Eastern Cape stakeholders partner to build strong families

MAY 25, 2015

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government, the National Heritage Council and the South African Council of Churches have forged a partnership to restore family values at a launch organised by the Eastern Cape Departments of  Social Development and Education in Ngcobo.

This new model is part of the Provincial Government's efforts to address teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, fight gender-based violence and raise public awareness about rape and crime. 

"We need to invoke our own adored practices of ubuntu to build the nation , more especially at a time where there is erosion of African families because colonialism had a very dangerous impact. We need to reintroduce the role of a family because a family is the important corner stone of the nation,” said the CEO of the National Heritage Council, Sonwabile Mangcotywa.

The Eastern Cape Department Education said there is a need to rebuild family structures. Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, said leaners are impacted by their communities’ and families socio-economic problems.

“The major challenges facing children at schools you will realize that they do not originate from schools they originate from communities,” says Makuputla.

Churches have been urged to play a significant role in changing the collapsing family structures.

Mpumelelo Qwabaza, Provincial Secretary, South African Council of Churches, said problems faced in society are because of dysfunctional families.

“We are saying therefore we should all come back to the basics and build the families,” says Qwabaza.