2018

Day of Action 2018

City: Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria
Organisations: South Africa Network of People who Use Drugs (SANPUD). With TB HIV Care, OUT and Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.

In Pretoria, a football match was held between a Support. Don’t Punish team and the University of Pretoria.
In Cape Town, we held an awareness campaign in conjunction with Hope House and the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre. This was held in a local, under privileged High School and was attended by community members, youth and the community. Information about the campaign was shared and a discussion held with Mr Mac Kenzie who is the Ward Counsellor in the area. This Community of Bonteheuwel has a very high prevalence of substance use especially amongst young adults. The theme of the day was Keep School Doors open, Keep Prison Doors Closed.
In Durban, a cake-off competition was held at our drop-in Centre and PWUD community members were divided into 4 teams and had a competition as to who could create the best Support. Don’t Punish cake. The cake was then sliced and distributed amongst the homeless and PWUD community. This day was a great success and attended by PWUD members and their families.

2017

Day of Action 2017

In Cape Town there was a joint awareness campaign with the Mitchells Plain Community Policing Forum, In Durban there was a march through the streets to the drop in centre and in Tshwane (Pretoria) there was the first football game with the SDP football team. Actions were coordinated by TBHIV Care, Urban Futures Centre, OUT Wellbeing, Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.

Read the full report here

Media Coverage:

People’s Post, 4 July 2017: Help addicts, don’t crucify them

2016

Day of Action 2016

In Cape Town, the TB/HIV Care Association organised a community march which started at the Eastridge premices of the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre and move through the community of Mitchells Plain – an area reported to have the highest levels of drug use and gangsterism in South Africa. During the march, a number of signatures were collected in support of the campaign. Other activities included participation in the interactive photo project by the Cape Town drug user network.

An event was also organised in Durban, at the Durban University of Technology, including knowledge sharing and cultural activities with poetry, maskandi, pop and jazz artists, short talks from experts and personal stories from current and former drug users. Local celebrities and the cardinal also gave messages of support for the campaign.

For more information about the events that took place throughout South Africa this year, click here to read the full report.

Media coverage