Mayor back to school for the day


THERE were smiles and cheers from chil­dren when they saw Joburg mayor Her­man Mashaba ar­rive to per­form some of his Man­dela Day ac­tiv­i­ties at their day­care cen­tre.

Just as Mashaba walked into the early child­hood devel­op­ment cen­tre (ECDC) called Greener Pas­ture Day Care Cen­tre, the little ones greeted him with songs, de­lighted to see him.

Mashaba gave the chil­dren presents and puz­zles and then did his bit in help­ing to ren­o­vate the cen­tre by us­ing a paint­brush to spruce up a wall.

Mashaba said he was mo­men­tar­ily taken aback when the young­sters sang the na­tional an­them be­cause it re­minded him of the days when he was as little as they are now.

He said the coun­try had come a long way since the days of apartheid when things “of this na­ture would have not been done in the name of Man­dela”.

Mashaba also helped the cooks of the cen­tre by dish­ing out food. He said that when it came to ed­u­ca­tion, the coun­try had failed the youth, par­tic­u­larly black peo­ple, but his of­fice would in­ter­vene through var­i­ous ECDCs.

“The cen­tres should not be about par­ents leav­ing their chil­dren to go to work. They should be a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and that’s why it is im­por­tant to get the nec­es­sary ac­cred­i­ta­tion,” said Mashaba.

He added that he would be work­ing with the MMC for Health and So­cial Devel­op­ment, Dr Mpho Pha­latse, in sup­ply­ing bet­ter learn­ing tools to ECDCs.

Rose Sha­bangu, the prin­ci­pal of the day­care cen­tre, said she was hum­bled by the mayor’s visit and also by him hav­ing helped to paint the walls, which had been peel­ing badly.

Sha­bangu said she was sur­prised be­cause she had learnt about the visit only two days ear­lier.

She added that she dreamt of one day open­ing up an or­phan­age for chil­dren who had lost their par­ents to HIV/Aids.

Cen­tres should be a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment

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