Pieter de Wet, president of the management committee of the SAVF (Suid-Afrikaanse Vroue Federasie) service, gave general information on this social organization during its recent annual general meeting.
The SAVF, made up of volunteers and paid professionals, turns 118 this year.
Representatives of SAVF’s Santie Zietsman Early Childhood Development Center, SAVF’s Social Work Offices in Secunda, and SAVF’s new Child and Youth Care Center in Secunda serve on the Service Management Committee.
De Wet said the Secunda SAVF is working to continue providing services to vulnerable people.
They provide comprehensive services to the community through facilities such as nursing homes, shelters, children’s homes, child care centers and their social work offices.
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Marjori Kock, director of the Santie Zietsman Early Childhood Development Centre, said the center was founded in 1979 and celebrated its 43rd anniversary in July.
They have enrolled 160 children this year and have nine classrooms to accommodate children from the age of three months to grade R.
“We recently refreshed all of the classrooms with a fresh coat of paint and were fortunate to have a solar system courtesy of Proconics,” Kock said.
“This ensures uninterrupted operation at the center during load shedding.
“We plan to improve the playground next year and implement the ELDA program which focuses more on game-based education.”
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Mabutho Mlotshwa, the director of SAVF social work offices in Secunda, said that over the past year, child protection services have been rendered to 773 children and their families.
“Social workers have 143 children in care and they have opened 22 cases under the Children’s Act,” Mlotshwa said.
“Implementing services and support programs that meet the individual needs of each child at Janell House and the new SAVF Child and Youth Care Center in Secunda is a top priority for our social workers.
Other priorities for social workers include drug treatment, nursing home applications, food drives, aftercare for people in difficulty, family mediation and parenting plans.
The Secunda SAVF is also a designated adoption center that facilitates the adoption of minor children.
This social work office recently opened a second-hand clothing store and they were able to help three families with needed items after their homes burned down.
The SAVF is currently in need of volunteers to assist with fundraising, food drives, and the distribution of clothing and other needed items to those in need.
This organization is always in need of non-perishable food to distribute to people in need and relies on donations from the community and businesses in the area.
The SAVF leadership team is grateful for the community support for the opening of the Child and Youth Care Center in October.
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It was a dream of Mari Louw, the regional manager of SAVF in Mpumalanga.
Volunteers got together two years ago and started planning this center which is now registered with the Ministry of Social Development.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the community opened their hearts and made the center a reality.
The center can accommodate 24 children and with the continued support of the community, they will be able to support these children.
Anyone wishing to support the SAVF, donate food or help with fundraising, can contact them on 017 634 7719.