VANDERBIJLPARK. – The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (SANCA) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the treatment, awareness and prevention of substance dependence within all nine provinces of South Africa.
With more than 60 years’ experience in this field, it is one of the leading organisations fighting the ever increasing substance abuse problem in the country. SANCA Vaal Triangle provides outpatient treatment, prevention and awareness programmes in the Vaal Triangle. During SANCA’s Drug Awareness Week, June 23 – 30 the SANCA After Care Group, in partnership with the Dove Art Centre, completed a community project to transform the outside wall of the clinic, bordering Einstein Street in Vanderbijlpark.
The art work is complex and intriguing, and aimed at raising awareness on substance misuse. The design was created by artist Linzey van der Westhuizen from the Dove Art Centre.
According to Magriet Botha, director of SANCA Vaal Triangle, the mural represents the journey of addiction; it embraces two aspects, the dark side of addiction, and the light at the conclusion of recovery. “Substance dependence is a complicated issue, hence the multifaceted mural, which purposes to give an insight into the addict’s world and to explain the ongoing battle that an addict faces on a daily basis,” says Ms Botha.
SANCA invites the community to come and experience this inspirational art work.
“Maybe this artistic message will motivate people to choose life and grasp the opportunity of addiction treatment at SANCA Vaal Triangle.” Promac Paints in Silvertondale, Pretoria generously sponsored the paint. SANCA Vaal would like to thank all the role players, who participated and contributed.
“By gaining an understanding into the difficulties related to substance abuse, we take a step closer to reducing the incidence of substance dependency within our country,” says Ms Botha.
* SANCA Vaal can be contacted on (016) 933-2055.
During Drug Awareness Week SANCA and community members put yellow ribbons on trees to illustrate their unity against substance abuse. Jenny Delport decorated hundreds of trees with yellow ribbons herself. Pictured from left are Nomvula Hlophe (community development worker), Magriet Botha (director, SANCA Vaal Triangle) and Zanele Yende (senior community development worker).