Safety demo to educate young people

2019-06-25 06:00
A demonstration by paramedic officials for the youth

A demonstration by paramedic officials for the youth

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The Department of Community Safety launched a Youth Safety and Religious Programme on Monday 17 June.

This was announced in a statement by the provincial minster of community safety Albert Fritz on Thursday 20 June.

He said the programme will continue until Friday 5 July. He added the programme is being implemented in a wide variety of communities across the province.

These include Strandfontein, Makhaza, Tafelsig, Delft South, Philippi East, Khayelitsha, Meerlust, Kalksteenfontein, Samora Machel, Kraaifontein, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Hermanus, Hawston, Lwandle, Robertson, Strand, Bredasdorp, Porterville, De Doorns and Wesbank.

“The Youth Safety and Religious Programme (YSRP) is a flagship initiative of the Department of Community Safety aimed specifically at increasing safety through implementing targeted anti-social behaviour and youth initiatives in partnership with the religious fraternity of the province,” the statement explained.

According to the statement, the programme was first launched in 2012 and has expanded significantly since then. The statement said the programme is reaching thousands of young people across the province.

“Last year the Department of Community Safety invested R6.2 million into the initiative, and over 75 000 young people in 41 areas participated in the programme,” the statement read.

This year the department will be introducing a new Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) component, where young people will be given an opportunity to work in communities for a set period of time while receiving a stipend, the statement added.

“Over 800 EPWP opportunities will be made available,” revealed the statement.

In the statement, Fritz thanked the religious fraternity, representing a number of different faiths, especially for their willingness to partner with government on this important initiative.

He also encouraged each an every member of each fraternity to use their positive influence in their communities to help drive the message that safety is everyone’s responsibility and that they need to continue working together to tackle crime.

“Under the leadership of Minister Albert Fritz, the Department of Community Safety will continue to work with community organisations and support programmes that provide opportunities for our young people, so that they are kept safe and away from alcohol, gangs and drugs,” the statement read.

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