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KIMBERLEY – Two new drug rehabilitation centres will be unveiled in the Northern Cape by the end of June this year. Speaking during a briefing session with Pastor Mohau Shuping of Sanctuary Ministries, MEC for Social Development, Gift van Staden said government is going to have a centre in each district of the province. He said efforts will be bolstered in improving networking and coordination from within the department in its dealings with varied stakeholders. MEC van Staden gleefully announced that the appointment of staff for the department’s Kimberley based Northern Cape Substance Abuse Centre will be prioritised. “The centre will be up and running by end June. We have set aside a budget of R80 million as we are going to undertake extensions for an out-patient facility in addition to the 40 in-bed facility.”

The Pastor Shuping said the Kuruman Sanctuary Drug Rehabilitation Centre which has been constructed on a six-hectare piece of land at Mokalamosesane near Kuruman will be unveiled end of April. “We acquired lottery sponsorship to the tune of R17 million which we channelled towards the centre’s construction of a 20 in-bed facility with recreational amenities and an administration block. We happy that MEC van Staden will conduct an inspection visit ahead of its opening in April.” The Head of the MEC’s office Neo Maneng will be facilitating a series of meetings between Pastor Shuping and the John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust amid a plea that the centre be sponsored with a largescale sports facility. Pastor Shuping emphasised that in their pursuit of opening an additional drug rehabilitation centre in Kimberley, theirs is cooperate with government. “Our partnership with government is central in the sustainability of each of the centres we are to build and that’s exactly what the lottery as our sponsors want.”

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