MEC reaches out to poor communities

2017-08-09 06:02
PHOTO: SuppliedMEC Belinda Scott speaks to residents at Jika Joe Informal Settlement on her visit to the area recently.

PHOTO: SuppliedMEC Belinda Scott speaks to residents at Jika Joe Informal Settlement on her visit to the area recently.

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POOR and vulnerable children of Cool Air Crèche near New Hanover are the latest beneficiaries of the donation recently by the KZN MEC for Finance, Belinda Scott, also the political­ champion of uMgungundlovu District.

The children, most of whose parents­ work on nearby farms, come from the surrounding informal settlement that lack the necessary amenities.

The purpose of the visit was to donate a fridge, stove, 40 mattresses, 40 blankets, cooking pots and FutureLife porridge to the crèche.

The crèche manager, Nomusa Thusi­, said when they met Scott in August last year, they told her of their plight and all the items they had mentioned to her were delivered to the crèche.

“We were really struggling. We did not know what to do to ensure we have all the things we need to run the crèche properly.

“MEC Scott has wiped our tears and we can now focus on bringing up these children the correct way,” she said.

Scott moved from Cool Air to the Jika­ Joe Informal Settlement where she interacted with poor families.

After listening to challenges that include a lack of decent housing, electricity, clean drinking water, among other issues, Scott donated 350 blankets­ to poverty stricken households.

Speaking during her visit Scott said: “Our policy is that we need to uplift our communities by assisting them in many ways to address their plight.

“We do this by making the necessary donations to improve their lives. We work with the Department of Social Development to identify needy communities or non-profit organisations so that we can assist them.

“The children are our future and it is our responsibility to care for them as best as we can.

“This is service delivery that we also want to ensure continues to cascade down to poor and deserving communities,” she said.

Scott will return to the Jika Joe Informal Settlement to address more of the socioeconomic challenges and distribute FutureLife porridge to families.

This is part of her signature outreach programme which has benefitted many NPOs, co-operatives and households in KwaZulu-Natal.

- Supplied.

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