SHARPEVILLE. – The Gauteng Social Development Department rescued 45 children from a corrugated iron crèche near an old graveyard in Sharpeville last week.
Gauteng Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza expressed joy that the 45 toddlers were moved from what she termed a corrugated iron health hazard. The centre is situated at an old graveyard in Tshepiso Phase 2, Sharpeville.
The centre, the Good News Children, was situated on the edge of the graveyard, which is commonly called Hlala Kwabafileyo (stay with the dead).
The ECD was first spotted by the media in December last year and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, after hearing about it, ordered it shut. Mayathula-Khoza visited the Good News Children’s Care at Tswelopele Primary School from where they were moved by the Gauteng Department of Social Development last month.
“It is not so much that the centre was not registered or run by unqualified practitioners. It was run from unsuitable and dangerous premises. It was found to be non-compliant to offer child care and education as per the provisions of the Children’s Act, as it did not comply with the municipal by-laws, but mainly because of infrastructure that was not suitable for the care of children.
“For our part, we will be looking at a more sustainable solution going forward,” Mayathula-Khoza said. The MEC said she was indebted to the principal and the SGB of the Tswelopele Primary School for the space and the warm hands with which the school welcomed the children.
“We are very grateful to the school and our team of social workers will work with the ECD manager to ensure that once they are settled at Tswelopele