Tuesday, January 29, 2008

29 January - Human RIghts

In today’s show we spoke to Dougie Oakes – From the Department of Transport and Public Works. We spoke about the 15 Million rand Rehab Centre to be built in Kensington. The Western Cape’s Public Works Department is building a modern, rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in the Cape Flats suburb of Kensington. According to Transport and Public Works MEC Marius Fransman Drug-taking, as well as the selling of drugs is a big problem in this suburb. Police figures showed that there were 369 instances of drug-related crime in Kensington up to March last year – an increase of more than 65 percent.
Pic: www.lib.uct.ac.za

We were also be joined by Leonora Sefoor – Project Manager of the South African Youth Ministers Project in the Western Cape. The young generation is often perceived as having no interest in the government and the country’s politics but there is a new movement among the South African youth who not only show a growing interest in governance but want to get involved. This project is a national initiative, with schools from the Western Cape, Gauteng and Mpumalanga participating with the aims of showing the youth how government works, how policy affects them and how they have a role to play in the future of politics in this country. For more information call (021) 535 4056.

Our last interview was with Sophia Warner a founder, trustee and trainer of the Pebbles project. They were established in 2004 to offer support to children with special educational needs, particularly those whose lives are affected by alcohol in some way, in the Western Cape. Their vision is to enrich the lives of children with special educational needs, particularly those affected by alcohol, through the provision of a training network and community support. For more information contact Sophia on 072 472 2797 or email her on sophia@pebblesproject.co.za, alternatively visit their website at www.pebblesproject.co.za.
Pic: www.pebblsproject.co.za


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