Madibeng Centre for Research


Presentation of substance use program with Mayor and Deputy Minister

In a momentous meeting of minds, Mr. Moatshe, a dedicated advocate for community welfare, found himself in the company of two distinguished individuals: Executive Mayor CLLR Douglas Maimane and Deputy Minister of Human Settlement Ms. Pamela Tshwete. The agenda for this gathering was none other than MCR’s visionary substance use program. It was a day marked by promise, the exchange of ideas, and the potential to bring about profound change.

Beyond the usual protocols, Mr. Moatshe went a step further. He extended a gift of special significance to Mayor Maimane: a personally signed copy of the book titled “Bonds of Justice.” This literary work chronicles the remarkable journey of a group of young individuals hailing from Oukasie, the township adjacent to Brits, during the tumultuous years spanning 1980 to 2000. This gesture wasn’t just an exchange of literature; it was a symbol of unity and an acknowledgment of the shared history that binds communities together.

At the heart of the discussion was MCR’s substance use program, a project that embodies the organization’s unwavering commitment to societal betterment. The program’s overarching goal is to provide comprehensive support to those ensnared by the grasp of substance use. However, it doesn’t stop there. It recognizes that the impact of addiction ripples through families and communities, leaving no one untouched. Hence, the program employs a holistic public health approach, bringing healthcare directly to the doorstep of those who need it most.

The significance of this approach lies in its fundamental premise: the idea that healthcare should be accessible to all, regardless of their circumstances. Substance use disorders can affect anyone, transcending socioeconomic boundaries. By adopting a public health approach, MCR endeavors to break down barriers and stigma associated with addiction, making it easier for individuals and their families to seek help.

The collaboration between MCR and Mayor Maimane’s office holds immense promise. Both entities share a common vision of fostering thriving, healthier communities. This partnership represents a powerful alliance that could catalyze transformative change.

Mayor Maimane’s office, with its influence and resources, brings a wealth of opportunities to the table. It can provide the necessary infrastructure, support, and reach to make the substance use program more effective and far-reaching. Moreover, the mayor’s involvement lends credibility and authority to the initiative, potentially reducing the stigma associated with seeking help for substance use disorders.

On the flip side, MCR brings its extensive experience and passion to the collaboration. Its grassroots approach and deep community ties make it uniquely positioned to understand the nuanced needs of individuals struggling with substance use. The organization’s commitment to bringing healthcare directly to the people aligns perfectly with the public health approach at the core of the substance use program.

As we look to the future, excitement and optimism permeate the air. The potential impact of this collaboration is vast, touching the lives of countless individuals and families within the community. It signifies a commitment to addressing a pressing issue that affects not only the individuals grappling with addiction but also the society that surrounds them.

In conclusion, the meeting between Mr. Moatshe, Mayor Maimane, and Deputy Minister Tshwete was not just a gathering of individuals; it was a convergence of visionaries, each driven by a passion to make a positive difference. With MCR’s substance use program and the mayor’s office poised to join forces, the future holds great promise for the communities they serve. It is a testament to the power of collaboration, unity, and the unwavering belief that positive change is not only possible but also within reach.