Tuesday, May 29, 2007

City to divert funds for Youth Day to rehabilitation

By Tarryn Le Chat
29 May 2007

The City of Cape Town has decided to move funds for entertainment, events and catering for Youth Month celebrations to drug rehabilitation centres instead.

The estimated amount to be allocated is approximately R700 000.

According to mayoral spokesperson, Robert MacDonald, the money will be used to replicate the kind of work being done at the Sultan Bahu rehabilitation centres in Mitchell’s Plain and Hanover Park.

“The Sultan Bahu Centres run a six week programme for the rehabilitation of between 40 and 50 youth trying to recover from drug addiction”, says MacDonald. The centre treats people who are referred to them by courts, families and through self-voluntary acts.

However, the City of Cape Town will still support two events on Youth day (16 June), this being the Cape Town Book Fair and the Chaeli Fundraiser for disabled youth.

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