concern about the number of pupils hooked on the highly addictive
drug called TIK.
provincial government launched its “Choose 2 Live” campaign at the
Manenberg High School on the Cape Flats.
The aim is to send out messages about the dangers of the drug, Crystal
Methamphetamines (TIK), to school children.
Spokesperson for the department, Makhaya Mani, said the campaign was
necessary, because the drug problem was reaching dangerous levels.
“The government could not fold its arms when drug abuse was holding
parents, educators and the community hostage.
“The only thing people talk out on the Cape Flats is “TIK TIK TIK”.
“It is a
buzzword that has had an impact on our townships and the Western
Cape,” he said.
The Medical Research Council says that the number of learners abusing
drugs in the province is much higher than in the rest of the country.
It also found that more youngsters in the province drank before the
age of 13.
in two males and one in five females in grade 11 in Cape Town got
drunk over the past two weeks,” read the review.
“These statistics are worrying and we are very concerned,” said Mani.
Meanwhile, the campaign will be rolled out to other schools in the
Western Cape. Clive Ndou
Constance Nxumalo of the Social Development
Department on 012 312 7448
to drugs! Yes to life!
the message the Free State Social Development Department is sending
out to young people in the province.
pressure, poverty and unemployment are some of the reasons why young
people become addicted to drugs.
department recently launched the “Kemoja! — No thanks, I am fine
without drugs” campaign. It educates the youth on the dangers of drug
abuse. It is also aimed at encouraging those who are already using
drugs to quit.