Initiative tightens bonds

2019-07-02 06:00
Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien with some of the graduates.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien with some of the graduates.

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Participants in the City of Cape Town’s social development’s Strengthening Families Programme celebrated the success of the programme in the current financial year during a graduation ceremony on Saturday 22 June, at the Green Point Stadium.

The Strengthening Families Programme, piloted in 2013, is one of the City’s many social crime and substance abuse interventions, and aims to improve relationships and overall climate in the home environment.

Speaking at the event, Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, said the programme is one of the City’s most important programmes. He said the graduation was an opportunity to celebrate their journeys and the success of the programme, which is the result of tireless hard work and commitment. “Thank you for your commitment towards your family and for forming part of our programme, by strengthening your family, you strengthen your community, your city and ultimately your country. It all starts at home,” Badroodien said.

He said that problems in homes are often blamed on social issues such as substance abuse and gang violence among others, but the municipality realised that; to tackle these social issues, the City needs to start at the heart of communities.

“I really hope that this programme was able to improve relationships in your family. I hope that it built resilience in our young people to ultimately assist them in making good life choices.”

Badroodien said the City acknowledges that families need help, not just to communicate and understand each other but to also make more informed and better choices.

“Poor choices are often a result of discord within families which then spill over into communities. While there is no guarantee that a happy home prevents anti-social behaviour, the programme assists by instilling positive behaviour early on,” he said.

Badroodien hopes that the course was able to assist children in setting up goals for their future.

“Our dream will only come true if we believe in them. I hope that this experience made you appreciate your parents more. I hope that it assisted you in dealing with stress, to resist peer pressure and to associate yourselves with good friends.”

He said the participants will begin to see the impact of real, good friends for the rest of their lives.

He also hoped that the programme helped parents to better understand their children and help prevent their children from falling into anti-social behaviour and criminal activities.


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