YOUNG LEADERS DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES OF A VIOLENCE FREE SOCIETY IN UPINGTON

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10 November 2016                                                                                                                           

 YOUNG LEADERS DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES OF A VIOLENCE FREE SOCIETY IN UPINGTON     

Following the Anti-Drug Silent March in October, which aimed at creating a drug-free community, network of young South Africans, ACTIVATE! Change Drivers will convene a dialogue, the ACTIVATE! Youth Imbizo, in Upington to establish means of realising a non-violent society. The dialogue will take place on Saturday, 12 November at Thembelihle Hall in Paballelo from 11h00 till 13h00, in time for the International 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.  

One of the organisers, Dineo Segophiso, says the Anti-Drug Silent March was a first step towards creating a safe environment for all residents. After the march, a pledge to all residents to participate towards the creation of drug-free society was compiled and made available at the Paballelo police station for everyone to sign in agreement. “Following the success of the March, a dialogue with community members to discuss violence and crime seemed like a sensible second step,” says Segophiso.

Given the rate of crime and violence that continues to sky rocket in South Africa, there is an urgent need to develop and execute more strategies to exterminate the contributing factors. With 2183001 (50665 from the Northern Cape) reported crimes in 2016, South Africa is amongst the most violent countries in the world. Despite measures by the officials to ensure the safety of all citizens, more crimes are reported every day.

ACTIVATE Change Drivers’ Lezerine Mashaba says the initiatives by the government that are designed to reduce violence are in vain if citizens are not creatively coming up with more ways to deal with the problem to meet the government halfway.

Members of the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers network, known as Activators, from Northern Cape are playing a significant role in bettering their communities, thus ensuring not only a safe environment but also a progressive one. For example, Mmeza Gaborone from Upington runs Bokomoso Jwa Ka, a non-profit organisation that provides career guidance and motivational talks to young women in that area. Gaborone believes that empowering women will ultimately play a role in ensuring their safety and security. Buyiswa Nkathane, also from Upington, established an anti-drug campaign, to promote a drug a drug free society. The campaign also provides post-rehab support to recovering drug addicts.

“Activators have invited Upington community members to this dialogue which will also involve community upliftment organisations and civic organisations to discuss the root causes of violence. We will then brainstorm different approaches in which we can resolve these issues,” says Mashaba 

Love Life, South African Police Services, Department of Social Development community radio station, Radio Riverside are some of the organisations that will be present to engage with the audience. The session will be as interactive as possible to encourage maximum participation of all attendants, thereby enabling environment for teaching and learning.

For more information and details on how you can participate or attend, please contact Buyiswa Nkhathane on 076 079 1207 or Dineo Segophiso on 076 436 3375.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

– ACTIVATE! Change Drivers is a network of 2000 young change makers across South Africa who are finding innovative ways to transform their communities and the country as a whole. The Network connects these young people and equips them with necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in their respective efforts.

– Journalists are welcome to join the dialogue and engage with the stakeholders

 Issued by ACTIVATE! Change Drivers. For more information please visit www.activateleadership.co.za

For media related queries, please contact:

Nelisa Ngqulana

Communications Manager: ACTIVATE! Change Drivers

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Cell: 073 817 8017

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