Daycare centre sends out SOS

2010-09-08 00:00

The Ebungcweleni Daycare in Mayor’s Walk has sent out an SOS to the city’s residents and the local business community to help with donations because it is at risk of being closed down due to unpaid rent.

More than 20 distressed children, some of whom are paralysed, orphaned or are victims of abuse, are at risk of becoming destitute if the centre fails to settle its debts, estimated at R25 000, as it has been issued with an eviction notice.

The managers of the centre, after operating in nomadic conditions for the past three years, signed a lease agreement with a homeowner in Mayor’s Walk in April. They agreed to pay R5 000 rent a month.

However, they failed to raise the amount and since April their debts have been accumulating.

The eviction notice will be executed by the end of next week if they fail to pay the money.

One of the managers, Simangele Mbatha, said they are asking local businesspeople to help because the centre is home to many children who have suffered traumatic experiences.

“For the past three years we have been moving around with the children and now we have found an appropriate local area for the children to live.

“When the landlord offered us the house, which he said we could buy, he offered us until August to rent and then buy, but because we are an NGO, we have not been able to meet the rental.

“He has been very patient with us, but now we are facing eviction because we cannot pay him and the debts keep mounting.”

Mbatha said many of the troubled children will become homeless if the centre is to close down.

People wishing to help can contact Mbatha at 083 319 8438.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.