The Department of Social Development will be opening a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in Clarens which is in the Eastern Free State. The MEC, Me’ Sisi Ntombela; Provincial and District Managers visited the centre for the fourth time in March this year to verify progress on renovations and to check the state of readiness for the launch of the Centre in June 2016. The newly revitalized Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre in Clarens, is in the territory of Dihlabeng Municipality – Thabo-Mofutsanyane District and it is expected to accommodate about 40 clients for a period of 6 months.
The centre will be named after the struggle Icon; Christiaan Frederick Beyers Naudé who was a South African cleric, theologian and the leading Afrikaner anti-apartheid activist. He was known simply as Beyers Naudé, or more colloquially, Oom Bey.
MEC, Sisi Ntombela invited the newly appointed Social workers to the centre and outlined the importance of the Social Work profession within the Department. She reminded Social Workers to adhere to the Social Work code of conduct and never to lose sight of what the Profession stands for. She made an example of few utterances which were made by social workers in the social media to name a few. She said Social Workers have to conduct themselves responsibly and with integrity, and to place their professional interest before their personal considerations. She also applauded them for choosing such a noble profession which serves from cradle to grave.
The MEC issued tools of trade, cell-phones and laptops to the newly appointed Social Workers who did not get the laptops in Tweeling last year in November. She also pleaded with them not to misuse the airtime at their disposal as it is meant for enabling them to communicate with the departmental clients and stakeholders and made them aware that the laptops issued to them are state property issued under their care. MEC mentioned that some of the Social Workers were given laptops whilst they were students and they can’t expect the department to give them another laptops unless there is evidence that they are faulty and cannot be fixed. A total of 56-laptops to the tune of R557 144-00 was spend to procure the laptops for new social workers only.
The South African Brewery (SAB) represented by Mr. Sylvester Ndaba made a commitment to assist towards the reconstruction and renovation of the Rehabilitation Centre, as well as to equip the computer centre that will cater for skills development and the gym for the people who will be admitted at the centre.