Summary: First half of 2015

08 Jul

Unfortunately we recently had website problems and lost all of our news postings for the first half of the year.  Below is a summary of most of the postings:

On 6 March we posted a story about one of the Emmanuel Educare Assistant teachers, Yonela Komani, who had been assisted by the advice office in getting her ID details rectified.  Poor Yonela had been incorrecty categorised gender-wise, and finally – after all these years – the Department of Home Affairs corrected her details.  Yonela was delighted, and very grateful to Anthea in the Advice Office for the assistance given.

Also in March, we posted the sad news of the passing of Greg Bennett, who previously worked at WUCT as our driver, ferrying the Home Based carers to all their appointments among other things.  Greg is much missed at WUCT and in the Westlake Community.

Greg Bennett

WUCT took part in two TB Day events – on Tues 24th and Wed 25th March – at Parkwood Estate and Westlake respectively.

On Tuesday 24 March, WUCT joined up with 9 other NGO’s and MSAT South/City of Cape Town Health, in Parkwood Estate where there was a huge turnout. Despite the heat – and it was very hot in the sun – hundreds of residents stood in long queues for health and wellness screening. There was entertainment, music and dancing, food for the children, and 6 tents doing HIV testing and TB screening. Three of our carers (Zoe, Joseph and Zadie) monitored Blood Pressures and HGT’s (blood sugar). Altogether they saw 150 people. We were amazed at how many people living there are unemployed and children not attending school. WUCT donated 40 food parcels for those who were tested, as well as other goodies for the goodie bags. We estimate at least 300 people were tested for HIV – we are awaiting the final results. Well done, and thank you to Zoe, Joseph and Zadie for your hard work. (At least 5 carers from Compassion in Action were also monitoring BP’s and HGT’s).

On Wednesday 25 March, WUCT partnered with Westlake Clinic at ‘Manchusa’s Park’ in Lynx Way, Westlake. City of Cape Town brought 2 tents and we tested approx 40 people – of the 18 WUCT tested, there were 3 HIV positives. We handed out 60 food parcels. We also monitored BP’s and HGT’s, weighed clients for BMI testing, and gave the babies Vitamin A drops and de-worming tablets. Another successful morning!

During April the WUCT Advice Office held screening and interviews for the many seeking employement.  Quite a number were placed in positions in nearby industries.

Posted 15 April: 2015: HEALTH MARCH IN WESTLAKE

Beatrice Matthews organised a Health March through Westlake for the CDL support groups, which took place on Tuesday morning, 14 April ’15. Musgrave Park joined Westlake’s Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle (CDL) support group and approximately 60 mainly elderly people, along with some of our carers, walked through Westlake Village with placards and distributed 100 health information packs. They stopped at various junctions along the way where Thobeka and Zoleka gave talks through the loudhailer on diseases such as diabetes and TB. Three thousand condoms were handed out. Our carers prepared sandwiches and City of Cape Town Sports and Recreation Dept donated 120 water bottles, 100 yoghurts, 100 energy bars and 100 packets of unsalted peanuts and raisins, which were enjoyed after the event. We would like to thank Sports and Rec for their kind contribution towards the work we are doing in Westlake.

Beatrice has had a foot amputation and unfortunately could not take part in the march, but everyone was so keen to see her that they ended up at her house where they sang her favourite songs and one by one filed into her house to give her a hug. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.


On Tuesday 21 April, we partnered with Westlake Clinic, Living Hope, City of Cape Town Health and Health 4 Men in an outreach to False Bay College, Westlake campus. It was an amazing success with the students queuing up to be tested for HIV in six tents which were erected in the hall. Our cares distributed 300 health information packs and monitored 214 Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Levels.