2011 FOCUS AREAS
We have highlighted the following priority CIVIC SUPPORT FOCUS Areas, which we intent to concentrate on this year.
a. MONITORING : Working hand in hand with DMPSP (www.dmpsp.org) We intend to increase our monitoring activities around issues which lead to displacement. Specifically those of informal settlements which are prone to Flooding, Fires and xenophobic violence / political Instability.
In 2010 we saw an increase in Xenophobic Attitudes and incidents of violence which has primarily been focused on Foreign Traders.
We will also be monitoring politically related violence in South Africa as we head up towards the Local Govt Elections this year.
As the deadline for registration of Zimbabweans expired on the 31 Dec 2010, we intent to increase our monitoring with regards to Repatriation Activities being undertaken by the South African Govt. Specifically we will monitor the activities around arrests by the Police and Home Affairs, as well as keeping a close eye on the activities taking place at the Lindela Detention and Repatriation Centre.
We will also be expanding our monitoring and assessment activities to Cape Town this Year.
b. INTERVENTIONS : In 2010 MILITIA and DMPSP started conducting conflict resolution interventions in areas that had been affected by Xenophobic Violence. We intend to increase such interventions this year in order to prevent any displacement through violence. We will be conducting awareness campaigns and workshops in communities in order to assist in bringing about community cohesion and tolerance.
c. SHELTER KITS : Our experience with issues of displacement, as well as having noted that there is a lack of availability of shelters to accommodate people that have been displaced, has necessitated that we acquire and have on standby SHELTER KIT’s to deploy at any time to places where shelter is immediately required for displaced people.
In 2010 alone we experienced about half a dozen major incidents of displacement in Gauteng Province alone, proper emergency shelters where hardly available and hundreds of people were left homeless and without any shelter for days before any assistance could reach them.
We would like to have Emergency Shelter Kits that we can deploy at a moment’s notice to immediately provide vulnerable people with shelter and assistance.
d. Militia Cadets : In 2010 we initiated the cadet program for the youth. This year we intend to make this youth program a priority and ensure that we expand it throughout Gauteng and further afield.