Zululand Observer - Weekender

Community Care Centre for Hlabisa

- Muzi Zincume

IN the fight against HIV/AIDS in uMkhanyaku­de District, MEC for Social Developmen­t, Weziwe Thusi officially opened a Community Care Centre on Tuesday.

The centre, which will benefit community members residing in Ward 1 to Ward 5 in Big Five-Hlabisa Municipali­ty, will render support to orphaned, vulnerable children and youth.

The centre will be a major boost for uMkhanyaku­de District, which is one of the most deprived districts in the country.

MEC Thusi said the centre, which is managed by Vukuzakhe Integrated Home/ Community based Care Organisati­on, was funded by her department to the tune of R1-million.

‘We have also allocated to the organisati­on an on-site social worker and a child and youth care worker, with a view to intensify prevention programmes in schools and the community.

‘The overall objectives of community care centres include rendering support to orphaned and vulnerable children and youth, non-profit organisati­on capacity building, reduction of teenage pregnancy, improving nutritiona­l status of the children and improvemen­t of integrated services.

‘Handing over of this facility was part of government’s intention to changing the lives of the people for the better.

‘This area is not spared the scourge of social ills, which are affecting our country.

‘We therefore need the support of civil society, so that we can fully ensure that a better life for all our people is a reality. It is encouragin­g to see the active community involvemen­t in this project,’ she said.

 ??  ?? MEC Weziwe Thusi inspecting the newly built Community Care Centre at KwaNibela
MEC Weziwe Thusi inspecting the newly built Community Care Centre at KwaNibela

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