12 traditional healers to receive PPE in KZN
A commitment made in 2018 between Department of Social Development and the National House of Traditional healers birthed a Rock Leadership programme.
This programme aims at fuelling traditional healers in the response to HIV& AIDS and Gender Based Violence.
However, with the COVID-19 elephant in the room, National Lotteries Commission (NLC) funded Social Development and Change Richmond Foundation and they will be distributing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to 12 traditional healers. This will be done throughout the month of September starting on Thursday.
The first traditional healer to receive PPE is Inkosi Khumalo in Uthukela District. The PPE will also be distributed in regions like Richmond, Mkhambathini, Bulwer, Umsunduzi, iLembe, eThekwini and uLundi.
A Durban based traditional healer Zolela Monakali said she did not know about the initiative however, it is a good start.
“I just hope this is the start of something big and the recognition of traditional medicine,” said Monakali.
Another traditional healer, Khangelani Nkosi said he hopes the spirit of this initiative does not die along the way due to the greediness of the people in positions with power.
“I am happy, but I also don’t trust our government in handling of anything that involves money. I would ask why only 12 traditional healers, but the elders say something is better than nothing,” said Nkosi.
Social Development Deputy Minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said this aims as recognising the role of traditional houses in the communities.
“The intention of the distribution is to highlight the urgency and importance of Tribal Authorities in rural communities and the continued functioning of these offices as well as structures within a COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bogapane-Zulu.
Bogapane-Zulu said the initiative is part of a collection of the Social and Behaviour Change Programmes (SBC) which includes programmes like Yolo, ChommY, Ke Moja amongst others.
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