Help comes for Manenberg crèche

2015-09-29 06:00
Dr Randall Ortel shows a section of the fencing behind Manenberg Pre-school which has been secured. 

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Dr Randall Ortel shows a section of the fencing behind Manenberg Pre-school which has been secured. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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After hearing the pleas of a local crèche, a doctor and a contractor in the area have come on board to tighten security at the crèche.

Young vandals have targeted Manenberg Pre-school Centre (“Youth destroy day-care”, People’s Post, 21 July). The school has since received a fence, limiting foot traffic through the premises.

Dr Randall Ortel says he approached a contractor in the area who agreed to help the crèche tighten security.

“This crèche has been in the community for many years and there have been many incidents of vandalism. I sought help from the contractors in the area who are busy with renovations and upgrades at schools in the area and one of the contractors has come forward to assist,” Ortel says.

He adds the contractor agreed to supply off-cut materials to the early childhood development centre and was so far able to secure a gate at the back of the crèche.

“Our next step is to look into having lighting supplied at the crèche as well, which the contractor has also agreed to do. Second-hand fluorescent lights, that are still in a good condition, will be fitted and we will be fixing switches for these lights as well. The premises are very dark at night, which allowed criminals to carry out their illegal activity,” Ortel explains.

Kit Electrical contractor Chris Koekemoer says the company was approached by Ortel for off-cut materials.

“As subcontractors we are new to Manenberg and we saw the need of these people and we decided to get on board. Normally what happens to off-cut material is that we take it back to the City of Cape Town so we may be credited for the material, but you never get your full money worth when getting that credit. Because of this we decided to rather donate these gates and lights to the crèche as it is a worthy cause,” Koekemoer says.

With this work having been done, Koekemoer urges other businesses in the area to help the crèche as well.

“I am now challenging other people, organisations and businesses to assist if they can, even if it is to just paint the school. We want these children to be in an environment that is conducive to their upbringing. A happy kid is a successful kid,” he says.

Principal Sarah Petersen says she is delighted the good Samaritans chose to help the crèche with its need for safety and security.

“I am very grateful to Ortel and Koekemoer for seeing it fit to help us secure the place. There have been no incidents and we also feel safer,” she says.

Petersen says she appreciates the effort they have put in, especially due to the staff having to ask help from many people without success.

“We have been waiting for this for a long time and the feeling that it is finally taking shape is indescribable,” she adds.

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