With Easter approaching, the Pixley Ka Seme Cluster under the command of Brigadier Adonis, hosted the annual cluster event dubbed "Masikhothane Amanxeba" on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 at Hopetown. The Masikhothane Amanxeba is a poverty alleviation project whereby under privileged families are identified through the assistance of Department of Social Development and are given grocery hampers and fresh fish. This year, 15 families were identified. The project was first launched in 2012 in Phillipstown and is a multi-disciplinary approach whereby SAPS partnered with different stakeholders such as Department of Social Development, SASSA, Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Department of Education, Community Policing Forum and South African Police Union.
The objective of the project is to strengthen the relationship between the Police and the community and also encourage the community to work together with the police in the fight against crime by voluntarily come forth with information regarding crimes committed within the areas.
The event was attended by the Provincial Community Police Board Chairperson, Mr Homan, the Cluster Community Police Board Chairperson, Mrs Oliphant, Local Mayor, Councillor Brenda Mpamba and representative from Department of Social Development, Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, Department of Health and Department of Education.
It started with prayer done by the local reverend, Rev Haai and the Cluster Commander, Brigadier Adonis did the purpose whereby she alluded that this project is a way of SAPS showing the community that they care for them and through this they want to teach them how to sustain themselves through fishing rather than committing acts of crimes to feed their families.
The stakeholders present, rendered messages of support and all of them alluded the Cluster for the initiative and sustaining it for so long. The local Mayor, Mrs. Brenda Mpamba gave an address. She encouraged other stakeholders to be actively involved in this project through donating in order to reach more families that are under privileged.
The 15 families identified were given hampers courtesy of Social Development and SASSA and a fishing rod, life jacket and three fishes for each family from SAPS in order for them to continue fishing for themselves.