African traditional health practitioners are an important source of health care for many South Africans. Thus, they are a health resource in this society. However, the integration of traditional health practitioners into the mainstream of health care is a complex process. Various factors contribute to this complexity, including the skepticism and reservation with which some people view traditional healers and health practitioners.
Last week, the Municipality of Westonaria Gauteng hosted the Gauteng Department of Health as it formally integrating Traditional healing and Western medicine streams together. The Sports Complex hall was fully packed with traditional healers from across Gauteng Province. Wearing different traditional attires, they opened the event a traditional way by burning “Impepho” (traditional medicine).
Activities included traditional performances and debate how best the two can work together. Attendees all agreed that since the intention for the two streams are to create a healthy nation, the two should work hand in hand.
All the concerns and challenges were scripted by the department. Traditional healers were urged to formalize and professionalize their trade so that they can be recognized and they can claim their property rights and creations. They will form organizations and submit their representative names and contact details and register their associations with their respective municipalities.
About 1000 trees handed over to women of the newly formed Westonaria Borwa Township by Westonaria Local Municipality in partnership with AfricaGrow to mark the end of Women’s Month, at an event held at Westonaria Borwa Park.
A symbolic planting of shading trees ceremony was done at the park. It is believed the trees will provide natural benefits and improve the visual appearance of parks, cemeteries, road sides and households.
Westonaria Local Municipality received a donation of more than 2000 trees from AfricaGrow, Another batch of 1000 trees will be handed over and planted during the National Arbor Day.
“Trees are the life blood of our environment. Trees are great to extend counter environmentally unfriendly actions we do on a daily basis to our planet, they make our environment look green and inviting and serve as a shelter to many animals. The Municipality want to provide an opportunity to residents who cannot afford to buy a tree to participate in planting a tree today and beyond”, said the Executive Mayor, Councilor Nonkoliso Tundzi.
The Executive Mayor declared that trees that bear edible fruit can also help to counter food insecurity and tree planting projects can help to boost the economy by providing job opportunities.
Subsequently, MMC for Social Development and Health, Councilor Ana Gela said she believe trees are important and they strive to maintain a healthy tree population in Westonaria Town.
“Look after your trees by mulch around your tree, water it and prune it and they will provide healthy and beautiful places for children to play and learn, trees provide nutritious fruit to eat and they improve an area’s water quality”, Councilor Gela concludes.