Capricorn District Municipality joined the Limpopo Department of Social Development leading the Traditional Leaders Dialogue held at Ga-Dikgale Moshate under Polokwane Local Municipality on 10 October 2023.
The dialogue, held under the theme “Working together to eradicate poverty and other social ills”, is part of the Social Development Month. CDM is led by Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Strategic Executive Management Services (SEMS) Cllr Solly Mahlatji who also represented the MEC for Social Development Mme Nandi Ndalane.

“Capricorn District Municipality took a Council resolution to roll out Traditional Leaders Dialogues in all meshate in the district. We partnered with the department and various stakeholders to ensure that we create more awareness and educate our communities through dialogues,” said Cllr Solly Mahlatji addressing traditional leaders dialogue.

Kgoshi Dikgale appreciated the programme and said, “we need to engage openly about the challenge of GBV and HIV. The dialogue was led by Rathabeng Mamabolo from Father A Nation.  Mr Sekoti Dikgale representing traditional leaders, appealed to the department of Social Development to deploy Social Workers and station them permanently at Meshate, “We are the first point of contact whenever there are challenges,” said Dikgale.

“Don’t keep quite about Gender Based Violence that is rooted in our homes, the cases we deal with are shocking. Women, we are part of failing the system when we don’t protect our children and that perpetuate abusive behaviour in our families,” said Dr Siyani Marima from ANOVA Health Institute.

“Substance Abuse has been identified as a common driver of GBV and HIV. Traditional Leaders have a role to play towards building families and the community as a whole,” said Kgomo Maibele speaking on Establishment of monitoring and reporting system of healing and rehabilitation of survivors of GBVF and people living with HIV.

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