Zuma visits orphans in Sasolburg

2015-12-17 17:22

Sasolburg – Government wants to partner with 400 non-governmental entities and create 10 000 jobs for childcare workers, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.  

Zuma, speaking during a visit to orphans in Zamdele, Sasolberg, said he wanted to achieve this over a five-year period.

He was attending a Christmas party at the Harry Gwala Multi-Purpose Centre.

Earlier this week, Zuma also visited the elderly at the Lodewyk P Spies Home in Pretoria, met with church leaders and spoke at a national Reconciliation Day commemoration in Port Elizabeth.

"It is indeed a much needed, refreshing and fulfilling period for many of our people. But to those without families, and especially [for] orphans and vulnerable children, the festive season is a difficult period," he said.  

Zuma, who recently faced a backlash after announcing last week that he was replacing Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene with ANC MP David van Rooyen, said during this period the community should care for all children, especially those without parents.  

"Due to various social problems in our country from violence, HIV... we have a large number of orphans and vulnerable children. Government provides as much support as possible through social grants."

He added that, in cases of child-headed families, neighbours should assist them and work with social workers to ensure that children were cared for.  

"During this time, we also promote safety and security for children and the elderly, as vulnerable members of our communities. Operation Fiela, launched by the South African Police Service (SAPS) in April 2015, is intended to protect all the law-abiding citizens, especially the most vulnerable, including our elderly people," he said.  

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