Keep kids safe

2015-04-30 13:43

Nombulelo Mentjies serving the kiddies with lunch boxes.

Nombulelo Mentjies serving the kiddies with lunch boxes.

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“Children must be protected from the evils that currently plague the society,”.

These words were uttered by Councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni during the opening of a week-long chidlren’s progamme at the Thusong Centre, in Khayelitsha recently.

Mngxunyeni was a guest of the Born Again Enrichment Centre (BAEC) , which was hosting a vacation programme for the children.

“It’s very important that children are kept safe from criminal elements. Programmes like these have a positive role in their upbringing,” said Mngxunyeni.

BAEC director Nombulelo Mentjies said the vacation programme was meant to keep the children busy.

“Some of these children often come to the programmes we run after school and we felt we must do something to keep them focused and safe,” said Mentjies.

The programmed was supported by City of Cape Town (social development), the Department of Health, Partners in Sexual Health, Laphumilanga Youth Development Association, Department oif Sports an d Recreation and Urban Young Women who sent in delegates who trained the children in various aspects of life.

Mentjies said the children came from various schools in the area.

“We have a network of schools that we deal with and they are supportive of the role we play in trying to keep our children safe,” she said.

The children enjoyed indoor and outdoor games and aducational activies which were facilitated by members from the department of sports and recreation.

Mentjies thanked all the volunteers who assisted during the programme.

“It was exciting and the children liked it very much and we are working on plans to stage a similar event during the winter vacation,” she said.

Babalwa Mentjies a talented up and coming jazz singer also showed the little ones some of her magic.

“It’s nice to be able to share your talent with little children because they really appreciate it,” said Babalwa.

Nomabhelu Sopili from the department of health encouraged the children to “live clean lives”

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