During the Cape Winelands District Municipality’s ‘Meet the Mayor’ Campaign, which was held on Friday, 22 October 2010 in Paarl, a request was made to the Mayor by the Simondium Health and Development Committee to grant approval for the utilisation of the Simondium Clinic, which has been standing empty for many years, to render the community services that they offer.
Their request was granted and on 6 May 2011, the Cape Winelands District Municipality’s Mayor, Alderman B.J. Chaaban, had the honour of handing over the old Simondium Clinic to the Simondium Rural Development Forum in order for them to use the premises as a dignified hub from which to serve their community.
The Development Forum used to work from a container that was unsuitable for the wide spectrum of services offered to the public. The CWDM has been working with and through the District Health and Development Committees throughout the district to improve the livelihoods of farm dwellers. These committees have been in operation for more than five years and play a valuable role in supporting the developmental mandate of the CWDM to address poverty alleviation and improving wellness and the livelihoods of farm dwellers.
The Simondium Health and Development Committee is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) and has a credible constitution in place. Since its registration as an NPO, the CWDM Department of Rural and Social Development has assisted the Simondium NPO with the successful implementation of various interventions focusing on HIV/Aids, youth development and children’s programmes.