Taverners bring life to a creche

2016-02-11 06:00
Tavern owners together with Responsible Trade Facilitation (RTF) renovated Step by Step Preschool, in Site C, Khayelitsha, recently. .

Tavern owners together with Responsible Trade Facilitation (RTF) renovated Step by Step Preschool, in Site C, Khayelitsha, recently. .

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Taverners in Khayelitsha have collaborated to give a face-lift to a pre-school in Khayelitsha, much to the delight of the beneficiaries.

The project partnership was done in conjunction with Responsible Trade Facilitation, to upgrade the Step by Step Preschool in Site C.

Keith’s Place, 12 Down Tavern, Monde’s Place, and Mpumie’s Place initiated the project.

They spent the day painting the preschool, handing out gifts, and preparing lunch for the children.

Sisa Patani, an RTF facilitator, said the aim of such a project was to encourage taverns to contribute positively in the betterment of the communities where they do business.

“We want the taverns to plough back to the communities where they do business. We also want residents to welcome taverns as part of their communities and as people who are also willing to contribute positively in their lives. There are a lot of good things that tavern owners do, such as helping with the burial of the departed needy, but most residents are not aware of such goodwill,” Patani added.

RTF works closely with the South African Breweries to ensure that taverns comply with liquor laws, that they put signs that they do not sell alcohol to under-age children and that they do not sell alcohol to pregnant women, to raise awareness, including the no drink and drive campaign and other alcohol related awareness programmes.

Thelma Genu, 63, the founder of Step by Step Preschool, applauded the upgrade.

“I am very happy, because the preschool is very beautiful now. We do have challenges here since other parents leave their children without food, because they do not work, so we have to buy them food and nappies. Other parents are still in high school and we look after their children from a very young age, because their mothers have to go back to school,” Genu said.

The Preschool was established in 1999.

It currently cares for 214 kids between the ages of 3 months to 6 years.

Mpumi Nxazonke, said she was happy to be part of businesses that upgraded the pre-school. “It makes me feel good to know that I did something good for children in my area. Taverns are mostly known for things that are not good. I have assisted a number of learners financially in the past,” she added

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