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Fi­nance min­is­ter punts chil­dren’s needs

‘Econ­omy must grow to pro­tect them from abuse, traf­fick­ing’

- NOKUTHULA ZWANE @Zwane_2li2ls

FI­NANCE Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba has en­cour­aged com­mu­ni­ties to pay bet­ter at­ten­tion to chil­dren and their needs in or­der to build an inclusive econ­omy.

Speak­ing at the 94th Child Wel­fare South Africa (CWSA) fund-rais­ing din­ner on Fri­day, Gi­gaba said the coun­try needed to grow the econ­omy while also pro­tect­ing chil­dren from abuse, traf­fick­ing and drugs.

CWSA is an um­brella body of NGOs work­ing across the coun­try and serv­ing more than 2 mil­lion chil­dren to en­sure they live in safe spa­ces and are not abused.

The din­ner in Sand­ton was at­tended by busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.

Gi­gaba said: “Last week, we spoke about the chal­lenges our econ­omy is fac­ing, we spoke about high un­em­ploy­ment.

“It’s a story of peo­ple who, be­cause the econ­omy is not grow­ing fast enough and big enough and more inclusive enough, will not have jobs. Who will not be able to feed and raise their chil­dren, and pro­vide for their chil­dren a bet­ter life.”

The al­most 300 at­ten­dees con­trib­uted al­most R210 000 in open pledges to CWSA and its ad­vo­cacy ini­tia­tives, the 4Our Chil­dren Coali­tion project, Com­bat­ing the Com­mer­cial Sex­ual Ex­ploita­tion and Traf­fick­ing of Chil­dren, as well as the Girl Child Project.

The min­is­ter said con­tri­bu­tions to the CWSA would change at least one child’s life.

“This con­tri­bu­tion will change a child’s life and raise up for us peo­ple who will make South Africa bet­ter and a proud na­tion,” Gi­gaba said.

CWSA pa­tron Vi­vian Reddy said: “We live in a great coun­try. There are more pos­i­tives in South Africa than neg­a­tives, and what hap­pens is that we tend to rate all the neg­a­tive things to be­come neg­a­tive about our coun­try.

“We rank as the third high­est in the world as peo­ple who con­trib­ute to good causes, and an or­gan­i­sa­tion like Child Wel­fare sur­vives be­cause of peo­ple like you.”

Ac­tor Khotso Ram­mopo said the im­por­tance of this fund-raiser was to up­lift chil­dren, give them a voice and help them re­alise their full po­ten­tial, re­gard­less of their creed or race.

“De­spite those achieve­ments, CWSA and its chil­dren face an ever-grow­ing threat of child traf­fick­ing and ex­ploita­tion. To put it sim­ply, we are at war,” he said.

To put it sim­ply, we are at war

 ?? PIC­TURE: ITUME­LENG ENGLISH / ANA ?? GOOD CAUSE: Amit Ra­masar, left, busi­ness­man Vi­vian Reddy and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba share a laugh at the Child Wel­fare South Africa din­ner in Sand­ton on Fri­day, when R210 000 in open pledges was re­ceived.
PIC­TURE: ITUME­LENG ENGLISH / ANA GOOD CAUSE: Amit Ra­masar, left, busi­ness­man Vi­vian Reddy and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba share a laugh at the Child Wel­fare South Africa din­ner in Sand­ton on Fri­day, when R210 000 in open pledges was re­ceived.

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