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SEIS programme: Qaphelani’s story

One of the biggest problems at Qaphelani is space - there is just not enough of it for the 60 children who are currently attending the centre. Owner and manager Elizabeth Ngobese says when the centre was built in 1996, it was to accommodate between 10- 20 children,...

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Early learning subsidy helps ECD centre

The winter of 2017 was a tough one for Strawberry Play Centre. “As is the case every year, the fees that pay my teachers’ salaries didn’t come in as it was supposed to,” says principal Mareldea Davids. “When money would come in, I would pay the teachers first, then...

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Inkanyezi in need of infrastructure improvements

Inkanyezi ECD Centre in Amaoti, Ethekwini municipality, will be undergoing renovations as part of the Strategic ECD Infrastructure Support (SEIS) Programme. This programme allocates limited infrastructure resources to upgrade ECD centres with high potential in the...

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Leaders of vision needed to save SA from financial vortex

Just over a decade ago, a senior official at national Treasury told me that government was “awash with money”. Not any more. Cost-cutting is the order of the day. Things are only going to get tighter after the medium-term budget policy statement on 25 October. We will...

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