Lottery funds 3 brand new ECD centres

Community News

The National Lottery Commission handed over three Early Childhood Development centres in Kuruman on June 29, 2017.
During the official opening, the Deputy Mi-nister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Mag-wanishe, and Professor Alfred Nevhutanda - Chairperson of the National Lotteries Com-mission, graced the occasion.
The deputy minister said, “Investing in ear-ly childhood development centres is a con-scious decision by the department to invest in our children. The ECDs are part of a R400-million project, which will result in 10 brick and mortar ECD centres being built in every province.
The National Lotteries Commission chair-person said that this was in response to the call by the commission to galvanise the ef-fort being made in early childhood learning.
Of the three centres, Masakhane Educare Centre owned by Saartjie Solomon in the Bankara-Bodulong village was built at a cost of about R3.8-million and already has an enrolment of about 177 children.
The centre has a staff room, four class rooms, ablution rooms, bathrooms, a sick-bay, a store room for each class, a kitchen and a playground.
Ms Solomon established the centre in 2000 but could not expand it to the size of her dreams. She applied to the lottery com-mission for assistance and sometime in 2015, when she least expected it, the commission made a surprise call to fund the project.
The Bankara based centre was con-structed by a local company called Segu-mutsi General Trading Enterprises that did commendable work - appreciated by both the sponsor and the dignitaries.
The other two ECDs are based in Magoja-neng village near Mothibistad.