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Major upgrade for Yomelelani
Members of Yomelelani’s management committee who gave feedback at the ECD Centre’s AGM on Friday evening, included (from left): Ron Marchant (treasurer), Nomalibongwe Rasonti (secretary), Thembela Kuselemthini (member), Lubabalo Gecwa (ch

A major renovation project to the tune of more than R1 million has just begun at Yomele­lani Early Childhood Development and After Care Centre in Zwelihle.

Yomelelani, situated at the Hou Moed Centre in Zwelihle, held their annual general meeting on Friday 21 August.

The school, which has 60 children between the age of three and five years enrolled, will be able to accommodate a further 90 children including babies from three months old, once the upgrade construction project is completed.

This project is being sponsored by Aqunion, an aquaculture company with its head office here in Hermanus. Jacques du Plessis, CEO of Aqunion, attended the AGM on Friday evening, and said this project, which will be executed in two phases, was a way for Aqunion to give back to the community.

In her annual report, Corny Rode, general manager of Yomelelani, said the school has had a very successful year. She highlighted the contributions which have had a significant impact on the school. These included help from the United Church in the form of a special collection for the purchase of 75 mattresses as well as a generous cash donation, a sandpit donated by the Hermanus Rotary Anns, a fridge/freezer and a stove from the Overberg Community Trust, new chairs and tables for 60 children from a UK couple, funding from the Overstrand Municipality for three ECD assistants and a caretaker, and a donation of R11 400 from suppliers of Yorke Cash andamp; Carry for the groceries needed to provide the children with meals.

New projects initiated in 2015 include the Blinkies (takkies with colourful buttons) job creation project started by John Cowan, English lessons offered by SmartBrain Hermanus, and the recent establishment of a food bank to help families struggling to put bread on their tables.

Rode thanked sponsors, her staff for their dedication, the parents for their cooperation and support, and concluded her report by saying: “I would like to thank our Heavenly Father for providing us with His grace, wisdom and energy to do His work at Yomelelani.”

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