Care centre a safe haven

2015-06-10 06:01
PORTIA MALGAS-MAPHALALA                                                                                                             
Sidwell Guduka


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

PORTIA MALGAS-MAPHALALA has said that the protection of children and creating a safe and secure environment for them was everyone’s responsibility.

Malgas-Maphalala, who is the regional director of Child Welfare South Africa in the Free State, spoke to Express at the official opening of the Child Welfare Temporary Safe Care Centre in Selosesha, Thaba Nchu, on Friday.

The opening of the centre coincided with the annual National Child Protection Week which was celebrated from 31 May to 7 June.

This year’s event was themed Working Together to Protect Children.

“We are really privileged to have a facility like this, because as an organisation that is responsible to protect children, we feel that sometimes we don’t have places where we can put children who are in need of care and protection.

“A place like this says to the community that, if they meet a child who is in need and there is no place to keep the child, this facility will offer the child a safe environment where they can stay,” Malgas-Mapha­lala said.

She further believes that children are not supposed to be taken to care centres, because they belong in happy families where they could grow up feeling safe and loved.

“Each and every member of the community has a responsibility toward children and that responsilility is to protect them. We must create a secure and safe environment for them.

“We must never abuse, neglect or abandon them,” she explained.

“If we can work together to protect our children, we can give them a better future for tomorrow. But if circumstances are beyond us as a community, we have the facility where those children will be welcome.”

Asked about the procedures followed to admit children, Malgas-Maphalala said the cenre only accepted children who were abused, neglected and abandoned.

“People who bring children here must first go to the police or a social worker, because we only admit children through the police or social workers.

“We cater for children according to the Children’s Act X children who are aged between 0 and 18 years,” she said.

At the moment, the newly launched care centre X which caters specifically for children from Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo X houses 23 children and 12 babies.

“We’ve got care-givers who take care of them.

“They are trained to do this job and are here 24 hours a day to make sure that the children are in a safe environment,” concluded Malgas-Maphalala


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.