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10/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/03/2019 02:27

Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu opens Kgomotso Community Care Centre in North West, 4 Oct

Kgomotso Community Care Centre to provide care and support services for orphans, vulnerable children and child-headed households in Greater Taung Municipality

As part of this year's Social Development Month programme, the Deputy Minister of Social Development, Ms Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, will on Friday, 4 October 2019 officially open Kgomotso Community Care Centre under the Greater Taung Local Municipality, North West Province.

Kgomotso, which means comfort in Setswana is the second of the 6 community care centres in the North West Province established with financial and technical assistance from the German state-owned development corporation, KfW. Through this partnership, the Department has built 17 community care centres in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and North West.

The centres will provide psychosocial care and support services and skills development to orphans and vulnerable children, including child-headed households and youth. The centres will also serve as service points to bring government services on the doorstep of rural communities. This will include services rendered by the Departments of Social Development, Home Affairs, Health and public entities such as SASSA and NDA amongst others.

The goal of building community care centres in rural communities is to enhance the quality of services to orphans and vulnerable children within their own communities of origin and to complement existing child protection interventions and services such as Home Community Based Care, drop-in centres, Isibindi, child care forums and early childhood development.

The approach seeks to strengthen families and communities as the first line of response in the care and support of vulnerable children as guided by the White Paper on Families and South Africa's National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Human Immuno Virus (HIV), Tuberculosis (TB) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) 2017-2022.

The mandate of the Department of Social Development is to implement Goal 4 of the NSP, which seeks to address the social and structural drivers of HIV, TB and STIs as well as to reduce the impact of the epidemics on children.

Under the Home Community Based Care programme, the Department renders early identification, psychosocial support and referrals for orphans and vulnerable children as well as capacity building programmes for community caregiver groups and facilitation of support groups.

Members of the media are invited to attend and cover the official opening of Kgomotso Community Care Centre arranged as follows:

Date: Friday, 4 October 2019
Time: 10h00-14h00
Venue: Taung, Greater Taung Local Municipality, North West Province

Members of the media interested in covering and attending the ceremony can RSVP:
Nomfundo Xulu-Lentsoane
Cell: 066 480 6845
E-mail: -mail [email protected]

Petrus Siko
Cell: 083 647 0668
E-mail: [email protected]