Youth programmes to address Philippi East safety challenges

2017-10-28 15:38
Dan Plato (City of Cape Town)

Dan Plato (City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town - Western Cape Community Safety Minister Dan Plato met with various religious leaders in the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East, Cape Town on Saturday to discuss safety issues in the area.

The meeting formed part of a weekend-long drive to engage with communities affected by crime.  

Plato said the engagement focused specifically on youth safety and how religious leaders in the area could play a bigger role in ensuring the safety of everyone in the area.

He also spoke about the various development programmes, such as the Youth Safety and Religion Partnership Programme (YSRP), where youth can get involved in various activities during school holidays.

“The 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,” said Plato.

Plato said the initiatives, hosted by various religious institutions, had to be educational and aimed at building self-esteem, confidence, and assist the youth to acquire knowledge and develop positive life-skills.

The programme has been in effect since 2012 when 48 institutions were co-funded and they successfully implemented youth safety interventions in 34 priority areas; reaching a total of 11 623 youths.

The YSRP received a total allocation of R3.670 million for the 2017/18 financial year and would be focusing on high-risk areas including Nyanga, Gugulethu, Paarl-East, Villiersdorp, Saldanha Bay, Delft, Mfuleni, Kraaifontein, Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Philippi-East, Bishop Lavis, Manenberg, Imizamo Yethu and Masiphumelele.

“The Youth Safety and Religious Partnership (YSRP) programme is currently in its 5th year of implementation.”

“Through partnering with the religious fraternity in the province during school holiday periods, the Department has reached more than 68 077 youths with programmes focussing on awareness and prevention of drug abuse, gangsterism, gender-based violence, child trafficking and the provision of life skills development and practical safety tips,” Plato said.


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