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SATURDAY PROFILE | Benoni orphanage founder Moira Simpson: ‘SA’s abandoned children crisis is still coming’

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Moira Simpson in Kidshaven’s administrative building  in the Benoni’s central business district.
Moira Simpson in Kidshaven’s administrative building in the Benoni’s central business district.
James de Villiers

Over the 28-years since starting Kids Haven shelter for street children in Benoni, Moira Simpson has lived a rich life, dedicating it to protecting the marginalised in our communities. She explains why she believes the number of abandoned children will increase in South Africa in the months ahead, and how she had to fight off conservative communities to launch Kids Haven. 

It was 28-years ago, in the dying days of apartheid, when a young English-speaking Moira Simpson drove to the Benoni mortuary on her own to identify the body of a 12-year-old street child shot and killed by grown Afrikaner men when he tried to "escape" into drainpipes under nearby highways. 

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