The UMgungundlovu District Municipality (uMDM), in partnership with the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest and the Divine Life Society of South Africa launched its Mandela Marathon Legacy Programme at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg today (7 July 2015). The project will see seven (7) crèches built, one in each of the seven local municipalities of the uMgungundlovu District Municipality over the coming months.
The project is possible due to the generous financial contributions of the uMDM, the Mandela Day Marathon and the Divine Life Society of South Africa.
Together, these organisations will make financial contributions to the value of nearly R3-million towards the building of the seven crèches in the various local municipalities.
The Mandela Marathon Legacy Programme seeks to highlight the plight of the vulnerable in our society, especially the children of our disadvantaged communities. Hence, the development of crèches to care for these toddlers and to create the conditions for their welfare and social upkeep.
The Community Chest is one of South Africa’s oldest charitable organizations and has been at the forefront of improving the social landscape in the country. The organization has over the recent past been promoting its Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme, from which the crèche development initiative is born.
Through its efforts, hundreds of local community development organizations have been supported by the Community Chest to improve the lives of marginalized people in the greater Pietermaritzburg region.
uMDM Mayor, Yusuf Bhamjee says, ‘We are fully in support of this amazing initiative. Our children are the future and it is up to each one of us to create the conditions for our little ones to enjoy a safe and secure environment to grow up in. We are proud of our partnership with the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest and the Divine Life Society of South Africa in effecting a small but meaningful social change that is greatly needed in our society.’
Executive Director of the Pietermaritzburg and District Community Chest, Michael Deegan says, ‘The Mandela Marathon Legacy Programme aims to create the conditions for the children of our communities to be better served and empowered through basic care and support measures.’
Deegan adds, ‘The long term goal is for these children to have access to day-care and to have state of the art learning tools and other facilities provided for them later on. In addition, our aim is to give these children the opportunity to enjoy the love and care of responsible caregivers from their communities who have their welfare and wellbeing at heart.’
Each crèche will facilitate the employment of about 6 to 10 caregivers and allow for approximately 60 to 80 children to be cared for. Plans are for the first crèche to be opened by year-end. The 4th edition of the Mandela Day Marathan will be held on Sunday,30 August 2015. For further details please visit, www.mandelamarathon.co.za.
Four of the seven sod turning ceremonies of the 7 UMDM Mandela Legacy Crèche Projects are completed
The ceremonies took place on Wednesday 5th August at Mbali, Richmond. Thursday 6th August at Makane Area Ward 12 in Umshwathi, Friday 7th August at Sinenjabulo Pre-School and Crèche on the outskirts of Impendle at GomaneThursday 13th August at Ntweka, Ward 3 in Mkhambathini Local Municipality. The Inkosi, Ward Councillors, Government Depts., Municipality Members and local Community leaders and people attended. To view more pics please "click here"