in finding psychological, emotional and economic support while it continues to contribute spiritually.
Furthermore, the MEC asked the church to move away from being service oriented and become Developmental Centers and Campaigning churches in order to assist Widows with their challenges such as claims, inheritance, will drafting, psychological support etc.
It is in this regard that the Department of Social Development in the Free State, through its Women Empowerment Programme, wants to work closely with churches and society in general through community dialogues.
MEC emphasised that the Free State Government, under the leadership of Premier Sefora Ntombela, is serious about Community Development, Promoting Human Rights and Poverty Alleviation for the people of the Free State.
The Role of building better communities needs all stakeholders, from government institutions, private institutions, NPOs, Churches and Society in general, to work hand in hand.