New Siyajabula Crèche opens

2017-12-12 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedAt the official opening (from left) Katlego Modipane (Justine PRO), Lee-Ann Raghoo (Justine Area Sales Manager), Lungile Phengula (Justine Divisional Manager), Elizabeth Ngongoma (crèche founder), Robert Zuma (co-founder, Amathuba Community Upliftment), Tayla Blades (Focus on iThemba Donor Relations Manager), Khanya Gama (ECD Monitor, Focus on iThemba), Gavin Simpkins (Focus on iThemba Strategic Volunteer) and Buyi Ngongoma (crèche principal).

PHOTO: SuppliedAt the official opening (from left) Katlego Modipane (Justine PRO), Lee-Ann Raghoo (Justine Area Sales Manager), Lungile Phengula (Justine Divisional Manager), Elizabeth Ngongoma (crèche founder), Robert Zuma (co-founder, Amathuba Community Upliftment), Tayla Blades (Focus on iThemba Donor Relations Manager), Khanya Gama (ECD Monitor, Focus on iThemba), Gavin Simpkins (Focus on iThemba Strategic Volunteer) and Buyi Ngongoma (crèche principal).

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JOY, excitement and appreciation were a few of the emotions used to describe the atmosphere at the opening of the renovated Siyajabula Crèche in Embo on November 28.

With the support from the Johannesburg beauty company, Justine, through the company’s Thuthukisa Together Programme and local non-profit organisation, Focus on iThemba, the children and teachers certainly had reason to celebrate.

The original crèche used to operate from a garage, which was far from ideal. Three years ago, Justine invested in a new open-plan building that now houses 40 babies, toddlers and pre-Grade R children.

Recent improvements and additions include new sleeping mats for the children, plastic tables and chairs, office chairs, kitchen items, ground levelling, resurfacing the driveway, a green house and waterproof sheeting over the patio.

Most importantly Justine has committed to their continued support in terms of teacher training and crèche monitoring.

“As a truly South African brand we felt the need to address specific South African issues and are extremely proud we could assist the Embo community with this crèche,” said Katlego Modipane, the company’s PRO at the official opening.

“It’s an initial investment of just under R1 million that will have a far-reaching impact on this community.”

Justine employees and guests joined in the celebrations at the official opening, which included speeches, Zulu dancing by Abassane, the releasing of eco-friendly balloons and dancing by the children.

Among the guests was Tayla Blades, donor relations manager at Focus on iThemba.

“Effective early childhood development is everyone’s business, especially for the future of our country.

“We work with Siyajabula Crèche and seven other crèches in the Valley of 1000 Hills and Molweni. We partner with excellent organisations to achieve our goals of teacher and management training, improved nutrition for the children and age-appropriate educational materials.

“In addition, we are delighted when a donor comes on board to offer structural improvements to the crèches as many are in desperate need. We are so grateful for the support of Justine and their forward-thinking investment in our youth.”

“We are very grateful to so many and to Justine for supporting us with the building, now our school has a structure they are proud to call their school,” said Elizabeth Ngongoma, Siyajabula Crèche owner.

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