Crèche gets makeover from SA Post Of­fice

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ANNA COX @an­na­cox

THE BALOITSI Day­care Cen­tre in Diep­sloot, north of Joburg, has been renovated, thanks to the SA Post Of­fice.

Defney Moshokoa started Baloitsi when she was un­able to find em­ploy­ment. Her mother lent her money to put up a ba­sic build­ing with two class­rooms. The Post Of­fice has painted the walls, fixed the leak­ing roof, put up a new ceil­ing and in­stalled a door for the toilet.

Once th­ese faults were fixed, the day­care cen­tre com­plied with re­quire­ments for a grant, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to ren­der a much bet­ter ser­vice to the chil­dren at a lower cost to par­ents.

The Post Of­fice has al­ways pro­vided ser­vice to com­mu­ni­ties at grass­roots level, said Post Of­fice chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Barnes.

“We have a his­tory of sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion through the de­liv­ery of school books,” he said.

The project is run in con­junc­tion with the or­gan­i­sa­tion Joint Aid Man­age­ment South Africa, an NGO that feeds more than 90 000 preschool chil­dren in more than 2 000 cen­tres coun­try­wide.

Good nu­tri­tion and stim­u­la­tion were es­sen­tial to fully de­velop the po­ten­tial of pre-school chil­dren, Barnes said.

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