Kempton Park, 28 May 2021: The former MEC of Social Development, Ms Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Central Drug Authority (CDA) Board.
Inaugurated at a ceremony held totay in Kempton Park, Gauteng, Mayathula-Khoza was the first speaker of the City of Johannesburg in 2000, chairing the biggest council. She also facilitated empowerment and training of councillors. She later became a member of the mayoral committee responsible for social and community development.
In 2009, she was appointed as the MEC for Agriculture and environment and in 2012 she became the MEC for Social Development in Gauteng.
In 2019 she decided to leave Government in order to complete her Masters’ degree and to establish a foundation to help communities. Throughout her work, Mayathula-Khoza has played a key role in government programmes.
She said she was really humbled to be appointed as the chairperson of the CDA and commits to contribute to its mandate.
The CDA Board was established in terms of the Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependency Act No 20 of 1992. It serves as an advisory body with a mandate of fighting against substance abuse.
Members of the Board are expected to work with key stakeholders including the Department of Social Development, law enforcement authorities and the Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) sector to address substance abuse and its effects on families and communities.
In addition, the board also assists with the implementation of the National Drug Master Plan (NDMP) 2019 – 2024 as approved by Cabinet in 2019.
The NDMP serves as the country’s blue print strategy to prevent substance abuse and its related socio-economic impact in society.
The term for the new CDA Board members will run for a period of five years.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT