On a warm, sunny autumn day in Zwelethemba Township, Worcester, Western Cape, Siyahluma Crèche and Aftercare were the beneficiaries of a 60m2 prefabricated classroom, a renovated container kitchen and a converted container toilet facility.
The facility was established in 2013 and previously all 59 children were taught in one big church hall which proved to be an inconvenience when the church held conferences which ran over several days, or the twice-weekly church services that meant packing and hiding the centre’s educational material out of sight – an exhausting exercise.
The centre was also found to be in breach of safety regulations by having too many children in one confined space, which threatened the future of this much-needed pre-school. The principal, Ms Letitica Madaka, appealed to Breadline Africa for assistance and with funding received from the organisation’s dedicated donors, the children of Siyahluma have a spacious classroom, hygienic kitchen and clean toilets.
Ms Nontuthuzelo Matross, (the retired principal of PJB Cona Primary School, a primary school nearby who received a prefabricated library from Breadline Africa) said that her two grandchildren attend Siyahluma and she could not recommend a better centre for them. She added that the caregivers are always smiling and never tire of looking after more than 50 children for five days a week.
Pastor Goodman Madaka was beaming with pride and mentioned that the new facilities have introduced a phase for greater things to happen at Siyahluma Crèche. Ms Letitica Madaka told her guests that she was rejoicing in her heart. She recalled how she had started with just four children in 2013. In a few months, they had grown to 39, a strong indication of the need for such a centre in the community.
The launch event was also attended by Ms Joyce Mei from The Breede Valley Local Municipality (Community Development Unit), Pastor Ati Victor from the Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Worcester, Breadline Africa staff, Puleng Phooko and Gail Dreyer and representatives of SASKO Worcester.