WOMAN GIVES UP JOB TO OPEN KATSI YOUTH IN ACTION
By: Nqobile Maphalala
A woman gave up her job to start an anti-drug facility at Kwadabeka, Zimbambeleni Old Age home.
Zipho Mkhize, who holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Social Work from the University of South Africa, resigned from her job as an occupational therapist at Entabeni Hospital after
working for nine months.
Mkhize, founder of Katsi Youth in Action, said that as a mother of two children she made this sacrifice so she can educate young people in Clermont about the danger of substance
“Losing my brother to a drug overdose and the fear of watching my son go down the same path, I decided to open up this community organization,” said Mkhize.
Former drug addict, Zakhele Mtshali from Kwadabeka, came to Katsi Youth in Action for help after he had been using drugs for 14 years.
Mtshali said that he has been clean for the last 2months and is grateful for the help he received at Katsi Youth in Action Centre.
“For four years I have been using marijuana and for 10 years on the whoonga drug.
At some point I ended up shifting to mandrax, but had not quit whoonga,” said Mtshali.
Hombakazi Nophakela, social worker at the centre, said that she adores being a social worker, listening to people’s problems and trying to find a solution to their problems.
“Being a social worker is the most challenging yet interesting job. It is very challenging, because it comes with lots of work and having to listen to people’s problems although it’s
interesting to hear them open up to you about their problem,” said Nophakela.
A message to the youth by the Katsi Youth in Action organization is that those who have not started using drugs; they should not dare think of using them.
To those who already use them, they should come for help.