MEC Belinda Scott donates to Molweni crèche

2016-01-26 06:00
(Back from left) Induna Fano Mkhize, Councillor S'the Mchunu, MEC Scott (holding a child), school principal Tholakele Mkhize and Mathemba Gasa and some of the children during the event to donate goods at uKhololwethu  Pre-School.

(Back from left) Induna Fano Mkhize, Councillor S'the Mchunu, MEC Scott (holding a child), school principal Tholakele Mkhize and Mathemba Gasa and some of the children during the event to donate goods at uKhololwethu Pre-School.

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IT was a like case of Manna falling from heaven on Sunday when MEC Belinda Scott donated food packs, mattresses, blankets, books, toys, jungle gyms at uKhololwethu Pre-School in Molweni.

The donations are an intervention by Scott to alleviate the plight of this centre which faces a bleak future because it does not have enough resources to operate.
Scott said that this is one crèche out of very many with the need in this area.
"There are huge amounts of child-headed households where parents are working and have nowhere to leave their children.

"This community initiative looks after 60 children. They have been running for two years without government funding yet they have managed to survive on their own doing the most amazing work.
“We, as the Provincial Treasury, have assisted them where we can today. We will identify other crèches of need in this area [and we plan] to do the same kind of intervention.

"If government can work together with the people, we can do so much more than just government working alone or the community working alone. We must join as a collective to work together," said Scott.

Principal of the school Tholakele Mkhize said that the donation will go a long way because the school was relying on donations and support from fees only.

"Our children will have nutritional meals, have books, descent mattresses and blankets. Already these children cannot wait to play in their jungle gym. This is what it means when they say government cares. Government uyaqhuba!" she said.

UMngeni Valley Association chairperson Mathemba Gasa said there was a dire need to support early childhood development centre in this area.
"While there is a need for early childhood development centres in this area, we do not have proper structures. Some centres are run inside people's homesteads - which is not acceptable. We need funding to improve resources at the centres," said Gasa.

Local Induna Fano Mkhize could not contain his excitement saying the help takes the crèche a step towards achieving its vision to be the centre of excellence to promote early childhood development. "This centre has a long history to develop children since 1972. The resources donated today will go a long way to improve the lives of these children," said Mkhize.

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