Story By: Botlhale Lebogo
Drug addiction particularly Nyaope addiction in South Africa is a nightmare to many families, business owners, and the government. Gauteng is one of the provinces where Nyaope addiction is high, with places like Mabopane, Soshanguve, Hammanskraal and Pretoria CBD are hotspots for Nyaope users.
Emmanuel Mangena is the programme manager of Speak Less Do More Youth Development (SDYD) which looks to make Madidi a drug free community.
The non-profit organisation established in 2015 specializes in educating people about the dangers of using drugs.
The organisation main focus is to help the youth of Madidi just outside Pretoria to get rid of the evil that is currently targeting the youth.
Mangena is working together with SDYD founders Kgadi Moagi and Sello Seemela in running the organisation.
The organisation is self-funded by the founders out of their own pockets, and is currently looking for funding in order for it to run successfully.
Currently, the organisation is running an awareness campaign on the dangers of using drugs be it legal or illegal drugs.
“It is best to start at a grassroots level if you want to win this battle of drug abuse,” said Mangena.
Speak Less Do More Youth Development (SDYD) visits local schools in the area to warn learners about the dangers of using and abusing drugs.
Moagi one of the founders is determined to help her community to be drug-free and she is doing so because of her love of her community.
“We were persuaded by the passion we have for helping our beloved community,” said Moagi. The organisation encourages parents who have children who are abusing drugs and drug users themselves to seek help at SDYD office at Moagi General Dealer (Pepsi building) during office hours.