New ECD centre open to the children of Devon

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Parents of children aged between 0 and 5 years old in Devon will no longer look to childminders and baby-sitters to look after their kids during the day.

This is because the Gauteng Provincial Government has opened a new Early Childhoold Development (ECD) centre in the community on Friday, October 29.

Social Development’s MEC Morakane Mosupyoe together with Infrastructure Development MEC Tasneem Motara and Lesedi Municipality MMC Katie Rakitla officially handed over the newly built centre to the Devon community, south-east of Gauteng.

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According to the government, the opening of the ECD is part of observing social development month.

In October, government intensifies its services to various communities; including services to older persons, services to people with disability, services to victims of gender-based violence and Early childhood development.

Speaking at the opening, MEC Mosupyoe said the launch remembers the life of Charlotte Maxeke as she was a pioneer for education and that Gauteng Provincial Government seeks to bring early childhood development centres in rural areas as government values proper development of children.

She further acknowledged and thanked the family of John Jangaiso who allowed the government and community of Devon to honour him with the name of the centre.

She further acknowledged and thanked the family of John Jangaiso who allowed the government and community of Devon to honour him with the name of the centre.

The late John Jangaiso was a local ANC activist and leader who was shot dead by a named member of the SAP in Impumelelo (in Devon) on 2 December 1990. He was 22 years old.

The facility

The ECD will accommodate 80 learners, teachers and 4 assistans, a Centre Manager and an Administration Clerk.

The centre consists of 4 learning areas, Administration block, Kitchen, Four sick bays, Nurses station, store rooms, ablution and changing rooms facilities and refuse yard.

MEC Motara said it took twenty-four months to complete the project as the provincial government invested just over R18 million to the community of Impumelelo where they were able to provide four hundred and twenty-four Extended Public Work Programme (EPWP) jobs opportunities throughout the duration.

She further indicated that the project was able to hire ten sub-contractors and four of them were the locals.

Devon resident, Thoko Skhosana (57), said they are excited as community to receive the facility of this nature in Devon adding that it is the first of its kind in their area and committed to protect it from vandalism.

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