Concern over the high number of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome cases in the Cape Winelands has prompted the provincial government to allocate millions of rand to organisations working to combat substance abuse.
In a briefing to the Standing Committee on Social Development today‚ the Department of Social Development in the Western Cape revealed that R92 million has been allocated to the Substance Abuse Programme in the Western Cape‚ of which R56 million will be transferred to NGO partners.
Twenty% of the Substance Abuse Programme’s budget is allocated to the Cape Winelands‚ “in light of the increasing number of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome cases in this region”‚ the department said in a statement.
The approximately R11.4 million allocation in the Cape Winelands will go to NGOs including the Salvation Army‚ ABBA‚ FASFACTS‚ Hawston Health & Welfare‚ Ikamva‚ Prestige Ignite‚ RIET‚ Sanca Paarl and Toevlug Treatment Centre.
According to a FASFACTS information sheet‚ heavy alcohol intake during pregnancy‚ usually in a binge-drinking pattern‚ occurs in as many as 20% of women in the Western Cape.
Children affected by severe Foetal Alcohol Syndrome have life-long learning and behavioural conditions.