Foster kids surprise EFF's Shivambu with birthday song

2016-01-01 17:46
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Cape Town - EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu may be fearless when confronting President Jacob Zuma in Parliament, but a group of foster children singing happy birthday to him had him speechless on Friday.

"It was really sweet. He wanted to run," chuckled Shalate Teffo after Shivambu visited the centre on New Year's Day. He brought with him school supplies.

Speaking over the sound of children shrieking and playing, Teffo said Shivambu had chosen the children's centre to give back for 2016.

She explained that her mother Asnath started the Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng Centre for Foster Care, Skills Development and Early Childhood Development in their home in Olievenhoutbosch, Tshwane, when she was moved by the plight of children unable to find a place in foster care.

She was building it up with outside help, and without social grants. She provided for children who ranged from 18 months to 23 years old.

In addition to the foster care, they also linked up with skills development programmes to give the older children a head start when they matriculate. They provide day care for 50 children whose parents work.

Instead of taking money, they asked the parents and guardians to help with the centre's upkeep in their spare time.

Running the centre was so time consuming, Teffo left her job to work there full time.

"It's been beautiful. There is nothing like seeing kids really grow just from love."

Shivambu bashfully remonstrated with her for letting the cat out of the bag and telling the children it was his birthday.

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