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Wolwerivier's only creche forced to close

Sunshine Educare, the only crèche operating in Wolwerivier, was set up to facilitate safe day care for the children from the community.

But the crèche faces imminent closure over non-compliant building regulations.

The City of Cape Town provided the land and donors sponsored a temporary structure when the creche was moved from Skandaalkamp to Wolwerivier settlement in 2015, explains Sunshine Educare founder Nikki Pretorius.

Pretorius says that City officials initially notified her in May that the creche structure was non-complaint and offered to assist with resolving the structural issues.

But after appointing an engineer, Pretorius says the City served the crèche with a notice to close.

She says the City has poached some of her crèche staff to provide care to the children who will be moved to other temporary premises.

Meanwhile the City's Suzette Little says that Sunshine Educare was warned on several occasions about safety issues.

The City has been asking for them to submit plans, but that has not been forthcoming.

Suzette Little, MayCo member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, City of Cape Town

Little says that the safety of children in the community comes first.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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