Friday, 26 November 2021

Harrismith: On Thursday; 25 November 2021, the Campaign of 16 Days of Activism awareness campaign kicked off in Harrismith.

In the 3 weeks leading up to the launch, Warrant Officer Marius Swart worked with a Community Development Practitioner of the Department of Health, Mrs Rita Annandale in order to mobilise the community in and around Harrismith for this campaign.

N3 Road – Harrismith

In 2015 a Harrismith farmer was brutally attacked and raped on her farm outside Harrismith.

This year, is as been one year since the finalization of her court case in which the perpetrator was found guilty and sentenced.

The farmer pledged her support to the mobilisation effort in Harrismith and decorated a tree on her farm, next to the N3 road, in Orange ribbons. Orange is the colour of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. The slogan is:

“Orange the world: End violence against women now!”

On 25 November 2021, Warrant Officer Swart and Mrs Annandale visited the tree outside Harrismith in honour of the campaign and this brave survivor.

Harriston School

One of the schools in Harrismith, Harriston School, also responded to the mobilisation.

They decorated trees in front of the school in Orange and the staff and learners were all wearing orange ribbons showing their support.

Radio & TV World

A local Business who responded to the mobilisation is Radio and TV World.

Mrs Eleanor Quinta decorated a water tank outside the reception area all in Orange with a message ‘Stop GBV’.

Makholokoeng Clinic Awareness Campaign

Warrant Officer Swart and Mrs Annandale held an Awareness Campaign in the tribal area of Makholokoeng, outside Harrismith.

At the clinic, visitors were addressed, flyers distributed and posters handed over for use in the clinic.