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A delegation of the Portuguese Forum, under the leadership of its National Chairman Manny Ferreirinha, recently conducted a visit to Mahikeng, the capital city of North West. This outreach aimed to engage with members of the local Portuguese Community, many of whom have been longstanding contributors to the Portuguese Forum since its inception, and proved to be instrumental in assessing the current situation experienced by the inhabitants of that province.

The North West Province’s economy is primarily based on mining, agriculture, and tourism. It is a region rich in mineral resources, and mining activities, including platinum, gold, and chrome mining, contribute significantly to the provincial economy.

The meeting took place at the Royal Aloe Hotel and covered various topics crucial to the community’s well-being. Among the primary subjects discussed were the prevailing economic situation in South Africa and the global events influencing it. Participants delved into the fiscal outlook for the foreseeable future, providing insights and perspectives that are valuable in navigating these challenging times.

An integral part of the discussion focused on addressing specific threats faced by the community, such as the concerning rise in kidnapping and intimidation cases. The Portuguese Forum recognizes the urgent need to equip its members with knowledge and strategies to safeguard themselves against such risks, emphasizing the importance of unity in the face of adversity. The recent surge in criminal activity nationwide has prompted the Portuguese Community to unite under the banner of the Portuguese Forum actively. The Forum, with its well-established nationwide network, plays a pivotal role in ensuring the security and well-being of the community. Collective action is crucial in addressing the current challenges and fostering a sense of security among community members.

In response to the evolving landscape, the Portuguese Forum has intensified its efforts, including the introduction of a new hotline number to complement the existing one that has been available for nearly two decades. These hotline numbers, 086 11 11 126 and 086 11 11 127, serve as immediate points of contact for community members facing any threatening situations. The Forum encourages community members to utilize these hotlines promptly. Moreover, the Portuguese Forum has diversified its communication channels to enhance accessibility. Members can reach out through email, the official website, and various social media platforms, including the official Facebook page. These channels facilitate quick and efficient communication, ensuring that community members remain informed and connected.

The Portuguese Forum reaffirms its commitment to the well-being of the Portuguese Community, advocating for unity, resilience, and proactive engagement in addressing challenges. By fostering a sense of collective responsibility, the Forum aims to create a supportive environment for its members and contribute to the overall strength and cohesion of the Portuguese Community in South Africa.

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Roberto Silva

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