Nelspoort Advice and Development Centre Office

The Nelspoort Advice and Development centre was established in 1998 to offer access to justice to the poor communities of Nelspoort and surrounding areas. Nelspoort is a rural town about 600 km from Cape Town in the direction of Johannesburg and 50km from Beaufort West. Its main focus is to raise the community awareness of the human rights through workshops and interaction with individuals in the community. The advice office is one of the established LDA which was contracted by SCAT to mentor and support newly established, emerging and developing LDAs in the Western Cape. They were as well participants in the Community Mapping and Appraisal program (CMAP) which was implement by SCAT in partnership with the Black Sash. Nelspoort advice office is also one of the longest funded organisations within SCAT. They were initially funded by SCAT since 2002. They are currently funded by SCAT, the National Lotteries Fund Board, the Departments of Health and Agriculture. Their flagship project is the Hospice which they have staff providing palliative and support to TB patients. To this extent they have on staff, 1 Professional Nurse, an Auxiliary nurse and 11 Community Based Carers taking care of these patients.

Governance and management

Nelspoort Advice and Development centre is governed by a management committee of 5 members and has a staff complement of 3 people plus 1 Volunteer. Ms Claudia van Staden is the Office manager assisted by and office administrator. As mentioned the Hospice has 2 nurses and 11 Home Based carers. 

Main activities of the LDA

The main programs and activities are:

  • Para legal services to members of their community and surrounding areas.
  • Home based care support program
  • Orphaned and Vulnerable children’s support programs
  • Feeding scheme for destitute children
  • Job creation project in the form of a bakery 
  • Community based care for TB patients

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

  • Feeding scheme for 100 children in the community
  •  Managing and providing care to TB patients for over 5 years
  • Sustainably running a bakery to supply fresh bread in the community to local Spaza shops, individuals, etc., and providing employment for 4 people
  • Raised funding to provide 30 learners in the community with a pair of school shoes