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City transfers title deed to Baitul Ansaar Childcare Centre in Beacon Valley to enable expansion<p>​​Good afternoon, goeie dag, molweni, as-salaamu alaikum, shalom, namaste.</p><p>It is a true privilege for me to be here and be part of a historic occasion for a centre that does a thankless job in our communities.</p><p>The Baitul Ansaar Childcare Centre is the largest child and youthcare centre taking in both emergency at-risk children including infants, toddlers and older kids, and providing long-term accommodation for at-risk children servicing the Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha areas.</p><p>The lack of space over many years has meant that staff here have had the terrible task of having to turn children at risk away and that is something that we can never let pass without trying to do something to help.</p><p>When I came to the City in 2011 we started the process in terms of the MFMA’s Municipal Assets Transfer Regulations and embarked on the required legislative process to facilitate the disposal of this City-owned land.</p><p>It was a lengthy administrative haul until finally, on Friday 23 March 2018, the conveyancer lodged the ownership transfer instruction with the Deeds Office.</p><p>While I became frustrated at this process many times, I must say I am deeply grateful that I can finally place the title deed in Centre manager Moniebah Razack’s hands today.</p><p>Moniebah, I want to thank you for your patience and for never giving up on your calling to help the children that desperately need people like you; and I also want to thank the staff here.</p><p>You were so patient and hopeful that one day you would be able to expand the Centre to allow more children into this safe haven.</p><p>The work that you do here is of utmost importance in helping achieve our IDP objective of building a caring city. The least we could do is help you find space to make this facility bigger to welcome more children in need.</p><p>Anyone that knows me knows that I have a special place in my heart for children.</p><p>Children are a gift from God and they must be treasured, loved and nurtured.</p><p>Unfortunately, we live in a sick society where children are not held in the highest regard as they should be.</p><p>Every day we hear of children being hurt and killed in the most gruesome ways and it is an indictment on all of us that this happens.</p><p>It is inconceivable that these heinous crimes and attacks on our children take place and that places like this centre should even exist.</p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1063px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b></b></a>The Baitul Ansaar Childcare Centre is the largest child and youthcare centre </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1012px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The Baitul Ansaar Childcare Centre is the largest child and youthcare centre </p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1135px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> <b></b>The Baitul Ansaar Childcare Centre is the largest child and youthcare centre </p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p> </p><p>This week is usually the time when the country observes Child Protection Week where we highlight the rights of children and the actions we still need to take to protect our young children.</p><p>Our country has one of the world’s most progressive constitutions in the world and there are many laws which are meant to protect our children.<br>The Bill of Rights in the Constitution specifically states that every child has the right to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.<br>The Children’s Act further emphasises children’s rights and government’s role in the provision of social services to help families and communities to care for and protect children.<br>Without action to enforce the various pieces of legislation, these laws are just words on paper.<br>Despite all the protection in law, many children still remain vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation.<br>As a society we have to do much more to help the most vulnerable in our communities and ensure that they do not suffer abuse.<br>Child Protection Week is where we seek to mobilise all sectors to act to ensure that children have a safe and loving environment. This is something that must happen 365 days a year.</p><p>As government, we must join hands with centres such as this and work with all such facilities to empower them to do even more.</p><p>But government, social workers and NGOs cannot be positioned to police every household.</p><p>There is a great duty on the community members to act against abuse and neglect.</p><p>We need to go back to the values which recognise that it takes a village to raise a child and where my child is your child.</p><p>This is how we can protect those parents who are scared and, most importantly, this is how we can possibly save a child’s life and put an end to this scourge of child abuse and child killings.</p><p>It cannot be right that we go on with our lives every day as if there is nothing we can do.</p><p>We must stand up to abuse and make children’s rights a lived reality.</p><p>If we don’t do this, we fail children every day because every single person can do something to stop this once and for all.</p><p>In closing, from the bottom of my heart I want to thank the centre and all its donors for your compassion and your investment into these children’s lives.</p><p>Without you, there would be so many more children trapped in dire circumstances.</p><p>Government needs to work with partners like you who never stop caring and who never give up or lose hope.</p><p>I wish you well with the expansion plans and may they go as quickly as possible so you can finally expand the facility. Thank you again.</p><p>May the blessings of Allah be upon you all. I wish you a blessed, fulfilling Ramadaan.</p><p>Shukran, thank you, baie dankie, enkosi and God Bless.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-05-23T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#d662b000-ebd9-4cff-8d9f-ae22c105ed6c;L0|#0d662b000-ebd9-4cff-8d9f-ae22c105ed6c|title deed;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#98464881-1811-4e7f-9d65-92cd7118ace0;L0|#098464881-1811-4e7f-9d65-92cd7118ace0|Protection;GP0|#6f359a5c-6b7b-47bc-8437-f4d24d700325;L0|#06f359a5c-6b7b-47bc-8437-f4d24d700325|The mayor1

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