SAPS launch rural feeding scheme

2019-04-17 06:02
Grannies and children from the rural area in Copesville wait in the Copesville Hall to receive a meal. PHOTO: supplied

Grannies and children from the rural area in Copesville wait in the Copesville Hall to receive a meal. PHOTO: supplied

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THE Mountain Rise Police embarked on a feeding scheme in Copesville, headed by detective Shaun Knoxx and Warrant Officer Malinga, that they hope to expand into various other areas of Pietermaritzburg.

The aim of the scheme is to help build ties with the rural communities of the city.

Knoxx told the Maritzburg Fever that they have previously run campaigns of this nature but only picked it up again four weeks ago.

“This feeding scheme is not only about feeding the community. We want to build stronger ties with our communities and show the people that we are here for them, not only in terms of crime but also here to help in whatever way we can,” said Knoxx.

Knoxx said that various other plans were in motion, such as a Sunday service plan that they are currently trying to set up among the rural communities, as well as a skills workshop.

“We want to roll out a skills initiative focusing more on the grannies of the communities who are left to provide for their grandchildren when their daughters get pregnant.

“We want to teach them skills that they can use to bring in money to their households,” said the detective.

Knoxx said that various businesses and organisations have come to the party to help them through donations and he hoped that the project would continue to grow.

“It is such a gratifying experience to help the community. I want for the people to trust us and feel as if they can count on us as their local law enforcement,” said Knoxx.

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