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26 January 2011 No Comment

On 6 December 2010, the MMC for the Corporate and Shared Services Department (CSS) of the Municipality of Tshwane, Councillor Thembi Mmoko, accompanied by some of the top management employees of the Municipality and other stakeholders, visited a number of establishments in Tshwane that care of vulnerable children.

These establishments form part of her corporate social responsibility program. The program includes the New BeginningZ Haven (Laudium) for abandoned babies; the Keletso Daycare Centre and Pre-school (Mamelodi); the Renielwe Daycare Centre (Mamelodi) and the Mohau Pre-School (Stinkwater, Hammanskraal).

She also held a Christmas function for the children of the Mohau Mohau Day Care Centre in Hammanskraal.

The Mohau Centre is a registered non–profit organisation that started operating in 2000 as a daycare centre as well as a place of safety.

Most of the children are HIV positive or their lives have been affected by losing their parents as a result of the pandemic.

Others lack correct nutrition due to poverty and the unemployment of their parents or guardians.

The CSS took the lead under the leadership of Councillor Mmoko, to demonstrate how everyone can take sustainable development a step further by supporting communities in need.

The department also took hands with the private sector to support worthy causes and within a short period, the positive impact to vulnerable lives through the interventions of the team was huge and meaningful.

The New BeginningZ Haven is a corporate social development program and was adopted, in collaboration with the Office of the Executive Mayor/City Manager, in 2001 with the main focus on caring for children who are living and working on the streets.

Due to the HIV/Aids pandemic, households headed by children, were added to the focus group and in 2004, other vulnerable children were also added to the program.

The New BeginningZ Haven for abandoned babies and toddlers was launched due to the increasing numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused children.

Their ages range from newborn babies to 6 year old children. Currently more than 20 babies are been taken care of at the Haven.

Councillor Mmoko received support and donations from a number of stakeholders to ensure that the visit and Christmas function was a huge success, including: Staff from the City of Tshwane Municipality; The Rotary club in Pretoria; The CRC Church in Lynnwood; South African Chef’s Association (SACA); Shaneel Dstributors; KG Promotions; Kwalata Game Reserve in Hammanskraal and Oppikopi Guest House

Anyone who would like to become involved or who would like to make a contribution are invited to contact the project leader, Gerda Potgieter at email:gerdap@tshwane.gov.za or by telephone 012 358 1308 or cellphone 082 896 0955.

Councillor Thembi Mmoko, the MMC for Corporate and Shared Services, handed over Christmas gifts to the children of the Mohau Day Care Centre in Stinkwater

Councillor Mmoko and a group of stakeholders visited the New BeginningZ Haven for abandoned babies.

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