Touwsrivier Advice office

Touwsrivier Advice office was established in 2014 and based in Touwsrivier a small rural farming town along the N1 to Johannesburg, about 160km from Cape Town. The organisation was established for the community by Montague Advice office which was a SCAT funded organisation at that time. This was in response to the needs of the community and the distance between the two towns, i.e. Montague and Touwsrivier. Their vision is “a society where individuals, families and communities are able to attain and sustain their own economic, emotional, spiritual and physical needs”.  To achieve this organisation focuses on street children, paralegal services to their community, support programs for disabled community members, distribution of information such as SASSA dates and general information and a safe space for youth develop and grow. A new committee was elected in 2015 and has still finding their feet around governance and organisational management responsibilities. The previous board of management have with the support of the SCAT Field worker and Montague advice office done a lot in making sure that system and processes are in place in the area of NPO compliance, financial management and general organisational management.

Governance and management

The advice office has a management board consisting of 7 members drawn from the community with 1 staff member and a volunteer. 

 Main activities of the LDA

The main activities of the organization are:

  • Para legal services to members of their community and surrounding areas.
  • Youth development programs and activities around issues of substance abuse, and life skills training
  • Women and child abuse support programs 

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Here are some of the organisations highlights or achievements.

  • Participated in the workshop on Xenophobia organized by the Department of Social Development.
  • There is an increase in the awareness of the services and assistance that the office can offer as demonstrated by the increasing number of individuals visiting the office since its inception.
  • Assisted 48 farm workers with their labour dispute issues with 24 of the cases resolved.