STEELPOORT – More than 230 children will benefit from an upgraded community crèche at Ga Malekane Village.
Mogoshadi Day Care Centre was officially handed over by the Dwarsrivier Chrome Mine’s management last Wednesday.
The event was honoured by the local chief, Napjane Malekane, as well as representatives from Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality (FTLM) and the Limpopo’s Department of Social Development and Education.
The crèche, which includes specialist furniture, five classrooms, a borehole, playground facilities, kitchen, storeroom and a sickbay, will offer early-stage education to children between the ages of three and six years.
The mine also previously handed a large number of teaching aids to this centre. The project forms part of Dwarsrivier’s social and labour plan and is one of several educational projects orchestrated by the mine.
The mine’s Pius Monyela said, “The handing over of the crèche is the beginning of an exciting new era for the children and parents. Our leaders and government have recognised that the emotional, social and physical development of young children has a direct effect on the adults they will become. As a company, we feel privileged to play a role in shaping these young lives and ultimately contributing to the lives of future leaders, professionals and citizens.”
Glenda Malekane, the principal, said that they opened the facility in 2014 to help care for the young children when their parents were at work. The crèche boasts 16 staff members.
“The generous donations are warmly welcomed, as the children used to be congested in a two-roomed building. We are thankful to the good Samaritans who have helped us with the much-needed buildings, facilities and also contributed to beautifying our centre.
“Mogoshadi is a much safer place for the kids now, security was upgraded with proper palisades and a well-functioning sliding gate. It is now left to us to improve the knowledge of the kids,” she added.
Dwarsrivier donated branded blankets that can also be folded into pillows for the children. They were also given snack packs and lunch boxes.