But the FSKN itself may have been a big part of the problem. Lukashevsky said the FSKN has long made policies “with an official aim of fighting drug dealing but with an unofficial aim of self-preservation.” The drug control service has jockeyed against other agencies attempting to win favor and resources from the government, taking actions that gain headlines but are in fact highly ineffective. The agency has arrested bakers for suspicion that their poppy seeds are used in drug production, has restricted opioid-based pain control in palliative care facilities, and has removed from bookstores literature perceived to promote drug use, such as the writing of American novelist William Burroughs.
NACOSA's City of Cape Town Community-Based Response Capacity Building Programme provides short-term cluster mentoring services, training and support to MSAT leaders and coordinators. This includes capacity building training workshops to organisations funded by the City health funding programme - as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs) not funded by the programme to increase organisational capacity in financial management and reporting, organisational governance, monitoring and evaluation as well as basic HIV awareness and education.