“Beyond these uniforms, we are also human beings; we all make mistakes. Yet, importantly, we urge people to come to health facility to get the help they need.”
These were the words of Sylvia Mzinyathi, a nurse at Ikhwezi Community Day Centre in Nomzamo at an open day hosted at the health facility on Friday 28 September.
Various stakeholders, such as the Department of Social Development, Traffic Services, Lwandle police, Fire and Rescue Services and the Helderberg Baby Saver, participated in the event, sharing valuable information to the community.
Mzinyathi said they arranged the open day so the community is introduced to the various stakeholders serving them. “As the community we need to do better and improve the services we render to our communities,” she said. “For this to be a success we all need to work together and know each other’s roles in the area.”
At the event, dubbed “Back to Basics”, Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, spokesperson for Lwandle police, shared how the police promotes its services through visits to schools and clinics, sharing information with the community.
He added one of their biggest challenges are people not reporting crime, a situation that exists for various reasons. Gama also mentioned the abuse of alcohol as one of the contributing factors in domestic violence and other socials ills in the community.
“We encourage men to come forward and work with us in eradicating the abuse of alcohol in our communities,” he said. “We really hope they can join us and spearhead this as it has severe implications for this community.”
Gama further urged residents to report crime, especially missing children, as they no longer have to wait 24 hours to report a person as missing.
Traffic officer Chris Beyise shared tips on road safety and made special mention of safe areas where children should cross roads.
“We call on you, as parents, not to employ people to drive your cars without a licence,” he warned.
“You must also stop transporting your children to school in minibus taxis. Please take note of the driver behaviour involving these vehicles, as the life of your child depends on it.”