Tshwane partners with UP to tackle drugs abuse

Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga. Photo: Michel Bega

The city of Tshwane has partnered with the University of Pretoria to tackle the scourge of drug abuse in the country’s capital city.

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Pretoria has over the years become a target for drug lords and traders alike and the situation has now reached boiling point.

The city’s mayor Solly Msimanga has now decided to go the academic way in a bid to find a solution to the problem.

“The important aspect of this project is that it has initiated a significant shift in the approach to dealing with substance abuse,” said Msimanga.

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Msimanga expressed confidence that the project’s different approach will yield positive results.

“This project doesn’t just look at sending offenders to jail or short-term rehabilitation programmes which often do not provide long-term solutions. We are now looking at community oriented primary care, brief interventions and a needle exchange programme that will be central to this approach,” added Msimanga.

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