Children’s home hobbled by repeated break-ins

2011-09-30 00:00

AN organisation that facilitates community-based care and support for orphans and other vulnerable children in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is finding its efforts being stifled by ongoing crimes against its property.

On Tuesday night the Thandanani Children’s Foundation offices in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street were broken into and two computers, including critical financial data and information gathered by social workers which are used to help assist underprivileged children access grants, were stolen.

Two of the centre’s vehicles had their batteries stolen.

The organisation’s finance manager, Sandra Naidoo, said this is the second time Thandanani has been robbed in two months, the first on 26 July, when four computers were stolen.

“Our main objective is to help children. We rely critically on local and international donors in order to undertake our work. Although we are disappointed that we have been burgled, yet again it is not the computers that we are angry about, but rather the information that hadn’t been backed up,” said Naidoo.

“The computers from the last burglary have yet to be recovered so we can’t see these ones being found,” said Naidoo.

Thandanani, which opened in 1989, supports over 2 468 children in 887 households across 15 historically disadvantaged communities.

Neighbours of the centre, the KZN Christian Council’s deputy chief executive Douglas Dziva said safety is a priority for its staff.

“In the evenings you need to be careful in this area.

“If the police had to increase their visibility here in Longmarket Street, crime would decline,” said Dziva.

Msunduzi police spokesperson Lieutenant Joey Jeevan said a case of housebreaking has been opened.

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