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2022/06/13      |  Written By:  Lieutenant Colonel C Esterhuizen   |   Province:  North West

In a tight knot with addiction? Kick the habit this June and start living again.

This strong message was delivered: whether it is cigarettes, drugs, alcohol or whatever your addiction: kick it out of your life.  The message was echoed during the Substance Awareness Month activity at Kanana Police Station. 

Although 26 June is the International day against drug abuse, the station decided to use June month as an awareness month against substance abuse. The station, under the Vispol Commander, Lt Col Esterhuizen in collaboration with SANPARK (a rehabilitation centre in Klerksdorp) held a substance awareness campaign on Wednesday, 8 June 2022.

The objective of the event is to prevent substance abuse, before it starts and to educate employees about the risks, consequences and inform them about available interventions.  Substance abuse often leads to Gender Based Violence (GBV) and many other social ills that needs to be addressed timeously.

Substance abuse affect employees, the employer as well as family and friends and it is imperative that members are sensitised of the signs and the available help.

The dress code of the day on a cold winter’s morning, was yellow which symbolises a ray of sunshine.  Yellow ribbons were also distributed to show members’ unity and support for this cause.  The event started with Reverend Mofokeng opening the event with a powerful Word of God, and reminded members of the source of inner power and strength.

It was again emphasised that substance abuse can ruin one’s life which is way too precious to be lost to substance abuse. Further that early identification of warning signs can assist one to seek help before the abuse gets out of hand. The members were very positive about the activity. Despite their everyday challenges, they still see the good, the beauty and the love in their daily tasks.

Two social workers from SANPARK, Erica Mantseki and Kelly Anne Essop, shared some valuable information with all in attendance.  Community members who passed by, stopped and listened to gain information from the presentation. Several questions were asked with employees actively participating. The session concluded with employees enjoying warm coffee and had fun with the photo props to prove that one can still have fun and enjoy an event without alcohol or drugs.


Substance Awareness Month activity at Kanana Police Station.
Substance Awareness Month activity at Kanana Police Station.