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Abalone business gives back to community
Back from left are Gerhard Smit (social development, Overstrand Municipality), Jacques du Plessis (Aqunion), Willem Briers (Aqunion), Rowan Yearsley (Aqunion) and Eugene Vosloo (Aqunion). Front: Louise Vosloo (Aqunion), Michelle Hamman (Aqunion), May

Aqunion, a local abalone farming business, has as a community outreach programme started a project at the Hou Moed centre in Zwelihle, where they will be renovating the dilapidated buildings in order to extend the existing Yomelelani Early Childhood Development Centre.

“With this project we will increase the capacity of the centre to accommodate an additional 90 children. Construction started on 24 August and is estimated to be completed by April 2016,” says Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Aqunion. The project will cost an estimated R1,2 million.

Aqunion would also like to thank the Overstrand Municipality for assisting them.

According to Gerhard Smit from social development at the Overstrand Municipality, when he first met up with Du Plessis, he had no idea that it would result in something like this.

“Early Childhood Development (ECD) is widely regarded as a key social development intervention that can address two of the country’s biggest challenges, namely poverty and inequality. More than half of the Hou Moed centre was empty and was not really usable because of a major damp issue and some other structural issues.

“The centre is located in Ward 5, which is also home to one of the biggest informal settlements in the Overstrand. Besides the 90 more children that will be able to attend the centre, the new centre will also create job opportunities for at least seven new ECD practitioners.

“This is a remarkable example of a social corporate investment initiative that will have a sustainable impact on the children’s lives, the community and society in general for years to come.”

For more information, visit www.yomelelani.co.za

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