Acting MEC for Social Development Fenny Gaolaolwe on Tuesday took it upon herself to buy new clothes to 95 children residing at Boikagong child and youth care centre, citing that children in state run institutions should be treated the same as children in public servant’s homes.
“This is a temporary safe haven owned by government. We should ensure that it benefit children greatly in terms of education and providential care for all children residing here. That is what the law requires,” Gaolaolwe said, adding that children should get new clothes at least twice year.
Yesterday Gaolaolwe accompanied the first group of 25 children to Mr Price retail store to buy clothes of their choice to the value R2000 each. The children, Gaololwe said will be given ample time to go the clothing stores to choose and buy clothes for themselves in groups.
Children ululated and share the spirit of exhilaration for the new clothes. Judy Same (not her real name) who was among the first group that bought news clothes described the surprise visit of the MEC Gaolaolwe to the centre as a blessing them. “Because of the gesture from the authorities our centre is becoming home,” she said.
Boikagong child and youth care centre is currently providing accommodation to 95 vulnerable children who receive therapeutic services and developmental program during their stay at the centre.
A Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) is a facility that provides alternative residential care to more than six children outside the child’s family environment in accordance with a residential care programme suited for the children in the facility.
Gaolaolwe said her department will work tirelessly to provide much needed services at Boikagong which is a state-run institution situated in the capital Mahikeng.
For more information please contact the Departmental Spokesperson,
Petrus Siko on 018 388 1426 or 083 6470 668
Issued by Department of Social Development/Lefapha la Tlhabolo ya Loago