Early Childhood Development

A Sustainable Support Plan for Ithemba Labasha Crèche in Shaka’s Head


In 2013 the Ballito Street Heroes event, in an attempt to assist, identified Ithemba Labasha Crèche as their adopted CSI project.


Prior to 2014 Doreen Yengwa has struggled to keep the crèche going due to the drying up of overseas funding and during that period thanks must go to Jarred Pillay and his family as well as leitsch landscapes for the support they gave to Doreen and the creche. Thanks must also go to the efforts of the "Soul Sisters" ( Charlene, Sam and Jolene), who have supported Doreen with food and gas over the past three years. Through the efforts of all of these people Doreen was able to keep the crèche open.

in September 2013 The Ballito Street Heroes event, mainly due to the generous support of the event sponsors Shaun Duminy and the SMD Group, raised R37000 at a fundraising cocktail party. It was important for the event organizers to ensure that the crèche was given these funds within a monitored and sustainable framework.


Over the past three months the Novos Group and the Soul Sisters have been working with the Ilembe Chambers of Commerce and TREE, an organization specializing in creating sustainable and properly staffed crèches to ensure that the money raised for Ithemba Labasha was used in the best possible way. Soul sisters : Samantha van rensburg, Jolene de Sousa and Charlene Phytides 



TREE recognize that early childhood is a critical period in an individuals development as this is when the foundations for physical, cognitive and emotional development are laid. Numerous studies highlight that exposure of children to biological and psychosocial risk factors associated with poverty leads to inequalities in early development, which reinforces the cycle of poverty. In their essential programme package they cover: early stimulation and learning, health, social care, birth registration, nutrition, disability and parenting. This programme aims to improve and increase development opportunities for children under 5, address children’s basic rights to survival, protection and development and promote a seamless transition for young children from home to school.


The Ilembe Chamber of Commerce and TREE have identified 21 crèches in the Ballito region that require a sustainable and effective infrastructure. They are now identifying sponsors to adopt each of the 21 crèches so that the proper training and operational infrastructure can be implemented.


Ballito Street Heroes has adopted Ithemba Labasha as part of this initiative and the R37000 raised at last year’s Street Heroes event will be handed over to the Ilembe Chamber of Commerce and TREE so that Ithemba Labasha can be placed immediately on the TREE project management list. Novos Group and the Soul Sisters will continue with their fundraising efforts so that they can add to the sustainability of the project.


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Training that empowers local crèches

Early Childhood Development sets the foundation for a child’s education, holistic development and how they enter their future! TREE and The Ilembe Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Tourism formulated a strategy and implementation plan to improve the holistic development of the children and to uplift the Ilembe community at large with a focus on the KwaDukuza District. 
Last week twenty-one ladies from the crèche that will be a part of the development programme spent a day at TREE to begin their valuable training that will make a tangible difference for the children’s education in each of the 21 crèches. Using recyclable materials each lady was taught how to make different play resources that can be used as teaching aids and as toys for the children to play with. This training equipped the teachers to always have creative and imagination building recourses for their crèches. 
TREE and The Ilembe Chamber of Commerce are actively raising funds to begin the improvement and development of the crèches – empowering the ladies who work in them and providing a quality education for each child who attends. Local businesses or individuals can contribute to future building of these crèches and communities by contributing to the “Adopt a crèche” programme that will ensure each crèche is funded according to their needs. This will mean that 1302 children will be impacted through quality Early Childhood Development interventions; 29 practitioners will receive specialised ECD training and 400 households will benefit indirectly from the project. This partnership will be a platform for the community to take over a sustainable, working holistic development strategies for the children.  (Written by Terry Kass of TREE - Photos taken by Karen Horton, iLembe Chamber Woman in Business Forum)
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Woman in Business Forum & TREE Site visit - BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD!



The iLembe Chamber Woman in Business forum was established this year with the vision of becoming a catalyst of new innovative ideas, projects and networking opportunities - with a significant objective of empowering and uplifting woman of all ages, social and economic stature. The forum will also strive for positive change and have a direct impact on the improvement of our local economy and community development.


Early Childhood Development sets the foundation for a child’s education, well-being and provides the cornerstone for a successful future. We cannot ignore the fact that Children’s futures are under threat, thus the iLembe Chamber and TREE signed an MOU in September 2013, partnering to implement a three-year development program that will benefit 21 crèches. TREE and The iLembe Chamber of Commerce compiled a strategy and implementation plan to improve the holistic development of children and to uplift the iLembe community at large, focusing on the KwaDukuza District in particular. We have identified the Crèches in critical need for immediate attention

This three-year plan will be a platform for the community to take over a sustainable, working development strategy for children.


Speaking at the Ilembe Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Forum luncheon on 13 November at Hotel Izulu, Bertha Magoge, TREE Director, highlights why this partnership is so vital - “The plight of children in our surrounding communities is dire and can no longer be ignored. The employment rate in this community shows that 90% earn below the poverty line (R1600) with 61% being unemployed, these high levels of poverty compromise child care severely. We have to collaborate to make a tangible difference for many children in need in our province and country. Children born today will be 18 come 2030 and we must ask ourselves: What future does South Africa promise them?”


“This partnership allows us to have a unified response to the needs of the children and community and ensures that we make the best use of the little resources we have. The initial three year process allows enough time to develop the community and practitioner while making a sustainable impact on the children”, says ilembe Chamber of Commerce CEO, Trenley Tilbrook.


Click here for photos from the site visit and luncheon.





The iLembe Chamber and iLembe Woman in Business Forum would like to call for immediate assistance please – your donations of all the basic needs (as per analysis on our website) and necessities for children would be greatly appreciated. Please refer to our website for the vital requirements of the Crèches identified – herewith the links:

Basic Needs: http://www.ilembechamber.co.za/sites/default/files/ILEMBE%20BASLINE%20ANALYSIS_0.pdf

Baseline Analysis: http://www.ilembechamber.co.za/woman-business-forum-early-childhood-development-ilembe-baseline-analysis


Please contact Renalda Hoffmann or Ntombifuthi Mavundla should you have any queries.

Please deliver all donations to the iLembe Chamber Office. Unit 14, the Quarter Centre. Stewart Drive. Ballito Business Park.




Ballito Self Storage are sponsoring a 9sqm Storage unit! This will enable us to store all the donations for a short period so that we can sort and distribute accordingly – we hope to fill up and refill the space soon! J

A special thanks goes to Ballito Self Storage –http://www.ballitoselfstorage.co.za/


We had a great start to our morning 21/11 with our FIRST donation – educational toys, blankets, books – amazing necessities from Bernice Glenny (BGA Recruitment) Thank You so Much.


Thank You to Luanne Dunn, Carey Zebbie, Joanne Jackson and Ntombifuthi who visited Shayamoya Crèche 19/11. The children loved all the food and refreshments – Luanne….thank you for the amazing initiative to collect such a variety from the function you hosted.



Following The iLembe Chamber Women in Business Forum, Site Visit and Luncheon with Tree 13/11 we would like to call a meeting with the following objectives in Mind:
*To target the immediate needs of the 20 Crèches identified by the iLembe Chamber partnered with Tree.
*To elect a Steering Committee for this project and The iLembe Chamber Woman in Business Forum.

DATE:      27 November 2013, Wednesday
TIME:       8h30am to 9h30am.
VENUE:    iLembe Chamber Boardroom - 22 November 2013
RSVP:       Ntombifuthi - reception@ilembechamber.co.za

Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.
Kind Regards
Renalda Hoffmann
Tel: 087 727 8630
Fax: 086 666 1164
Email: renalda@ilembechamber.co.za
Website: www.ilembechamber.co.za
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