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Minister to open NC drug rehab centre


These facilities are owned and provided by government (limited), the non-governmental and private sector.

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THE NORTHERN Cape Substance Abuse Treatment Centre (NCSABT) will be officially opened by Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu today.

The first service users have been through the rehab programme at the state-of-the-art centre, which has already made the news after some service users “escaped” and were kicked out of the programme.

According to a press statement issued yesterday, the Department of Social Development submitted a bid in July 2013 to National Treasury to request funding to support anti-substance abuse services, which included both funding for prevention services (campaigns) and for the construction of treatment centres.

The allocations requested were in accordance with the prescripts of the Prevention of and Treatment of Substance Abuse Act 70 of 2008, which was proclaimed by the president in March 2013, and the National Drug Master Plan 2013-2017 that was approved by Cabinet in June 2013, the statement said.

The two documents advocate for the strengthening of prevention and treatment services. “Anti-substance abuse services in the above mentioned call for the provision of anti-substance interventions in line with the three pillars namely: supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction,” the statement said.

According to the statement, these facilities are owned and provided by government (limited), the non-governmental and private sector.

National Treasury made an allocation of R150 million in November 2013 for the construction of treatment centres over the Mid-term Economic Framework (MTEF) in four provinces.

The construction of the public in-patient treatment centre in the Northern Cape, namely, Northern Cape Substance Abuse Treatment Centre, was completed in February 2018 and phase three, consisting of a swimming pool, landscaping, stormwater management system, was completed in August 2018.

The centre has a bed capacity of 40 and opened its doors to the first intake of adult male service users on February 4 this year and the programme is designed around a structured twelve-week tested and approved programme.