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Drakenstein SNAC (NPC), known as DRK SNAC or SNAC

Paarl, South Africa
Joined January 2020

Creating Solutions Together by bringing people together to solve conflict and socio-economic challenges.

Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Generalist Legal Services

DRK SNAC serves as an umbrella organisation that provides cohesive direction, creates linkage, facilitates information sharing, and actively advocates for community structures at local, district and provincial levels.

The overall purpose and main aim of DRK SNAC are to represent all areas of youth and voluntarily organisations, business, sport and culture, faith-based organisations and civic structures in Drakenstein.

DRK SNAC process

DRK SNAC brings people together to solve conflict and socio-economic challenges.

The vision

Local knowledge, experience and capacity in action

The mission

  • Build, refine, maintain and promote an effective and sustainable model of grassroot/ground governance in cooperation with local communities, using conflicts as “windows” to deepen democracy.
  • Build a model of equal and mutually accountable partnership between state agencies and organs of civil society.
  • Document and reflect critically upon processes and practices and disseminate the result to a variety of audiences.

The impact

  • Enhanced self-direction of communities in the development of programmes
  • Designed to address local issues including, but not limited to, those pertaining to legal and justice.
  • Increased collaboration between CBO’s, government and NGO’s
  • Work creation through investment in communities that promotes sustainable development.

The reality

The supply of public services has not been able to meet the growing demand for health, education, safety and security, etc.

This is true all over SA – not only does the state not have the capacity to service communities adequately, but all citizens cannot afford to pay private agencies that provide alternative services. However, citizens have something valuable to contribute – that is, local knowledge and capacity to use this knowledge effectively and for the common good.

The goal

  • Promote human security
  • Value local knowledge
  • Grow social capital
  • Build effective partnerships

People Associated With This Organization

Michael Jacobs

South Africa  
Drakenstein SNAC (NPC), known as DRK...
Joined January 2020
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
Personal therapy
Facilitating community groups
Abuse victims
Mobilisation and recruitment
Active listening

Business Administration
Paralegal Studies
Computer Studies
Counseling & Mediation
Community Works
Leadership Skills
Life Orientation

Neighborhood Watch Association
Community Police Forum

A hardworking, conscientious and caring counsellor with extensive knowledge of offering advice, support, and guidance to community members who have experienced trauma or hardship. Having a proven ability to empathize with individuals whilst retaining an objective and realistic approach to their challenges.

Comfortable working and communicating with people from all backgrounds, for I had experienced trauma, abuse, drug addiction, depression, and child-parent conflicts myself. Keen to find a challenging position within an ambitious environment where I will be able to continue to increase my experiences & develop my abilities, and to share it with those who need it most.

I’m a Paralegalist of profession, trained in Business Administration and Community Development. Follower and a keen student of African Philosophy.

• More than 25 years’ experience in the field of giving advice and counselling.
• Run for 7 years voluntarily and on own expense, Deeply Concern Advice Centre (DCAC).
• 4 years a Coordinator of Community Peace Program.
• Studied in commercial subjects like Economics, Business Economics and Accountancy
• Computer literate - been a member of Community Education Computer Society (CECS)
• Coordinator of Working Committee of Church Administration
• Chairman of PPAWU Shop Stewards Committee.
• Worked in the Media Dept. of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO)
• Secretary of Rastafari Commercial Farmers Trust.
• Manager of Emarasteni Fresh Produce Market
• Business Administration, Computer Science, Project Management Graduate
• Serve on Executive Committees of several sports clubs and community organizations.

To contribute towards a strong Drakenstein civic society that impacted and developed our communities.

To assist strengthen the business community and to address its challenges by establishing basic pillars of business support infrastructure that organizations and business leaders can turn to for advocacy, resources, and support.

To revive a Centre of Advice as to forward people’s human rights – for the realization of people’s human rights is the development of a community.

To live a full life and to be thankful for the blessings, nothing is more rewarding than using your talent to serve others.
Michael Jacobs is the network champion (main point of contact) for Drakenstein SNAC (NPC), known as DRK SNAC or SNAC.

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