As we celebrate #AfricaDay2016, we look back at efforts by Planact to conscientize communities on the disconnect between the lack of service delivery and the presence of foreigners in their community.

On the 27th of April in 2015, a workshop to build capacity for Spring Valley community leaders turned into a massive Community Xenophobia Awareness Campaign through the solidarity of community members who turned up in large numbers to support the cause.

Community members turned up in large numbers

The event, with speakers from various organisations, political parties and government officials, reminded the community of the service delivery battles they have been fighting, and that foreign nationals have continuously been united with the local people during those times.

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Planact emphasised to the community members that the lack of basic services in Spring Valley was not related in any way to the presence of foreign nationals. The Nkangala District Municipality’s city official, Mduduzi Nkosi advised the community not to chase foreigners away as it will not yield any results towards receiving adequate service delivery.

This is one of Planact’s many contributions towards a united Africa.