No bathwater for baby

2015-06-23 06:00
Water and electricity is expected to be installed at the Ocean View care centre by the end of the month, although the containers were installed in April already.

monique Duval

Water and electricity is expected to be installed at the Ocean View care centre by the end of the month, although the containers were installed in April already. PHOTO: monique Duval

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For two months, children at the Ocean View care centre have been left to learn without running water or electricity.

This after the City of Cape Town donated 13 containers for classrooms, but did not connect those services.

The care centre provides free educational and social services to 90 children, but has been left without City services, says co-founder Marti Wedepohl.

In a recent statement, the City said the Fish Hoek subcouncil partnered with the care centre and non-governmental organisation Mercy Net to provide social services as part of the mayoral urban regeneration programme (Murp).

The cost of installing the 13 containers was carried by the Murp budget on land provided by the City.

The statement says the 90 children attending classes at the care centre are considered “at-risk children who face challenges such as physical abuse, substance abuse and food insecurity”.

“We are in the process of setting up a facilities management agreement with the community services department for the portion of the erf that they are using,” explains subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.

“We have also requested for the water and electricity to be connected, and await this. In the meantime we have an arrangement to take a connection from the back of the community hall and to use their toilets,” she says.

She hopes to see these issued resolved by the end of this month.

The care centre also runs a feeding scheme for local children, the bedridden elderly and patients at the Ocean View day hospital.

“The social challenges faced in this area are some of the biggest hindrances to the economic development of the Ocean View community. The Fish Hoek subcouncil, as part of the Murp, therefore engaged with the community to identify the challenges faced and draw up a holistic plan to address them sustainably,” says Purchase

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