Partnership

2019-03-14 06:00

Minister of Community Safety, Alan Winde last week commended the religious fraternity in the province for its continued partnership with the Department, through the Youth Safety and Religious Partnership (YSRP) programme.

This annual YSRP-programme, which is implemented during the June/July and December/January holiday period, was first piloted during 2012/13, and targets young people between the ages of 14- and 21-years-old.

The YSRP ensures that young people are provided a safe space where they participate in activities, such as life skills awareness and education, sport, recreation, and vocational training. Since its inception, the Department has spent R29m, partnered with 1205 approved institutions and reached 133 972 young people. During an appreciation event, A-Z Helping Hands from Manenberg, the Fikelela Aids Project from Khayelitsha and Promise Keepers from Bonteheuwel made presentations about how this partnership is helping them to ensure that more young people are engaged in constructive and empowering activities.

The programme is implemented in a wide variety of communities, which among other include Grassy Park, Mitchell’s Plain, Ocean View, Manenberg, Atlantis, Belhar, Bishop Lavis, Bellville South, Delft, Elsies River, Gugulethu, Kleinvlei, Kraaifontein, Kuilsriver, Langa, Mfuleni, Cloetesville, De Rust, Dysselsdorp and Franschhoek.

Winde says the religious fraternity is well-established in all communities and if they are to combat crime and make the Western Cape the safest province in the country, they will require a whole of society approach, and this is why this partnership is so vital. “They have a sound footprint in all areas, including those with high levels of crime, and in most cases are already implementing programmes in their respective communities,” he said.

“It concerns me deeply that there are still so many young people and especially children that are dying at the hands of heartless criminals. Through these continued partnerships, organisations are strengthened in making a difference and creating a safer province,” he said.

Minister of Community Safety, Alan Winde last week commended the religious fraternity in the province for its continued partnership with the Department, through the Youth Safety and Religious Partnership (YSRP) programme.

This annual YSRP-programme, which is implemented during the June/July and December/January holiday period, was first piloted during 2012/13, and targets young people between the ages of 14- and 21-years-old.

The YSRP ensures that young people are provided a safe space where they participate in activities, such as life skills awareness and education, sport, recreation, and vocational training. Since its inception, the Department has spent R29m, partnered with 1205 approved institutions and reached 133 972 young people.

During an appreciation event, A-Z Helping Hands from Manenberg, the Fikelela Aids Project from Bonteheuwel and Promise Keepers from Khayelitsha made presentations about how this partnership is helping them to ensure that more young people are engaged in constructive and empowering activities.

The programme is implemented in a wide variety of communities, which among other include Grassy Park, Mitchell’s Plain, Ocean View, Manenberg, Atlantis, Belhar, Bishop Lavis, Bellville South, Delft, Elsies River, Gugulethu, Kleinvlei, Kraaifontein, Kuilsriver, Langa, Mfuleni.

“They have a sound footprint in all areas, including those with high levels of crime, and in most cases are already implementing programmes in their respective communities,” he said.

“It concerns me deeply that there are still so many young people and especially children that are dying at the hands of heartless criminals. The impact of a programme such as this is invaluable, as many young people are just looking for a safe and secure space, where they are able to play. Through these continued partnership, organisations are strengthened in making a difference and creating a safer province.”

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