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Despite having lost their belongings and struggling to make ends meet, it was a day of receiving recently for two Durban South residents.

Various household items and clothing were donated to Crisis Careline in Merebank in an initiative to assist the needy. These donations came from a Bluff family, the Singhs, who took it upon themselves to clean out all their unwanted clothes and belongings, which filled up their car boot, and donated it to the Crisis Careline Centre.

One Merebank pensioner who received part of the donations had lost all her belongings during the heavy rainfall when her flat was flooded. She lives alone with her two sons who she supports on a basic grant as her husband died two years ago. Desperate for help she said she approached Cllr Ebrahim Shaik for assistance.

The second beneficiary was Wentworth resident Beula Applegreen who was struggling to make ends meet who also approached Cllr Shaik for assistance.

The donations were handed to the two residents recently at the Crisis Careline.

Shaik appealed to members of the community for further donations of unwanted furniture to assist those in need.

For more information contact Shaik on (031) 468 1083


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Needy school children in the Durban South Area were given some Christmas cheer recently when they received school uniform gift vouchers.

This initiative saw 60 children from 60 schools from Umlazi, Lamontville, Wentworth, Merebank, Isipingo and the informal settlement of Malukazi each receive a R500 gift voucher to purchase school uniforms for the new year.

The project was initiated by members of the SAPREF Community Liaison Forum (CFL) who opted to forego traditional year end celebration in favour of uplifting the children in the community in some way.

“In the true spirit of Christmas they felt the funds go towards a worthy cause and it was decided to assist underprivileged children with school uniforms,” explained SAPREF’s sustainable development manager, Lindiwe Khuzwayo.

SAPREF provided funding for 50 of the R500 vouchers and five vouchers came from private donors connected to SAPREF. “The recipients of the vouchers all come from severely deprived backgrounds. To identify the most needy learner at each school, SAPREF worked with teachers who mange the Department of Education’s programme for Orphans and Vulnerable Children at the various schools,” said Khuzwayo.

The CLF has been instrumental in developing various social initiatives such as training for community leaders and soccer development for school learners.

Source: Southern Star

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The Proud Parents Taking Action programme is a project of the eThekwini Municipality’s South Durban Basin (SDB) Area Based Management. The programme will be implemented and offered free of charge to parents in the communities of the SDB. Eurakha Singh, Social Development Manager at the SDB ABM indicated that parents in the SDB are confronted with various social, psychological and practical issues that make it difficult to successfully parent their offspring.

Singh said:“Furthermore, children in this area are confronted with a host of undesirable influences that potentially have a negative influence on their development. Crime, violence, divorce, singleparent homes, reconstituted families, poverty, substance misuse, HIV/AIDS, gangsterism and teenage pregnancy, are some of the issues that are commonly faced in the SDB.” As a result of these difficulties in the home and community many children, develop behavioural problems which are exhibited in the home, in school and during interaction with the wider community.

These problems include but are not limited to: a lack of respect for authority figures, school refusal and truancy, under-performance at school and in the home, aggression and violence, substance abuse, early sexual activity (resulting in teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmissible infections) gangster activity and criminal behaviour. “The South Durban Basin ABM acknowledges the seriousness and the complexity of the challenges faced and knows there is no quick fix or immediate solution”, said Singh.

The programme stresses that a parent’s love needs to be balanced with adequate guidance, discipline and boundary-setting in order for the child to receive adequate parenting and develop into a mature, responsible adult. Phase two of the Proud Parenting Programme is scheduled to commence on June from 6pm to 8:30pm or at a time deemed suitable and agreed by the group of parents and facilitator. “In view of the specific nature of phase two, we have assembled a project team, who has a wealth of experience in their areas of expertise.

Our project team is multi-disciplinary, and includes individuals in the fields of psychology, social and probation work.

Contact Beverly Palmer of Bathathu Consulting on 082 324 7160. Those interested can also contact Gail Richards on 0836455901 or Priscilla Fynn on 031 4613793.

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