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NC town gets a new ECD centre

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A secure communal park, which was also donated by Noupoort Wind Farm, is situated alongside the crèche to provide a place of play

OPEN: Chris Ford and Councillor Sestile officially opened the newly built Eurekaville Crèche, funded by Noupoort Wind Farm. Picture: Supplied

THE NEWLY-built Eurekaville Crèche, funded by Noupoort Wind Farm, has officially been opened.

During the opening ceremony in Noupoort this week, the mayor of Umsobomvu Municipality, Mzwandile Toto, said that the new early childhood development (ECD) facility would fulfil an educational purpose and provide safety and security in a controlled environment.

“This new ECD centre is the first stage of developing a child in their early stages, providing a building block to better performance in schooling and general preparations for schooling,” Toto said.

The new crèche has the capacity to take care of 200 children and is built on rezoned community land that was made available by the local municipality.

Accomodating children between the ages of two to six years, the crèche’s doors are now open, welcoming youngsters from the local community and specifically Vrolike Vinkies Crèche.

A secure communal park, which was also donated by Noupoort Wind Farm, is situated alongside the crèche to provide a place of play – an essential component for any community.

Noupoort Wind Farm’s socio-economic development programmes also builds ECD capacity and supports ECD practitioner training. This is to ensure that ECD centres, such as the Eurekaville Crèche, are well managed and provide quality education to young children, helping to prepare them for formal schooling.

“Public private partnerships of this nature ensure that communities truly benefit both now and well into the future and ensure that our socio-economic development programme is impactful and robust,” Noupoort Wind Farm’s economic development manager, Sandiswe Mntonintshi, said.

In a bid to boost local enterprise development, Noupoort Wind Farm opted to use a local “woman-owned” building contractor, Ferieda Magdalene Kei, to manage the construction of this community project. This is a key component of the “new-build”, which managed to positively benefit 20 local Noupoort households directly.

“Our team comprised of three bricklayers, 16 labourers and a driver, in addition to a local plumbing sub-contractor,” explained Kei.

Furthermore, the Eurekaville Crèche has been built using bricks that are manufactured by a local brick manufacturing SMME, Sandawana Brick Manufacturing Company. This fledgling enterprise has been receiving support from Noupoort Wind Farm’s development programme and is now able to provide full-time employment to five local men and has just purchased its third brick-making machine.

Earlier this year, Noupoort Wind Farm donated a library and computer centre to the local primary school. This entailed converting a previously unused classroom into a lively and engaging environment that is now a haven for young learners.