social development Department: Social Development PROVINCE OF KWAZULU-NATAL
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Social Development Mrs. Weziwe Thusi
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Welfare is tackling the scourge of drugs and substance abuse by advocating an integrated approach under the umbrella of Premier Dr. Zweli Mkhize’s Operation Sukuma Sakhe! This means that communities, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), ward committees and local municipalities, provincial government departments, national government departments and agencies as well as all other stakeholders all work together in ﬁghting drugs and substance abuse. A key focus area of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development’s approach to ﬁghting the scourge of drug and substance abuse is the development and investment in youth empowerment programmes. The high rate of unemployment, lack of access to education and other social ills faced by the youth has focused government’s intention on prioritizing youth empowerment initiatives, speciﬁcally the following priority target groups: • • • • •
Young Women Youth Living with Disabilities Unemployed Youth Youth out of School Youth in Rural Areas
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Youth-headed Households Youth at Risk Youth at Conﬂict with the Law Youth Abusing Drugs Youth at Risk of All Abuse
The importance of the family unit in the integrated approach to combat drug and substance abuse cannot be underestimated and therefore the Department of Social Development aims to improve the quality of household life and strengthen family units. A basket of services and interventions has been developed and is being implemented to respond to a wide spectrum of different types of families in the province. In his State of the Province Address, Premier Dr. Zweli Mkhize directed that drastic measures be taken to address the issue of drug and substance abuse. The integration and alignment of resources must translate into effective service delivery at local level through: • The establishment of a Provincial Substance Abuse Forum • The strengthening of Local Drug Action Committees • The development of a Provincial Master Plan to combat Drug and Substance Abuse Next year is the International Year of the Family and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development will be at the forefront of working hand in hand with all stakeholders to combat drugs and substance abuse and working with communities to build strong family units. We serve with humility!
HELP CENTRES AND PROGRAMMES FUNDED AND MONITORED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MURCHISON South Coast, Inpatient Treatment Centre, Sitholimpilo Rehabilitation Centre, Murchison, 082 476 7436 / 039 687 7655 TONGAAT Half Way House, Haven of Rest, No 58 Hospital Road Break Village Tongaat, 032 9446364 DURBAN Inpatient Treatment Centre for children under 18 years, SANCA Warman House, 185 Vause Road Berea Durban, 031 202 2241 Inpatient Treatment Centre for children under 18 years, Siyakhula Treatment Centre - 222 Manning Rd Durban, 031 201 1301/2 Half Way House, Refocus Upliftment Foundation, 233 Spencer Road, Clare Estate, 031 269 3662 PIETERMARITZBURG Out Patient Treatment and prevention, SANCA Umsunduzi, 136 Hoosen Haffajee Street, 033 345 4173 LADYSMITH Out Patient Treatment and prevention, SANCA Northern KwaZulu-Natal, Goga Building, Alexander Road, Ladysmith, 036 637 5677 / 074 583 6221 EMPANGENI Out Patient Treatment and prevention, SANCA Zululand, 12 Jenner Road, Inyala Park Empangeni, 3880, 035 772 3290 NONGOMA Out Patient Treatment and prevention, SANCA Nongoma, Next to Nongoma Magistrate Court, 035 831 0677 MHLABUYALINGANA Community based services, Ophondweni Youth Development Initiative, Ophondweni Area, Next to Ophondweni Clinic, 082 216 2930 NEWCASTLE Out Patient Treatment, SANCA-Newcastle, 57 Patterson Street, Newcastle, 034 312 3641(T) / 086 564 4328(F) PRIVATE TREATMENT CENTERS RAMSGATE Inpatient Treatment Centre (currently in the process of being registered), South Coast Recovery Centre, Lot 12773 Chiddingstone Drive Rams Gate, 039 314 4777 PHOENIX Inpatient Treatment Centre, Prydon Clinic, 506 Stonebridge Drive, Phoenix, Durban, 031 502 3560 MALVERN Inpatient Treatment Centre, Tranquillity Life Centre, 87 Spencer Road, Malvern, 031 463 1093 MEREBANK Inpatient Treatment Centre, Serenity Addiction Treatment Unit, 23-25 Punjab Circle, Mere bank, Durban, 031 462 7026 GLENWOOD Inpatient Treatment Centre, Assisted Recovery Centre’s of Africa (PTY) Ltd, No.1 Exmouth Avenue, Glenwood, Durban, 031 261 5515 STATE MANAGED TREATMENT CENTRES MADADENI Inpatient treatment, Madadeni Rehabilitation Centre, E9309, Section 5, Madadeni, 2951, 034 329 2011 DURBAN, NEWLANDS Inpatient treatment, Newlands Park Rehabilitation Centre, Inpatient treatment, 031 578 3992