Preschool in dire straits

2008-07-17 00:00

THERE’S no doubting Val Anderson’s determination to help people in need. But on the day in June when I visit her at the Nkosinathi Crèche and Day Care Centre which she manages against the odds in the small town of Cramond, she’s showing visible signs of strain.

Anderson says she often dips into her personal funds or borrows food to keep the crèche’s 45 children fed and hasn’t been able to pay her teachers their last month’s salary. Anderson frequently relies on volunteers to help with the younger children. Funding from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, which pays R12 a day per child, is often several months’ late.

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