Haven for Mansell Market traders’ kids

2015-04-20 00:00

THE children of street traders at ­Durban’s Mansell Market have been given a caring and protective environment while their parents work.

The Qalakahle Crèche, Pre-School and After School opened in Durban last week.

Speaking at the opening of the event, First Lady Tobeka Madiba Zuma said that this service would meet the needs of parents working in the Mansell Market area, traders and those working in auxiliary services, most of who travel to and from ­Durban, by providing full-day care, preschool, and after-school childcare facilities.

“I am sure the childcare service will be provided in a professional and caring manner, providing a warm and welcoming environment for children and parents alike.

“In addition, this new facility will help ensure that children can develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically through play,” said ­Zuma.

Afrisun Community Development Trust, of which the Sibaya Casino is an integral part, was one of the benefactors of the project.

Board chairperson and local businessman, Vivian Reddy said that the crèche would be a state of the art facility and a haven for the children of the market traders who would have previous been abused and raped. “The structure which previously served as the crèche had been condemned by the eThekwini Municipality. Architects were brought on board and rendered their services free of charge. It was a very old and unhygienic ­building, which has since been rebuilt for the crèche and safe place for the traders’ children to be,” he said.

Afrisun Community Development Trust is also in the process of ­upgrading another centre in ­KwaDukuza, while another day care centre is being planned for Nquthu.

• kyle.venktess@witness.co.za

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