Gogos kick out crèche owner

2016-07-14 06:00
 Crèche principal Connie Mase locked out as a result of her eviction from the centre.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Crèche principal Connie Mase locked out as a result of her eviction from the centre. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A Khayelitsha crèche principal has been left reeling as a result of her looming eviction from an old age club’s facilities.

Connie Mase, of Umsobomvu eDucare Centre, in Ilitha Park said that she has been left destitute following the decision by Sinovuyo Old Age Club to evict her earlier this month.

She says that she has been left scrambling to find accommodation for about 50 children following sour relations with the elderly ladies’ club.

“I have been forced to use my garage as of early this month I have received a letter instructing me to demolish my facility as the club is in need of the space.

I understand that but couldn’t they have given me some time to find alternative accommodation for my crèche,” she argued.

The two parties have been butting heads in meetings trying to resolve the matter.

Mase told City Vision that all she needed was a bit of time to find new accommodation to relocate her crèche.

According to Mase she was given a deadline of Friday 15 July and she feels that this was a bit unfair.

“All I ask for is some time to find a proper space because right now the children are kept at my house and I cannot use the garage as it is cold and rainy since its winter,” she said.

Despite claims by Mase that she was only sent one note of eviction last week, club representatives say that they have given her ample time to relocate.

Sinovuyo’s committee secretary, Nombulelo Rwida, said that they have sent at least three letters of eviction to Mase.

“We have been discussing this for some time now and we have sent her letters making her aware of our plans. We are also in a corner because we need that space as soon as possible,” she said.

Rwida revealed the reason that they need the space was that they will receive shipping containers as donation. However she didn’t divulge who the sponsor was.

“We believe that we gave her enough time to sort her situation out.Right now I can’t say what will be done but we will be having meetings to sort the matter out,” said Rwida.

Mase has been operating from the facility for ten years and says that she is looking for an alternative place but it was not easy.


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