11 March 2022

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini visited Mookgopong in Limpopo for a Community Outreach Programme, under the theme: Fighting Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in the era of COVID19.

The purpose of this programme was to support the awareness about socio-economic challenges facing women in that area during this difficult period.

Mookgophong is situated in the Waterberg District, Limpopo.  The main minerals available in this area are platinum and tin. Despite its beautiful geographical area, communities in and around are living under severe socioeconomic challenges.

These challenges are characterised by unemployment, drug and substances abuse such as nyaope etc, gender-based violence. In addressing these challenges, Government has a number of appropriate instruments and mechanisms.

For example, to combat drug and substance abuse, the National Drug Master Plan (NDMP) 2013-2017 is in place. It was drafted in accordance with the stipulations of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act (No 70 of 2008).

For combating GBV, the National Strategy Plan (NSP) on Gender Based Violence and Femicide (GBV& F) is in place. It is complemented by the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

With the advent of the COVID19 pandemic, South Africa experienced an exponential increase in forms of violence such as gruesome killings of women, girls and members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

All of these challenges form the basis of engagement in the dialogue that the Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini is holding with young people in Mookgophong today,

📸 Jacoline Schoonees (DIRCO)

The Diplomatic Informer
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