GREETINGS to all Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Harry Gwala residents. It is my pleasure that we bring you this week’s issue of the municipal manager’s view point. The Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Municipality took part in this year’s 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children campaign. This is a worldwide campaign to oppose violence against women and children. It aims to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on women and children and to rid society of abuse permanently. The 16 Days of Activism campaign is held from 25 November to 10 December every year, however, the success of this campaign rests on our daily individual and collective actions to safeguard our society against this cycle of abuse. Through our engagements with community members and stakeholders in our war rooms, we discovered few causes of such abuse. One is that it stems from the low status of women in the home and in society. It happens when men abuse power and positions of authority in order to control women and children. As the Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma municipality, we believe that any form of behaviour that causes fear, bodily harm or forces a person to do things against their will is abuse. On 14 December we held a men’s Imbizo and a launch of a forum at Bethlehem. The purpose of this initiative was to discuss issues that affect our community. Gender-based violence remains a thorny issue in rural villages, and we believe that men forums will go a long way in shifting the mind-sets of violent people. We are appealing to women to report abusive partners and colleagues. We understand that most women hide it because they are dependent on the perpetrators but we are not confronting the problem if we don’t report them at the police station. We need to love our kids equally regardless of their gender so that they can grow up knowing that we are equal. We must also be role models to our sons and groom them to become better men in future. Until we meet again, have a blessed week ahead.